Equality California Institute is proud to unveil Equality4All, a statewide effort to increase awareness and participation for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other naturalization programs. EQCAI is leading a collaborative of LGBT organizations across the state to help LGBT and non-LGBT undocumented individuals come out of the shadows and become fully integrated into the economic, civic, and social life of the state.
LGBT people are represented in every community in California and throughout the country, including in undocumented and immigrant communities. Until our nation has a just and functional immigration system, we do not have full and lasting LGBT equality. For undocumented LGBT people, they face tremendous negative effects on their social well-being for being members of two marginalized groups. This results in LGBT undocumented people being some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Improving the lives of LGBT undocumented Californians requires that we improve the lives of ALL undocumented Californians.
LGBT people are part of all communities. In order to bring undocumented LGBT people out from the shadows and into the full scope of our community, we need to seek social justice for the communities that they are a part of. For non-LGBT undocumented people, we must also prioritize their needs and issues. Our respective communities do not exist apart from each other. Undocumented Californians are members of our families, friends, partners, neighbors and coworkers.
For Equality California Institute, it’s not just about the civil rights of LGBT people, we support social justice for everyone. As a community who has been the subject of discrimination, we understand the injustices faced by undocumented Californians and are committed to social justice for all communities that LGBT people are part of. Here’s what you can do to become more involved:
Equality4All is made possible through the generous contribution and support from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Four Freedoms Fund.