On March 10th, undocumented youth all over this country will finally come out the shadows and lay claim to their own futures launching a month of coming out as undocumented. No longer will we let ourselves be intimidated, scared and ashamed. We have worked long and hard, we have risen to meet every challenge and we have made this country a better place for all. And yet, we are relegated to live in fear. So let us come out and end this fear. Join us as we dedicate March 12 – March 16 to coming out. During this whole week we will be having different activities to do each day. We will also be publishing different stories on our website so keep an eye out for them!
We understand that coming out is a process and it takes time to be comfortable enough to be open about such a thing. If you do not feel ready, that’s fine. If you want to take part in our Coming Out of the Shadows Week of Action, here’s some things you can do!
View the Week of Action Section
View the Dream Team Section and how to add an event
View how to submit a story
Week of Action #NYComingOut
Monday March 12 Social Media Day - UPDATE your Facebook status, use #NYComingOut for Twitter, make a meme for Tumblr etc with a sentence or two coming out to your followers and friends. Change your default picture to an image supporting the New York Dream Act.
Tuesday March 13 UUU Shirt Day - WEAR your story by sporting one of our UUU shirts, or your support for the New York Dream Act, to work, class or just outside. Wear it all day! Don’t forget to take a picture or make a fun youtube video of yourself wearing the t-shirt and email it to us firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet it at us @NYSYLC, tag us on Facebook. If you do not have a t-shirt buy one here or come to our office.
Wednesday March 14 PhonePetition Day - CALL and COLLECT petitions for the New York Dream Act. Make sure to call your representatives in Albany, express your support for the New York Dream Act and get your friends to do the same. Find your representative in the New York Dream Act website. Use this printable paper version of the petition for outdoor use and/or collect them online. However, the trick is to get someone to sign the petition that has no idea you are undocumented. By sharing your story you’ll see there’s a lot of support out there.
Thursday March 15 Prepping Day - Come to our office from 5pm-8pm to practice your coming out story and to make posters for our rally. Also, record your story and overall, share your experience coming out so far.
Friday March 16 Rally Day - We will be having our annual Coming Out Rally in Union Square surrounded by love and support. During this rally we will be having performances and youth from all over New York sharing their status in public! Below is a flyer of the event.
We have several Dream Teams in different high schools, colleges and boroughs. Some of these teams will be having coming out events as well. Feel free to join them! Below is a map detailing other coming out events throughout New York hosted by our very own dream teams. If you are having an event in New York for coming out week, add it to this form so we can post it on our map.
If you feel like you want to share your story with us so it can be published on our website, or want to talk more about coming out and why anyone should it, feel free to email Angy@nysylc.org
The National Immigrant Youth Alliance has created a guide to coming out to help you work through your fears and come up with coming out plan that is right for you. Additionally, you can contact us for help in planning your coming out. We are here to support each other through this process!