The U.S. has not been the most welcoming place for immigrants seeking refuge from the violence and persecution in Central America. As a result, many immigrants, from places like El Salvador, have sought shelter in nearby Mexico, which often times turns people away, or outright discriminates them for any number of reasons. Members of the LBGTQ community seeking refuge know this as well as anyone. To most of us, the stories of refugees in these situations are just stories, but for those that live them, it’s a reality from which they cannot escape.
In a recent podcast from Latino USA, two men from Central America discuss their harrowing story of love in the time of violence.
Mauricio and Jorge traveled separately from El Salvador to Chiapas, Mexico fleeing gang violence But their experiences at home and on the journey have been complicated by an important factor: they are a gay couple. Now living in limbo Tapachula, Chiapas, Mauricio and Jorge have spent the last year navigating Mexico’s asylum system. . . . Listen to "Seeking Asylum, Seeking to Stay Together" on the latest episode of @latinousa. #lgbtq #pride #refugees #asylum
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The two young men from El Salvador, Mauricio Pérez and Jorge Alberto Alfaro González, discuss how the violent living conditions in their country — both men were targeted by gangs, including MS13 — as well as the culturally taboo nature of their relationship, gave them the courage necessary to seek out a new life in Mexico. Mexico, unfortunately, is a country with the second highest number of hate crimes against the LBGTQ community “in the hemisphere.” This is the reality of their story, which many members of the LBGTQ community face everyday.
Check out the entire podcast here to hear the people behind the headlines tell their story.
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