I've shared my story in a lot of places, but never thought I'd share it on a wall in Herald Square and see my family's picture up there too!
Today, October 11, 2016, is such a special day for me because it is a day when I celebrate coming out of the closet...twice. 10 years ago as gay and 5 years ago as undocumented. I thought I would be writing more, but to be honest I have shared so much over the last couple of days that all I can say is thank you to all of those who have fought for my freedom. Those who came before me that paved the way to ensure that one day this undocumented, gay Latino kid from Venezuela could be married to the man of his dreams (Dom Tyler Leon-Davis), have an amazing job where he gets to tell stories (SOZE), and be part of so many communities that continue to fight for justice and freedom (LGBTQ+ / Immigrants / POC). Today, I celebrate my family.
Today, I celebrate my community.
Today, I celebrate our lives.
The reality is, we all have to make a choice, and every single day undocumented immigrants around this country make the choice to be brave.
That is why I see so much of the beauty that lies #BeyondTheWall. I see the stories that continue to drive this country and I see the human lives that exist beyond the metaphor of a wall that keeps everyone out.
As this country continues to grow, it is imperative that we accept the amazing contributions of undocumented immigrants in this country. That we come to understand that behind each of us there is a story. That this country should not be tearing families apart but instead bringing families together.