October 12 2015

Jennicet Gutierrez

Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez is an undocumented trans Latina immigrant activist. At the age of 15, she and her family crossed the U.S. border and settled in North Hollywood, CA. On June 24th, 2015, Jennicet was dubbed the “White House heckler” after she challenged President Barack Obama on his administration’s policies for immigrant detentions, during his LGBTQ Pride Event speech. Subsequently, the administration announced a policy change allowing transgender detainees to be housed in facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

“I had to raise awareness to the President and to everyone else watching that I’m not just going to celebrate [marriage equality], when my trans sisters are facing a lot of violence in the detention centers.”

This year, we are honoring the heroes and hundreds of individuals that have fought the injustices faced by our communities. Over the next month we will recognize their journeys and the ways in which they have made TODAY possible. #HispanicHeritageMonth #MiHeritage

Art by Gerardo Arellano: http://gerardoarellanoart.tumblr.com/