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Gay and Undocumented: Some, Like Dagoberto Bailón, Must Come Out Twice
Phoenix New Times ^ | Thursday, Feb 20 2014 | Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza

Posted on 02/20/2014 2:21:34 PM PST by nickcarraway

Dusk is falling quickly as Dagoberto Bailón steps forward and stands in the middle of a circle of people gathered outside the state Capitol on a Friday last October. He asks those around him if anyone would like to go first. It's National Coming Out Day, and Bailón assures them this is a safe space.

He looks around and sees that most people are staring everywhere but at him and some have even taken steps back. He shakes his head and mutters that he'll go first. After a deep breath and a quick look at the sky, he says, "My name is Dagoberto Bailón, and today I choose to come out of the closet as an undocumented man and a gay man."

For a second, the people around him stay silent, but loud clapping soon fills the space. Once it's gone, people step forward and start coming out, one by one. Bailón, meanwhile, looks at each of them proudly. It has been a successful event for Arizona's Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project.

For most people, coming out of the closet is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Bailón, it had to be done twice.

The first time happened in 2006 when voters passed Proposition 300, a measure that forbids students who cannot prove their lawful presence in the United States from getting financial aid or classification for in-state tuition. Bailón was a freshman at Phoenix College. The news effectively meant he had to leave college. Bailón immediately knew he wanted to join the fight for the education of undocumented students, but doing so meant publicly admitting his immigration status.

With almost no hesitation, Bailón became one of the hundreds of "DREAMers" who took to the streets and Internet to tell the world they were undocumented and unafraid.

The second time happened almost four

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1 posted on 02/20/2014 2:21:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Ugh, is it all gay all the time in the USA?


2 posted on 02/20/2014 2:22:59 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway
Arizona's Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project.

Any bets they receive Federal Gov't funding in some way?

3 posted on 02/20/2014 2:23:06 PM PST by PGR88
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To: nickcarraway

So now, we’re supposed to be liberal about homosexual illegals. OK, got it.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 2:23:41 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego (TH)
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To: Army Air Corps

That’s the law.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 2:24:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: F15Eagle
Jordan Baker is a female character.

Just so's you know ...

8 posted on 02/20/2014 2:30:24 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: F15Eagle

I could provide you with any number of people claiming that Abraham Lincoln was a sodomite, and the Beethoven was black ... just to pick a couple of perverse absurdities popular with the left.

For that matter, the queers also claim that Sam and Frodo, Kirk and Spock, and (most blasphemously) David and Jonathan were queer for each other.

I’m quite sure that you reject such nonsense out of hand. Any sane person would.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 2:36:05 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: nickcarraway
I think we should get together on the steps of the state capitols, and “come out”. And share our secrets that we are hard-working, tax-paying, heterosexuals, who believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, that citizenship is not just to be given out to anyone who sneaks into the country, that we demand our human rights of being able to keep more of our tax dollars and to have a greater voice in how they are spent.

We should share how we worked 2-3 part-time jobs (at a time) to get started in the workforce as youths, and worked our way up through blood, sweat, and tears. How we made do with concrete block and plywood shelving, milk crates, and hand-me-down everything else in our first homes and apartments. How we raised our children into productive and tax-paying adults with good values... etc etc

Do you suppose the media would come and fawn all over us, acting like we are some kind of heroes?

13 posted on 02/20/2014 2:37:47 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: F15Eagle

On the other hand, we have this Dagoberto character, who is proudly given over to unnatural lusts. He needs to be deported.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 2:38:06 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: F15Eagle
I know that there are some people who claim that Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway is gay. I know the scenes they would base that on. But there is no cohesive explanation for Nick Carraway being gay.

I can't think of any evidence of Fitzgerald being interested in gay characters. He doesn't seem to have had a particular interest in homosexuality.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 2:44:07 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: F15Eagle

Romans 1:26-27 ...

Seems to apply to the entire democrat party.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 2:47:21 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t want anybody here referring to that guy as a fag. In the interests of multiculturalism he should be referred to as “un maricon undocumentado.”


20 posted on 02/20/2014 3:14:25 PM PST by forgotten man
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To: nickcarraway
Some, Like Dagoberto Bailón ...[by] Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza
WTF ever happened to Tom, Bob, Steve, Jim, etc? This country is so f*cked.
21 posted on 02/20/2014 3:33:33 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s make-up-your-own-jokes-palooza.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 3:53:34 PM PST by Carl LaFong (The. Media. Is.The. Enemy.)
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To: NEMDF

You are obviously a White, heterosexist, Christian bigot with no compassion for illegal, sodomite parasites. Probably cling to your Bible and your guns. :-)


23 posted on 02/20/2014 4:05:41 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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