This is an attempt to document my adventures through life.
Basics about Ro
Lesbian living in San Francisco
-Da Bears Da Bears Da Bears
-San Francisco Giants
-My wonderful girlfriend
-Independent & Foreign Films
*Undocumented & Unafraid*
-If you don't like gays, immigrants or common sense this is not the page for you
My heart was pacing so quickly, I actually showed up alone wearing my ‘undocumented’ shirt. I was expecting a lot more community work instead it was a ton of spectators. I was expecting to hear other DREAMers and to hear a lot more of ‘us’ vs them. There were 3 speakers, for 20 minutes they each spoke. The first spoke about immigration history, the first Amnesty’s and how we got to this current dilemma. The second spoke about the current situation and what the DREAM Act would do. And lastly the last speaker spoke about his experiences as an ally and living with DREAMers in his fraternity. After an hour of them speaking they were allowed questions. There were a lot of curious people, no actual DREAMers. I finally decided to raise my hand so I could ask a question. I was given the mic and I could feel my heart jumping out of my chest. I stood up and asked:
What would you suggest for someone in my situation, as a DREAMer who is far too close to 30. What will I do if it doesn’t pass, what do you suggest? I’ve been here since I was 5 and am gay and have no future in Mexico.
My voice cracked towards the end. I realized what I had just said. That fact, spoken out loud always breaks me. That reminder that the DREAM may not pass for me to enjoy. They didn’t actually give me advice, they just told me that there were talks about raising the age requirements because the last time there was anything remotely close was 25 years ago so a lot of students would still be qualified. Then the attorney suggested I speak to her privately afterwards. Several more questions were asked and it was over at 8.
I approached the panel and introduced myself to the attorney, she gave me a website which will be invaluable, Educators for Fair Consideration
I also met a girl who says there is a support group for DREAMers here in San Francisco, unfortunately they meet Thursdays 7-8:30, right smack in the middle of class. I plan on skipping a class from time to time just so I can participate. I’m really excited, although I didn’t meet any other DREAMers since most of the audience were law students or undergrad. It was amazing meeting the people I did and hope that soon enough I will meet another DREAMer.
Keep on DREAMin’ -Ro