June 17 (Reuters) – A naturalization ceremony was held for 12 new residents on the historic Stonewall Monument in New York on Friday, because the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Providers (USCIS) commemorated Delight Month.
The monument remembers the Stonewall riots of June 1969, seen because the protests that birthed the worldwide homosexual rights motion.
“We’re sitting right here in such a monumental place that meant a lot to the historical past of our nation and what our nation is about,” stated Ur Jaddou, director of USCIS, on the ceremony in Greenwich Village.
“It is about equality. It is about freedom. It is about liberty,” she continued.
“You signify a big selection of customs, backgrounds and cultures. And by celebrating that variety, we’re upholding America’s promise as a nation of welcome and risk for all,” she advised the brand new residents.
“I like the actual fact it is on this neighborhood,” stated Maria Cuartero Toledo, a brand new U.S. citizen, initially from Spain. “I am straight myself, however I do have many homosexual buddies. And likewise final yr, I used to be working as a psychiatrist for transgender youth. So, for me, it has a really particular that means,” she stated.
Reporting by Aleksandra Michalska; Writing by Mark Porter; Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien