Amos L.



I immigrated to the US, May 30, 1999 to be with my American partner after trying to maintain a long distance relationships for 2 years. Coming to this country, I was someone who held so many identities: gay, married, Chinese, immigrant, father and living here gave me the chance to celebrate all the different parts of me.

And that meant showing up for my community. Shortly after I moved to San Francisco, I co-founded Out4Immigration, an organization that advocated for same sex binational couples to have equal immigration rights.

Through that work, I got to organize the City of San Francisco’s Immigrant Rights Summit that highlights the struggles that immigrants like me faced in this country.

I also found myself working for an organization (now called Lavender Phoenix) fighting against Prop 8, a ballot measure in 2008 which amended the CA Constitution to ban same sex marriages in California.

As part of that campaign, I had to regularly talk to and engage with people who thought I didn’t deserve rights. People would say, “You can’t be gay, you’re Chinese” or “You don’t look gay” and it took a lot of courage for me to keep it up — even when they were trying to erase my experience.

But I kept going because of my commitment to loving and celebrating myself and all of my identities. And it’s by attending rallies, meeting with representatives, and showing up for fellow immigrants that I express my love for myself but also the communities I belong to.