|Jennicet Gutiérrez of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement|
Jennicet Gutiérrez, who interrupted a White House gay pride event with a call to end detainment and deportation of LGBTQ immigrants in June 2015, will open the 2nd Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, February 25, 2016 at UC Riverside.
She and other trans and queer immigrants, undocumented and allies, youth leaders and parents helped found Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement in 2014. Familia’s working vision is “to the liberation of every LGBTQ Latin@ and to a radically and collective revolution to empower and free our culture, art, history and families from oppression. We seek to abolish the systems that imprison, kill and marginalize our people. We are here to help re-vision a new world founded on the principles of self-relization and self-determination.”
Jennicet will speak about her own journey to activism and the current sitiation for undocumented LGBTQ immigrants. According to a 2014 Fusion investigation, “U.S. immigration officials detain an average of 75 transgender detainees each night. Even though transgender immigrants make up just one out of every 500 detainees, they account for one out of five confirmed sexual abuse cases in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention.”
Friday’s events are free and open to the public. Saturday’s events are open to all who register online. Learn more here.