Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force/LA
c/o L.A Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center/Legal Services Department
1625 North Schrader Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028-9998
(new vox) 323-526-2915 (fax) 323-993-7699 (email) LGIRTF@abacus.oxy.edu
The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Inc. (LGIRTF) is a
non-profit organization, headquartered in New York City, with chapters in many cities across the country. It was first convened in 1993 by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and The Center International Lesbian and Gay Association,
and is advocating the reform of discriminatory immigration laws in the USA.
Immigration Equality is the Los Angeles chapter of the national LGIRTF organization.
seeks to end discrimination in immigration against lesbians and gay men through education,
outreach, advocacy, and a nationwide resource and support network.
- Proposition 187 and other proposals to restrict immigration are direct
attacks on all lesbian and gay immigrants, including those living with HIV/AIDS.
- U.S. Immigration law, intended to promote family unity, permit foreign spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to immigrate,
but discriminates against lesbian and gay people by not allowing our
loved ones who are foreign citizens to immigrate.
- Already Australia, Canada, Denmark, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden, recognize lesbian and gay couples for immigration purposes
- The HIV exclusion can be waived for heterosexual spouses, yet
until same-gender couples are recognized by U.S. immigration law, no such
waiver is available for our people.
- In some countries, gays and lesbians face state-sponsored penalties,
torture and even death becase of their sexual orientation. Like others who seek
refuge in the in the U.S., gays and lesbians should be granted asylum
- To advocate equal immigration rights for lesbian and gay people
- To support marriage as a vehicle for lesbian and gay immigration
- To build an immigration legal resource and social support network for the
lesbian and gay community.
- To empower lesbian and gay people with knowledge of immigration rights