There are many countries in this world in which being part of the LGBTQ community could very well threaten your life and safety and leave you little opportunity for a happy life.
One Guatemalan mother recognized that such a fate could befall her gay son if she stayed in her home country. So right after completing her university degree, she left Guatemala with her two sons and illegally immigrated to the United States where she worked and provided for her family as a housekeeper.
This is the story of Javier. The Human Rights Campaign recently interviewed Javier, and he shared this story of his mother bringing him to the United States when he was six years old.
“Right after I came out to my mother, the first thing she told me was that it was the reason we had immigrated to the United States,” he shared. “I guess I might’ve just been a very queer kid… and my mother realized it wasn’t something that was going to go away.”
“There just came a point where my mom decided we can’t stay in this country,” he continued. “It’s not safe for my family, it’s not safe for me. And so, she made the sacrifice to come to the U.S.”
It’s clear how grateful Javier is for his mother and her actions so that he could have a normal childhood and a brighter future.
Though Javier is now a legal citizen, he understands why many undocumented immigrants are fearful now that Trump is in the presidency.
“I think it is very difficult to be queer in the Latino community. There is violence against LGBTQ people. I can’t imagine all the people who are facing deportation now, how they’re going to face that hatred,” he said.
He also provides advice to Americans who have undocumented friends who are worrying right now:
“I think more valuable than anything is letting people know you care about them. And that you are willing to use your privilege as an American citizen to fight for them.”
Watch the full interview with Javier below: