Mother’s Plea: HELP Lesbian Couple Unjustly Imprisoned in Kuwait, Sign The Petition

Mother’s Plea: HELP Lesbian Couple Unjustly Imprisoned in Kuwait, Sign The Petition

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Today, I was on Facebook and came across a story that I just couldn’t believe. It shook me to my core. Many times as an openly Black, Queer, Married Woman living in the Bay Area of California, I take for granted the privilege I’m have to walk around and openly display my identity, or kiss my wife in public. And then a story like this reminds me that we are not all free and I must use this platform to change the lives of others and really help the LGBTQIA community.  Monique and Larisa an out queer military couple have been arrested in Kuwait. On May 8th, their house was raided and they are facing 25 years in prison. Below is a mothers plea to sign their  petition at CHANGE.ORG 

My daughter Monique earned a stellar record for her seven years as a soldier in the United States Army, stationed in Kuwait. Now, she and her partner wallow in a Kuwaiti prison, facing 25 years on baseless charges.

After active duty, Monique and her partner Larissa later returned to Kuwait to work as military contractors. On the the morning of May 8, 2015, their house was raided and police confiscated one ounce of a “tobacco-like” substance. It was sent to a lab in Germany for analysis, and it was determined to be a substance that is completely legal in Kuwait. Yet, Kuwaiti officials held them in prison anyway. After 8 months of uncharged incarceration, the one ounce of legal substance magically turned into one pound of marijuana, and on January 12, 2016, Monique and Larissa were sentenced to 20-25 years in prison.

I am begging the US Government to do what it can to get my daughter and her partner out of jail and back to the States. They have clearly been targeted by the Kuwaiti government for their lifestyle, and could spend half their lives in prison for it.

This whole ordeal is a nightmare. One minute, I was expecting her for Mother’s Day, and the next, I was told she was in prison. Everything I have learned has been through her friends and her lawyer, who has only called to demand more money — money for services he hasn’t rendered. Right now, I would do anything just to hear her voice.

To this day, I cannot understand how the US government has allowed them to remain in prison. They were not in possession of an illegal substance, yet their freedom and belongings have been taken away from them. They are being held captive in a foreign land for a crime they did not commit, with no help in sight.

I need all of you who read this to help me send a message to the US Government, and ask them to do what is right and get Monique and Larissa out of jail and bring them home. This injustice cannot stand. Please sign my petition. Click Here102,393 people have signed.

  1. Im a mom and all wht i care is abt my daughters without them i cant live i prefer to die I love America and i trust tht they can help both of girls they need ur care ur love ur attention plz dont leave them alone in the jail plz help them .

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