#Not1More Deportation

Undocumented Transgender Woman Who Interrupted President at White House Pride Event Calls to End Deportation

There is no Pride as long as LGBTQ Immigrants are being imprisoned, she says.
WASHINGTON, DC — Just moments ago, Jennicet Gutiérrez  interrupted the President during the White House pride celebration shouting “President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations.” As a transgender woman who is undocumented,  Gutiérrez said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at this very moment.

“The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe, “explains Gutiérrez  “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”
Gutiérrez came to the US from Mexico, seeking safety and economic opportunity.  Gutiérrez has become one of many voices advocating for LGBTQ immigrants: upon arrival, she found community among other transgender immigrants, many of whom had been detained in ICE custody. Gutiérrez was a founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants often excluded in the immigration debate. The work of the organizations she represents, Familia QTLM and GetEQUAL, was echoed yesterday when 35 Congresspeople signed a letter sent to ICE demanding the agency release LGBTQ immigrants out of concern for their safety.
Media Contacts: H Kapp-Klote, GetEQUAL h@getequal.org785.331.9039
 B. Loewe, #Not1More, bloewe@onpoint.pro,773.791.4668
 Jorge Gutiérrez, Familia QTLM, jorge@familiaqtlm.org, 714.414.8171
The official White House Livestream of the event is below: