As part of this year's May Day pre-march rally on May 1, 2012, allies and supporters, including leaders of the faith community, unions, students, families, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, spoke about why they were marching. A very memorable, and well-received speech, was that of Bamby Salcedo, leader in the transgender community, an immigrant herself, and a member of the BIENESTAR family. Here's a recollection of her powerful words. We thank you, Bamby.
My name is Bamby Salcedo and I am here on behalf of the Queer Contingency.
It is important that we do recognize and understand that Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans people are also part of the whole. We do have families, we do get affected by all of the situations that happen in our society. It is important that we are united, that we come together and we as a community demand dignity for our communities.
We are here to call for an end to widespread deportations and incarcerations that criminalize and affect working immigrants and our families.
We are here to call for comprehensive and universal healthcare, including reproductive healthcare, that guarantees access for all LGBTQ and immigrant individuals regardless of status.
We are calling for an end to the mistreatment, abuse and violence against Trans, Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual and Queer immigrants in ICE detention facilities.
We call for respect to our students who are our future, we are demanding for our student’s right to education under the Dream Act, Fair Education Act and Ethnic Studies in California, Arizona, Georgia and Alabama. Our young LGBTQ undocumented face discrimination and lack of access to an equal and fair education; The Dream Act must provide students with a path to legalization.
We demand an end to deportations and incarcerations that criminalize and affect working immigrants and our families.
We demand to stop the Bullshit and dignify our communities!
Stop the bullshit, and make sure that we give the respect that our young people need!
Stop the bullshit, and let’s all become one, lets unify so that we can be a strong force!
What are we asking for?
Stop the bullshit! Stop the bullshit! Stop the bullshit!