Last night I was performing at a concert in Wolf Trap, just outside of Washington, D.C. This morning I will be headed up to Capitol Hill to take a different kind of stage — a briefing for Congressional staffers about the importance of immigration reform to my family.
My partner Tristin is from Canada. We met nearly 10 years ago when Tristin was serving as a substitute tour manager for the Indigo Girls. We soon became friends and then slowly fell in love. Even though we are a completely committed family (which includes our 6-month-old daughter), there is no way for me to sponsor Tristin for a green card to keep our family together. This is the story I will be sharing on Capitol Hill today.
I am honored to be joined on this panel by a number of other LGBT individuals whose lives are also fundamentally shaped by immigration reform. Marco, an Immigration Equality staffer and gay DREAMer – will be sharing his story about what a path to citizenship would mean for him and his family. One of Immigration Equality’s former clients will be talking about their experience as an asylee and why we must eliminate the arbitrary one-year filing deadline for asylum which harms so many LGBT individuals fleeing persecution abroad.
I support comprehensive immigration reform because I believe that diversity makes our country richer and America should be a place for people who want to build a better life with their families. That reform must include all families – including families like mine. And that’s what I’ll be saying today on Capitol Hill.
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