Jennicet Gutiérrez

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Jennicet Gutiérrez
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Gutiérrez speaks at the 2018 San Francisco Trans March
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Known forTransgender and immigrant rights activism

Jennicet Gutiérrez (born June 8, 1986) is an activist for transgender rights and immigrant rights. A founding member of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, much of her activist work supports trans women detained for their immigration status. She was named on Out magazine's Out100 list in 2015.[1][2] Gutiérrez is based in Los Angeles, California.[3]

Early life[edit]

Gutiérrez was born in Mexico in 1986. She immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 15 years old.[3][4] She writes that she came to the United States seeking safety and economic opportunity.[5] Gutiérrez hopes to attain permanent resident status.[4]

Activist work[edit]

June 2015 was when Gutiérrez received national attention after she interrupted President Obama during a dinner at the White House celebrating LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) accomplishments in the previous year. Much of the reaction to this act centered on assessing whether it was "right" or "wrong" to interrupt the President during a reception at the Whitehouse.[6][7] The event highlighted disconnects between mainstream gay activism and transgender and immigration reform activism.[8]

La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement works at the national and local levels to achieve the collective liberation of LGBT Latin@s by leading an intergenerational movement through community organizing, advocacy, and education.[9] Gutiérrez has been working with the organization hosting demonstrations, rallies, and dialogues, as well as fundraising for the liberation of undocumented transgender women of color facing unsafe environments in detention centers.


  1. ^ "Out100: Jennicet Gutiérrez". Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  2. ^ "Undocumented Trans Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez Challenges Obama on Deportations at White House Event". Democracy Now!. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  3. ^ a b Moyer, Justin Wm (2015-06-26). "Transgender Obama heckler Jennicet Gutiérrez hailed by some LGBT activists". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ a b Jorge Rivas (2015-08-03). "Meet Jennicet, one month after she interrupted President Obama".
  5. ^ "Breaking: White House Pride Celebration Interrupted with Call to End Deportation". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  6. ^ Lowder, J. Bryan (2015-06-25). "Jennicet Gutiérrez and the Politics of Pride". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  7. ^ "Booing Jennicet Was Wrong, But Was What She Did Worse? |". 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13.
  8. ^ Langlois, Jessica (4 May 2016). "The Trans Activist Who Interrupted Obama Is Still Yelling". Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Mission & Vision". Familia: TQLM. Retrieved 2016-03-04.

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