While outside covering the rallies during the oral arguments of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case regarding California’s Proposition 8, Campus Progress had the opportunity to talk with an LGBT undocumented citizen named Emella Bracencia, who describes herself as “undocumented, unafraid, queer and unashamed.”

LGBT undocumented immigrants face a unique struggle. They share the struggle of being shamed into silence for their status in the view of society. Undocumented LGBT persons have to, in a sense, “come out” twice: once to express their sexual orientation and again to reveal they’re without papers.

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