Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law Repugnant To Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Queers

It is hard to believe that people do not understand why Transgender people as well as Lesbians, Bisexuals and Gays find Arizona's new immigration law repugnant.

It appears there are some TBLG people who do not get it either. If you are not living in a marginalized group of people, you wouldn't get it. If you are LGB and assimilated into "normal" society, you take your civil rights for granted. You may not know it but you have sold out to the oppressor.

As a Transgender citizen of the United States, I am marginalized and I refuse to sell out. I refuse to rest until ALL people are treated equally including all immigrants.

So when you see the police stopping a person and demanding their papers, remember it was not that long ago when the Gestapo did the same thing.

We stand in solidarity or we fall to oppression. Your choice!

Gay groups denounce AZ immigration law
by (June 8th, 2010 @ 3:18pm)

PHOENIX -- More than 20 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality groups condemned Arizona's new immigration law Tuesday, saying it gives license to discriminate.

The groups issued a joint statement, saying, "Arizona's SB1070 takes the state down a path that will lead to racial profiling, discrimination and anti-immigrant extremism. We stand in solidarity with other individuals, organizations and local governments in rejecting the misrepresentation of immigrants put forth in this unjust and ill-conceived measure."

The statement continued: "SB1070 essentially declares an entire class of people to be inherently criminal on the basis of their race and appearance. The consequences of SB1070 are grave and troubling: the inevitability of racial profiling and infringement of civil liberties; the strong probability of violence and harassment against individuals and their families; and the reversal of progress toward creating a more inclusive society."

The groups said Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the immigration bill, is the same governor who last year "stripped away" health insurance benefits from same-sex domestic partners of state employees.

"Brewer's actions as governor demonstrate, at best, callous indifference -- and, at worst, willful malice -- toward immigrants and LGBT people alike," the statement said.

It said all Arizona families have reason to be alarmed.
"The state's new law threatens to tear apart families, separate children from their parents and rip apart loving couples who are building their lives together."

The LGBT groups said they would join others in a boycott against Arizona until SB1070 is repealed or thrown out by the courts.
Among the groups signing onto the statement were: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Immigration Equality, National Black Justice Coalition, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, International Foundation for Gender Education, Family Equality Council, Two Spirit Press Room, Equality Federation, National Minority AIDS Council, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Freedom to Marry, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Lambda Legal, BiNet USA, International Federation of Black Prides Inc., Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, SAGE, Atticus Circle, National Center for Lesbian Rights.

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