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By Charlotte Robinson, April 03, 2013
In conjunction with the recent release of the report “Living In Dual Shadows: LGBT Undocumented Immigrants,” the Center for American Progress announced the launch of a new website out4citizenship.org to tell the stories of LGBT undocumented immigrants & continue the momentum toward providing a path to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants. The new website is an opportunity for supporters of our LGBT community & immigration reform to publicly “come out” in support of citizenship by signing a pledge, with a goal of 267,000 signatures, one for each of the 267,000 LGBT undocumented people in the United States ahead of next week’s march for immigration reform in Washington, D.C., on April 10th. Those who sign pledge that: “I stand in support of immigration reform that puts 11 million Americans-in-waiting, including more than 267,000 LGBT people on the road to citizenship. I believe Congress must act now to enable LGBT undocumented immigrants to become full & equal participants in our society.” Out4citizenship.org also shares the stories of undocumented LGBT immigrants who are “living in a double closet” & the challenges that this community faces every day, whether it’s discrimination in employment or separation from partners because of their legal status & laws that discriminate against gay & lesbian couples. The site includes a new video, narrated by Jose Antonio Vargas, that features LGBT undocumented immigrants sharing their own experiences on camera. The website also highlights new research from The Williams Institute at UCLA that examines the LGBT undocumented population, an infographic on this population in the United States, & the CAP report, “Living in Dual Shadows.” For More Info: out4citizenship.org 
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