Queer Migration Politics
Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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This is a book about coalitional moments, several of which have resulted in its completion. I want to begin by acknowledging my family of origin, including my paternal grandparents, the late Ruth Sánchez Chávez and Arthur Chávez, and my maternal grandparents, Virginia and the late Elmer Sinsel. ...
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Prior to 1990 gays and lesbians were legally excluded from migrating to the United States. The Immigration Act of 1990 effectively ended what was known as “homosexual exclusion.”1 President George H. W. Bush signed the act in the context of an already crucial time for gay, lesbian, and queer people in the United States. ...
1. The Differential Visions of Queer Migration Manifestos
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For a brief moment in 2009, Shirley Tan and Jay Mercado, a binational lesbian couple living in California, became household names.1 The couple fought for Tan’s right to stay in the United States after she was denied political asylum and, apparently unbeknownst to the couple, placed in deportation proceedings. ...
2. The Coalitional Possibility of Radical Interactionality
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Queercents is a special-interest website that features daily tips on financial matters, an LGBTQ perspective on money, and an array of stories that are likely relevant to a middle-class, US-based LGBTQ audience.1 Shortly after joining as a contributor, Yasmin Nair wrote an entry about the Uniting American Families Act. ...
3. Coming Out as Coalitional Gesture?
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The “DREAM Act 21,” a group of self-identified undocumented youth activists dressed in graduation caps and gowns staged nonviolent sit-ins at the Washington, DC, offices of Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV), John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), on July 21, 2010.1 ...
4. Coalitional Politics on the US-Mexico Border
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When Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 in 2004, requiring their fellow Arizonans to show proof of citizenship to vote or receive certain health benefits, it marked one of the first of many laws in the early twenty-first century targeting marginalized groups in the state.1 ...
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced in late September 2012 that gay and lesbian couples would be regarded as “family relationships” in immigration deportation proceedings.1 This means that certain gay and lesbian couples will be treated like married or engaged heterosexual couples as officials evaluate deportation cases. ...
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Publication Year: 2013