They came to America as children, and have known no other home. These young LGBT undocumented immigrants—who received LGBT DREAMers Fund grants to pay for DACA work permits applications—hope to become America’s leaders.
Through LGBTDREAMersStories.com, several grant recipients share their journeys, hoping others will see them for the courageous and talented people that they are—ultimately gaining their support to fix the nation’s fractured immigration policy by creating a pathway to citizenship for them and others.
About the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
In August 2012, President Obama announced a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows young people who came to the country as children to apply for relief from deportation and for two-year renewable work permits
The program will help thousands of people who only know America as their homes—where they’ve grown up, where they’ve become active members of their communities, and where they want nothing more than a chance to give back to the place that is a part of them.
These young people are known as DREAMers, named after the DREAM Act—the stalled federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for those who came to America as children. Without DACA approval, they cannot obtain lawful employment because of their status as undocumented immigrants.
About the LGBT DREAMers Fund
In October 2012, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center created the “LGBT DREAMers Fund to help young LGBT undocumented immigrants pay for costly DACA applications fees of nearly $470 each.
Launched with a challenge grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, more than 60 LGBT organizations and individual donors from across the country contributed to the fund, initially raising $75,000 to help nearly 160 people pay for their DACA applications.
The fund has reopened as a result of new donations tallying $25,000 from LGBT organizations and donors following President Obama’s historic announcement that he’s committed to immigration reform.
Grants will be available to 40 more LGBT undocumented immigrants. The fund is now accepting applications.
Apply for a Grant
LGBT undocumented immigrants in need of funds for DACA applications can apply for grants from the LGBT DREAMers Fund at www.LibertyHill.org/LGBTDREAMersFund.
Contributors to the LGBT DREAMers Fund
• Aaron Belkin, Executive Director of the Palm Center
• Center on Halsted (Chicago)
• The Center/GLBT Community Center of Colorado
• Cream City Foundation
• The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
• Equality Federation
• Equality Maine
• Family Equality Council
• Freedom to Marry
• Gay City Health Project (Seattle)
• Gay Community Center of Richmond
• Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)
• Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
• Greater Palm Springs Pride
• GSA Network
• Horizons Foundation
• Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
• Immigration Equality
• Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council
• L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
• Lambda Legal
• LGBT Center of Central PA
• LGBT Center of Raleigh
• LGBT Project of the ACLU
• Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
• Mautner Project Board and Staff
• Metropolitan Charities
• National Center for Lesbian Rights
• National Coalition for LGBT Health
• National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
• National Stonewall Democrats
• The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (New York City)
• One Colorado
• Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
• The OUTreach Center (Madison, WI)
• Pride Foundation
• Pridelines Youth Services (Miami Shores, FL)
• Q Center (Portland, OR)
• Rainbow Community Center (Contra Costa, CA)
• Ruth Ellis Center, Inc. (Detroit)
• San Diego LGBT Community Center
• Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
• Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
• San Francisco LGBT Community Center
• Transgender Law Center
• The Trevor Project
• True Colors
• Several Anonymous Donors