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    silvia ros

The National LGBT Documentation Project

Freedom is a concept that has particular resonance for my family. My great-grandparents fled the political turmoil of Spain for Cuba. A few decades later, there was a second family exodus when my grandparents and parents left Cuba in search for freedom and democratic values in the United States. Born in the U.S., I am a citizen of the country where the quest for freedom became the catalyst for its creation, as well as the essence of its Bill of Rights and Constitution. Americans believe the freedom to love is part of our unalienable rights but for me, it is not. As a gay woman in America I am discriminated against for loving a woman. I cannot marry my partner, adopt a child with her, or file taxes with her. At seventeen, when my strict Cuban parents found out I was gay, they threw me out. I was homeless. They told my younger brother they did it because I was on drugs. My brother and only sibling came out a year after my mom died of cancer when I was 20. My father told me it was because of all my fag friends that had been hanging around. My story is not as bad as others. Every day we prolong inequality, someone else suffers a similar or worse fate. Im not a radical, or someone who just likes to stir up trouble. Im really quite shy, which has made this process more painful. With this project I have sought out people like myself, who have seen the ugly face of discrimination and rather than cower have turned that experience around to fight for full equality. Through these portraits I seek to highlight the ordinary people who have been thrust into activism in response to the discrimination they have faced. These personal stories and the faces of real people will serve to inspire new generations of activists and educate the general public about how discrimination affects real people. Preserving these images and utilizing the imagery will enrich the institutional memory of the LGBT movement and ensure that the sacrifices made by so many in this fight are not forgotten once equality is achieved.
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    Dan Choi at the National Equality March
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    Chloe Noble and Little Lion
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    The Castro after Prop 8 decision
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    After PRop 8 decision
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    Alexander Nicholson
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    Mormon victim
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Age: 48
City: miami shores, FL
Country: United States
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Email: silvia@silviaros.com
City: miami shores, FL, 33150, United States
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