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Past Event

Lavender Talks: LGBTQ Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Immigration has been a flash point in U.S. politics for years, but for the past several years, it has been one of the defining dividing lines in American life. When you add LGBTQ status to the normal challenges facing immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, even more hurdles come up. What are the problems new arrivals to this country are struggling with? What is being done to help them? What can be done?

Join us for the third in our new series of Lavender Talks—produced in partnership with San Francisco Pride, which is celebrating 50 years in 2020.

Our panel will feature immigration and human rights advocates and legal experts. 


This is a free program; please consider making a donation during registration to support our online program production

This event is online-only; register to receive a link to the live stream program

In association with San Francisco Pride 

Made possible by the generous support of Gilead and Comcast

Gilead Pride Alliance and Comcast

And thanks to San Francisco Pride Legacy Partners:
Bud Light
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
KPIX 5 CBS Bay Area
Kaiser Permanente
GLBT Historical Society
Parc 55 San Francisco

June 11, 2020

United States

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Edwin Carmona-Cruz

Co-Director and Paralegal, Pangea Legal Services; Member, FREESF Coalition; Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco

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Melanie Nathan

Attorney; Mediator; Human Rights Advocate; Executive Director, African Human Rights Coalition; Country Conditions Expert for LGBTQI Asylum Cases; Former Vice President, San Francisco Pride; Former Marin Human Rights Commissioner

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Anjali Rimi

MBA, Business Executive; President, Board of Directors, Parivar Bay Area; Member, Board of Directors, San Francisco Pride

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Klaus Ume

Nigerian Asylee Who Migrated to the United States in 2017

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Michelle Meow

Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW/KPIX TV and Online Radio; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter @msmichellemeow—Host


noon-1 p.m. PT program