LGBTQ

Trans women may now be held in women’s facilities, immigration officials say

Fusion

U.S. immigration officials on Monday announced transgender detainees will for the first time be able to be housed in detention facilities that match their gender identity.

The update is part of an 18-page guide unveiled today that details how U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and contractors should interact with transgender immigrants in custody.

“We believe this guidance is the most comprehensive for transgender individuals in any custodial entity,”  Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, the deputy assistant director for custody programs for ICE, told Fusion in a telephone interview Monday.

The announcement comes less than a week after an undocumented transgender woman named Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted President Obama’s speech at a White House pride event.

“President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention,” Gutiérrez told the president.

Also last week 35 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson urging him to end the…

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MIC.COM: “17 Photos Reveal Why LGBTQ People of Color of Are #NotTooProudToFight During Pride Month”

Darnell L. Moore’s  piece on LGBTQ people of color is definitely worth a read:

“If LGBTQ people have reason to be proud today, it is because of the radical responses of the tenacious freedom fighters, black and brown folk among them, who refused to be mistreated and shamed by the state or society. Yet contemporary Pride celebrations often overlook the radical starting place of the queer and trans struggle. These events also tend to be largely organized around white LGBTQ people.

Given this reality, Mic asked LGBTQ people of color to tell us who they are thinking about and fighting for during this Pride season. The hashtag adorning each photo, #NotTooProudToFight, is meant to reframe the common understanding of LGBTQ Pride month from a moment only of celebration to one committed to the fight for racial, gender, social and economic justice.”