I wrote previously about Shirley Tan’s plight of possible deportation and separation from her family, and followed up later with a post on the act of Congress that let her stay with her family in the United States. Tan has been busy testifying before Congress, meeting with White House officials, and speaking to the media about the need for immigration reform to make sure what happened to her family doesn’t happen to any other LGBT families.
Tan’s hard work has earned her the award for 2009 Activist by The Advocate magazine. To read the full write-up about Shirley and the 2009 People of the Year, pick up a copy of the December/January issue of The Advocate, on newsstands now. If you’re interested in helping pass the UAFA in Congress, you can visit the Immigration Equality page that lists ideas including writing and calling Congress, writing to editors, and signing a petition among other activities.