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Gay DREAMer stranded in Mexico Continued from page 4 de Mujeres Lesbianas por la Diversidad, an LGBT advocacy group in El Salvador known by the acronym ESMULES, told the Blade last September in San Salvador that young undocumented immigrants from the Central American country account for the third highest percentage of DACA recipients. Ayala highlighted the case of a gay couple who she said the U.S. deported to El Salvador, even though they are both DACA recipients and one of them was brought to the U.S. when he was 6-months-old. Ayala said the couple was legally married in Virginia and
raising a young child in the state. Now the couple cannot work or study in El Salvador because they do not speak Spanish. She also described the Trump administration’s overall immigration policy as “dehumanizing.” El Salvador, along with neighboring Honduras, is among the world’s most violent countries. Violence associated with MS-13— which Salvadoran immigrants who fled their homeland’s civil war formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s—and with other gangs and drug trafficking continues to wreak havoc in many parts of the country. Activists in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala with whom the Blade has spoken since Trump took office have said
the gangs and the police routinely target people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. They also stress this violence—combined with discrimination that makes access to education, employment and health care difficult in their countries— have prompted LGBT people to flee. “We have a forced migration,” a transgender activist in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula told the Blade in February 2017 during an interview at their office. “They don’t do it because they want to. They are doing it because the situation in which we are living in our country is very difficult.” As for LA-raised Villada—he is currently living in Mexico’s Jalisco state in which the
cities of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, a popular destination for LGBT tourists from the U.S., are located. Many LGBT migrants from Central America initially travel to Mexico City, which has a comprehensive anti-discrimination law and a number of advocacy groups. Violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity nevertheless remains commonplace throughout Mexico. Villada told the Blade that as an openly gay man, he is “in constant fear of even going down the street for a soda.” “I’m still living in fear, even right now,” he said. “It is not a place that is safe, even in my eyes.”
QUOTES Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen who captured the hearts of millions after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, announced on Instagram April 16 that she has been “HIV positive for many years.” Wurst, aka Tom Neuwirth, says she’s been taking HIV medication for many years, her viral load is undetectable, and thus there is no risk for transmitting the virus to sexual partners. “This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an exboyfriend is threatening to go public with this private information, and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me or affect my life,” Wurst wrote. Wurst’s televised win in 2014 reportedly annoyed Russian President Vladimir Putin and was widely construed as a middle finger to the country’s anti-gay “homosexual propaganda” law. Wurst then proved a glam superstar walking the Red Carpet for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills in 2015 as a guest of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. STAFF REPORTS
“I firmly believe that we cannot tolerate discrimination against any individuals or groups in our country. Such treatment always brings with it pain and perpetuates hate and intolerance.” – First Lady Barbara Bush in a 1989 letter responding to PFLAG president Paulette Goodman, via makinggayhistory.com.
“The events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult.” - Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Nicole Nishida to the LA Times on filing a criminal sexual assault case with the district attorney April 5 against actor Kevin Spacey.
“The [LDS] church has been under siege. Since Prop. 8, really.”
– Longtime Mormon Church critic Fred Karger to FOX 13 after Salt Lake City premier of his “South Park”-style animated cartoon video slamming the Church’s business practices and promoting his MormonTips.com website.
Losangelesblade.com, Volume 2, Issue 8, April 20, 2018