| LGBTQ Refugees or Asylum Seekers’ Voice
Needed for Local Radio Story Raising Awareness on
Global Anti-LGBTQ Laws
My name is Maria Ines
Taracena, and I am a reporter at Arizona Public Media in Tucson. We are the NPR
affiliate in the Old Pueblo.
For a few weeks now, I have
been working on a radio story about LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers in
Southern Arizona, with the goal to raise awareness on the many countries that
have some sort of anti-LGBTQ law or just a very violent sentiment against LGBTQ
I’ve spoken to refugee
program representatives, people in the LGBT Behavioral Health Coalition, asylum
lawyers in Phoenix who’ve helped people from Russia, Uganda, etc., and
University of Arizona professors who specialize in LGBTQ affairs. I have learned
so much about this issue, and I want to help inform others who may not be
familiar with what is going on in regards to people fleeing their native
countries because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The one missing voice in this
story is of someone who comes from one of these countries and has experienced
persecution because of these anti-LGBTQ laws.
If you are out there or
someone you know has experienced this personally…It is very important for me to
have your voice in this piece.
This topic is already so
powerful, but the voice of someone who has experienced this personally would make
it that much stronger.
CONFIDENTIALITY is guaranteed. I completely understand and respect your privacy. I just
truly would love to hear your story, and for your voice to be part of inspiring
change…even if it’s on a local level with how Southern Arizona can be of more
help to LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.
Please, if you feel
comfortable, call me to 520-449-5558 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for