Handwritten letter on lined yellow paper, stapled: "My name is Jesus Reyes and I've just been arrested by the INS. Now they want to deport me because I have AIDS. I came to this rally today because as a gay man and as a person with AIDS I wanted to support this struggle against death, this struggle for life. I didn't expect to find the immigration police here, but here they were. Now they're certain to send me back to Mexico where all that waits for me is an early death. Since I've come to this country in 1981 I worked very hard. For the first couple of years I worked two jobs where I still live, in the Mission. I've always tryed to send back as much money as I could to my family in Mexico, things are so bad there they're almost [...]"
Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society Jorge Cortiñas Papers
Black and white flyer with photo of winning attorney Mary C. Dunlap and triumphant visitor from England Carl Basil Angelo Hill. Photo by Rink. City Hall Rotunda, 6:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, July 27. To celebrate the permanent, national injunction against the U.S. ban on Lesbian and Gay male foreign visitors. Performers and speakers to include: The Gay Freedom Day Marching Band, Batu-Gala, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Gay Fillipino immigrant Stanley Rebultan, Winning attorney Mary C. Dunlap, Supervisor Harry Britt, Craig Seybold - Mark Tours, Robin Tyler, M.C., and many, many more guests, acts and surprises. The event will be signed for the hearing impaired. The rotunda is wheelchair accessible from the Grove Street entrance of City Hall. Please use the phone at that entrance if the guard is not standing by.
San Francisco LGBT General Subjects Ephemera Collection, courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society
Yellow pamphlet care of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, "Immigration Equality San Francisco: Take a Stand for Immigration Equality for All Couples. Right now today there is no way that a U.S. citizen can sponsor a same-sex partner for immigration on the basis of that relationship. Join us in the fight for EQUALITY."
San Francisco LGBT Groups Ephemera Collection, courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society
Pink flyer reads, "Mujer Latina, Quieres aprender a mejorar tu auto-estima? Proyecto AMIGOS te invita al Circulo de Amistad. Ciclo: Auto-Estima, comienza el miercoles, 23 de marzo, de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m., en la oficina de Mujeres Unidas y Activas, 3543 18th Street, segundo piso (entre Valencia y Guerrero)." The subtext reads, "Ven a aprender sobre este importante tema y hacer amistad con otras mujeres latinas. Te esperamos! Habra Cuidado de Ninos y Antojitos. Para mas informacion llama a Angela o Raul al (415) 243-8908. Proyecto Amigos: Immigrantes luchando contra el SIDA. 995 Market Street, Piso 11, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 243-8908. Proyecto AMIGOS es patrocinando por la Coalicion para los Derechos y Servicios de los Immigrantes y Refugiados, Gente Latina de Ambiente y Mujeres Unidas y Activas."
Yellow tri-fold pamphlet with cover illustration of global map with no borders reads, "AIDS Knows No Borders." Below the map is the vertical logo, "ACT UP: AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power", subtext in box reads, "Immigration Working Group". Opening page titled, "Public Health Exclusion Under Immigration Law" with timeline starting with 1891 law excluding persons with any "loathsome or contagious disease" and ending with March/April 1992: "Haitian refugees undergo mandatory testing. HIV antibody positive refugees repatriated." Back panel of brochure contains contact information for ACT UP/Golden Gate, San Francisco, the Immigration Working Group, and Other ACT UP Committees.