Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force/L.A.
c/o L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center / Legal Services
1625 North Schrader Boulevard / Los Angeles, CA 90028-9998
voice: 323.526.2915 / fax: 323.993.7653 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWSLETTER: September 1999
NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING SET FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14 at 7pm
The next meeting of Immigration Equality will be on the second Tuesday of the month--Tuesday September 14--at 7pm at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (1625 North Schrader Boulevard in Hollywood, two blocks west of Cahuenga Boulevard and one-half block south of Hollywood Boulevard). We will be meeting in Room 204 (on the second floor) in the library of the Legal Services Department. This monthís topic will be "What's next in gay and lesbian immigration."
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ASYLUM CLAIM
For the first time, the West Hollywood City Council has taken a position on an individual political asylum claim. Last month, the City Council passed a resolution urging the I.N.S. to grant political asylum to a gay Chinese dissident, referred to as "Tim Z." For more information on the resolution contact Councilman Paul Koretz at 323.848.6315 or Councilman Jeffrey Prang at 323.848.6426.
GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS SETTLES PROPOSITION 187 COURT FIGHT: ITíS DEAD!
After being passed by the voters in November 1994, Proposition 187, a virulently anti-immigrant statewide ballot measure, was prevented by a federal judge from ever going into effect. The same judge eventually ruled that most of the initiative was unconstitutional. Last month Governor Gray Davis declined to continue the appeal of the case, thus ending the legal fight with the effect that the original ruling stating that Proposition 187 is unconstitutional being the final word.
MOMENTUM GAINS IN FAVOR OF CHANGES TO IMMIGRATION LAW TO HELP SAME-SEX COUPLES : WE NEED YOU!
LGIRTF has started a campaign to get same-sex couples to talk with federal legislators about amending the Immigration and Naturalization Act to assist in the immigration of non-citizen partners. In particular in New York binational couples have been talking with U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler. In Los Angeles, Immigration Equality is looking for couples who will be willing to visit their congressional representatives. Please contact Chapter Coordinator Ron Buckmire at 323.259.2536 if you are interested in participating.
ARE YOU WIRED? JOIN THE IMMIGRATION EQUALITY MAILING LIST
If you have an email address and you would like to have more regular communication with other gay and lesbian immigrants in Southern California, you should send your email address to LGIRTF@abacus.oxy.edu
DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY COMING SOON! TUNE IN TO NEXT MONTHíS NEWSLETTER
The dates of the Diversity Visa "Lottery" (DV-2001) are October 4 thru November 3. This is a program by which 55 000 permament resident visas are made available to "diversify" the pool of immigrants to the U.S. It requires a very simple (one-page) application process. Anyone can apply. Immigration Equality and the Immigration Law Project of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center will be co-sponsoring a couple of information sessions during the month of October.
IMMIGRATION RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON THE WEB
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, our parent organization has a website at http://www.lgirtf.org/
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which has an Asylum Project,
is at http://www.iglhrc.org/
The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the most prominent U.S. organization devoted to gay and lesbian legal issues has a section of its website devoted to immigration at
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
The National Immigration Forum has a website at
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
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has its official website at http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/
The law firm of Siskind 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
The LGIRTF addresses the widespread discriminatory impact of immigration laws on the lives of lesbians, gay men and people with HIV through education, outreach, advocacy and the maintenance of a nationwide resource and support network