Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force/L.A.
P.O. Box 2329 / Los Angeles, CA 90078-2329
voice: 323.526.2915 / fax: 323.993.7653 / e-mail: ImmigrationEquality@yahoo.com
NEWSLETTER: MAY 2000
Please join us on Wednesday, May 10, at 7 pm, for Immigration Equality’s next general meeting. We will meet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (1625 North Schrader Boulevard in Hollywood, 2 blocks west of Cahuenga and ½ block south of Hollywood) in Room 106C (1st floor).
If you can receive the newsletter by e-mail, please tell us at ImmigrationEquality@yahoo.com and we’ll update our listserve. If you do NOT have e-mail, also let us know by calling Jeff Kim @ 323.993.7674 before May 31, so that we can continue to mail you the newsletter by snail mail. Otherwise, this will be the last newsletter you receive. Thanks!
Members of the Lesbian/Gay Immigration Rights Task Force marched in the parade, demanding 'Stop Deporting Our Partners' and 'Pass the Permanent Partners Act'.
We are looking for volunteers to help us staff our designated area at the GAPSN table at Long Beach Pride, Saturday, May 20th, and Sunday, May 21st. If you have some time, please contact ImmigrationEquality@yahoo.com or call Jeff Kim @ 323.993.7674.
OF "Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000" (H.R. 3650)
grows to 34!
As of May 03, 2000, the "Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2000" (H.R. 3650) has 34 co-sponsors! One of the new co-sponsors is Congressman Julian C. Dixon, 32nd District.
· VISIT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE WITH US!
We hope to visit the following members of Congress in the Los Angeles area. If you are a constituent of Congressman Berman (26th district), Congresswoman Millender-McDonald (37th district), Congresswoman Napolitano (34th district), Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (33rd district), Congressman Sherman (24th district), or Congresswoman Waters (35th district), please contact us! Our visit will inform them about the plight of binational same-sex couples under current U.S. immigration law. You neither have to be gay nor in a binational same-sex relationship in order to join us in our fight for equality!
The "Love Knows No Borders" campaign can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. LKNB’s web site — http://loveknowsnoborders.homepage.com — includes moving stories of same-sex binational couples struggling with discriminatory U.S. immigration laws.
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (LGIRTF), our parent organization, has a website at http://www.lgirtf.org
LGIRTF, in collaboration with Lambda Legal, has published "LGBT Immigrants and The Law: Frequently Asked Questions." This is an outstanding resource and is available on the web at http://www.lgirtf.org/faq.html
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which has an Asylum Project, is at http://www.iglhrc.org/
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the most prominent U.S. organization devoted to lesbian and gay legal issues, has a section of its website devoted to immigration at http://www.lambdalegal.org/
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Immigration Law Project provides consultations with immigration attorneys in its evening legal clinic. For more information on making an appointment, see the “Legal Services” web page in http://www.laglc.org/resources/immigration.html
The Cato Institute and the National Immigration Forum have placed the text of their 1995 report on demographic and economic facts of immigration in the U.S. on the web, at http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr_immig.html
The National Immigration Forum has a website at http://www.immigrationforum.org/
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has a very useful website at http://www.aila.org/
The Stonewall Immigration Group, our sister organization in the United Kingdom, has a website at http://www.stonewall.org.uk/
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has its official website at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/
The law firm of Suskind et al has launched a website which has copies of actual INS forms at http://www.visalaw.com/
The Canadian law firm of Smith & Hughes has an OUT/LAW immigration site at
The Queer Resources Directory, the oldest queer internet archive, has a section devoted to immigration at http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/world/immigration
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M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
LGIRTF addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration law on the lives of lesbians, gay men and people living with HIV/AIDS through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide resources and support network.