Author Archives: Rachel B. Tiven

Christmas Day, 1991

Rob and David met 22 years ago, while volunteering at a soup kitchen on Christmas day. After dinner was over, the couple had their first impromptu date at a 24-hour diner. Read more

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Safe and Happy

Damaris met her wife Leyda after moving to New Jersey. Back in Nicaragua, where her friend was killed just for being gay, it would have been impossible for her to live openly as a lesbian. “The only person I was open talking to was my grandma, because she protected me,” Damaris says. Read more

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13 Reasons to be Thankful in 2013

It’s been an amazing year for LGBT families and asylum seekers, thanks to supporters like you. You donated. You shared your stories with your elected officials, friends, and families. You lobbied for our families and marched with us. Read more

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Meet the Next Generation

I want to let you know about some important changes at Immigration Equality. When I depart at the end of the year, Trina Olson, our Deputy Director, will take over as Interim Executive Director. Read more

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Could you pack your life into one suitcase?

Two men holding hands is a common sight in New York City. For Russians Aleksandr and Ivan, it’s incredible. Four months ago, they were literally running for their lives. Alex, a photographer, had outed himself on Twitter and was receiving death threats. He’d been attacked on the street by a group of men who shouted homophobic slurs and slashed his arm with a knife. Read more

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