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Gay Undocumented Immigrants Face Deportation, Discrimination And harassment

David Olson from The Press-Enterprise writes this article:

Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol have been together nearly six years. The Cathedral City couple plans to spend the rest of their lives together.

But Benshimol, a Venezuelan immigrant, faces deportation for overstaying his visa. The couple’s marriage last year in Connecticut doesn’t protect them because the U.S. government does not recognize same-sex unions.

“We’re married but we’re nothing to the government,” Benshimol said.

An increasing number of gay illegal immigrants are going public with their stories, some risking deportation to homelands in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people face harassment or violence.

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