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ADVISORY: Jose Antonio Vargas to Speak at CAP on LGBT Undocumented Immigrants

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Contact: Crystal Patterson
Phone: 202.478.6350

Washington, D.C. — Please join the Center for American Progress and the Williams Institute at UCLA on Friday, March 8, as we discuss how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, undocumented people find themselves at the intersection of two already marginalized groups—the LGBT population and the undocumented population. For this reason, they are among society’s most vulnerable.

In a first-of-its-kind analysis that will be released at this event, we will uncover a number of key demographic characteristics about this population. The Center for American Progress will also be releasing a comprehensive report at this event outlining the particular disparities, hardships, and challenges this population faces.

Passing an immigration reform bill with a road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States would lift LGBT undocumented people out of the shadows, treat them with the dignity they deserve, and enable them to become full and equal participants in our society, economy, and democracy.

You can follow this event on Twitter using the hashtag #Out4Citizenship.


Introductory remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder, Define American

Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute

Michael Jarecki, Principal, Law Office of Michael R. Jarecki

Maya Rupert, Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights


Angela Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a post-event press availability with LGBT people from around the country, including undocumented immigrants, who can discuss the personal hardships they face.


Friday, March 8, 2013
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET


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Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center


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