AsylumConnect Reaction to Trump Presidency

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, the world watched as Donald Trump became president-elect of the United States. I remember watching the election results with a group of friends with many different identities based on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nation of origin, etc. I worried how they as well as myself would feel represented in federal politics beginning next year.

In the sphere of LGBTQ rights, our cause for concern is due to Trump’s decision not to pledge support for the Equality Act — a bill that calls for banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In the past, Trump has also made statements disfavoring the historic Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

At AsylumConnect, our stance on the election of Trump and the future of LGBTQ rights is as follows:

We fully condemn the bigoted rhetoric displayed by U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump. LGBTQ asylum seekers deserve to be in this country. Period. As an organization, we refuse to be defeated by the results of this election. Instead, we plan to channel this shocking result as motivation and proof that there is still so much more work that needs to be done. We believe that it is now more important than ever for us to be vocal about the basic human rights of all people and work even harder to make sure that LGBTQ asylum seekers (along with every LGBTQ-identified person, Muslim-American, person of color, woman, disabled person, immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeker) are heard and respected in this country. We will settle for nothing less.
— Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President

We sincerely believe in using this recent presidential election to fuel our cause even further and to make sure that our organization serves as a reliable and high-quality resource for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. We are committed to looking forward to the future and ensuring protection and equality for ALL.

Our response to this election is that the niche we fill is more important than ever. Amongst calls to limit and even ban asylum seekers from entering the United States, we are working to change the existing rhetoric through improving and scaling the AsylumConnect catalog. As the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) stated in their video entitled “Obama & Clinton: Moving Equality Forward”: “All of our progress over the past 8 years is on the line in this election.” In relation to issues of immigration, our cause for concern stems from limitations placed on asylum seekers. For example, Out Magazine released the following statement: “In addition to putting in jeopardy legal unions for bi-national couples, Trump's harsh anti-immigration stance, with unspecified plans to ban all Muslims from entering the country and shut down borders, may prevent at-risk LGBT asylum seekers from finding refuge in the U.S.” Therefore, our work to create a centralized and accessible database for LGBTQ asylum seekers is vital.

To put it simply: we have work to do. We will continue fighting for LGBTQ rights and protection of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Your support is more critical than ever right now. Join AsylumConnect in the campaign to protect LGBTQ asylum seekers and their right to be in this country. Please consider donating to our cause today: http://www.asylumconnect.org/donate/.

We encourage you to also consider joining our passionate team: http://www.asylumconnect.org/join-our-team/.

Thank you for your continued support of AsylumConnect and our cause. We are ready to take on this challenge and to continue our fight.