Jorge Gutierrez is a young man who wants to have an honest conversation with you.
Jorge, rejected by his father, faced the awful prospect that in coming out as gay he might also be rejected by his mother. Those fears were compounded, in part, because of a second “closet” Jorge also had to deal with.
The closet of being an undocumented youth in the US.
Being undocumented, Jorge says, impacted everything and made applying to college, despite solid grades and a strong resume, extremely difficult. During college Jorge was forced to work two jobs to pay for his tuition, and the stress of this and worrying about his future prospects mounted until he almost gave up.
Fortunately, Jorge’s mother is accepting of her son being gay, and Jorge was able to find support among other undocumented youth where he could discuss those particular issues that he had been struggling with.
It was then that Jorge realized that identifying as queer and being undocumented, the two facets of himself that he had dealt with by compartmentalizing, didn’t need to be kept separate.
Below is a video courtesy of the Honest Conversation project. In it Jorge tells his story, what it’s like to be queer and to be undocumented in the US, and how he and young people like him are working to create change and make life better for youth in similar situations:
Alternatively, find out more about the Honest Conversation project and watch other videos in this series here.
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