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    LGBT Adult Immigrants in the United States

    By Gary J. Gates
    March 2013

    There are approximately 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population and an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult documented immigrant population. The report finds that approximately 71 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Hispanic and 15 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Asian or Pacific Islander. Relative to all undocumented immigrants, LGBT undocumented immigrants are more likely to be male and are younger.

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    INFOGRAPHIC: The LGBT Undocumented

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    Same-sex Couples and Immigration in the United States

    Gary J. Gates and Craig Konnoth
    November 2011

    There are an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples and nearly 11,500 same-sex couples in which neither partner is a U.S. citizen. None of these 40,000 couples are eligible to use the immigration preferences available to different-sex spouses. These couples are raising almost 25,000 children.

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    Separate and Not Equal: Bi-National Same–Sex Couples

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2011, vol. 36 No. 4
    November 2011

    In an article published recently in Signs, Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett discusses her research on bi-national same-sex couples living in the Netherlands.

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    Testimony submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary “The Uniting American Families Act: Addressing Inequality in Federal Immigration Law”

    By Gary J. Gates
    June 3, 2009

    Census 2000 data identified nearly 36,000 same-sex bi-national couples where one partner was a U.S. citizen. This amounts to 1.3% of all such bi-national couples in the U.S.

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    Bi-National Same-Sex Unmarried Partners in Census 2000: A Demographic Portrait

    By Gary J. Gates
    October 27, 2005

    While current United States immigration policy is based primarily on family reunification, it does not provide any rights for unmarried partners of citizens.

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