By: Christine Nicco/TRT Reporter–
After having witnessed the suicide of his husband, Wilfried Chevalier (Canadian adult film star known as Wilfried Knight) allegedly took his own life because of the struggles that the couple underwent because of their immigration status.
Jerry Enriquez’s body was found by Knight in their home on February 21, 2013. Enriquez reportedly hanged himself, according to reports from The Raw Story. Knight’s death followed, two weeks after he found his husband’s body, according to statements Qweerty acquired from a personal friend, Michael Mew.
Through Knight’s personal blogs, we learn that the couple was struggling due to the hardships of not being able to stay together in the U.S or Canada.
“And I know what most people will say: Why didn’t you guys marry in Washington, or California, or NYC?” Knight typed in what is his last blog entry. “Well, IF YOU ARE TWO GAY MEN FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITY, STATE MARRIAGE DOES NOT MATTER, EVEN IF ONE IS AMERICAN: IT NEEDS TO EXIST ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO APPLY TO A MULTINATIONAL COUPLE.”
Because the U.S. does not recognize same-sex marriages from Canada for immigration purposes (etc.), Knight and Enriquez tried other ways to stay together. For several years, according to Knight’s blog and Mew’s interview with Qweerty, the happy couple built a life “together” around a student visa that Knight acquired to study acupuncture in the U.S. and what seemed to be Enriquez’s troubled and failed job at Lulemon, a well-known Canadian company.
“We basically had to leave the USA like if we were some kind of criminals looking for asylum when in fact we only were a happy couple with a dog just trying to be happy,” Knight wrote.
It was only on January 29th, 2013 that President Obama introduced same-sex couples in immigration reform plans. A recent USAToday article states that the Obama administration and some “congressional Democrats are pushing for any immigration reform plan to include a provision to allow gay Americans to sponsor their immigrant partners for legal residency in the United States. That is a right currently enjoyed only by married heterosexual couples.” But, the news seemed to be too late for Enriquez’s urgent desire to stay together with his husband.
The reform plan, “also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner,” reads a section of the proposal, according to ABC News, geared toward keeping families together. For Knight, having lost his husband already, the news did not reach his suffering mind either.
Knight posted on his Twitter account the following on March 4th. A day later he ended his life too.
Last post for tonight: whoever supports gay rights: read my blog. It s not about me. It s about happiness and future for gay couples xxxx
— Wilfried Knight (@WilfriedKnight) March 4, 2013
“And I was in love, and so was my partner,” read his last blog entry, sometimes written in caps. “… He gave me the best 8, almost 9 years of my life … and this amazing guy committed suicide by hanging last week, after fighting for so long for us to stay together. I AM WILFRIED CHEVALIER, BETTER KNOW AS WILFRIED KNIGHT, PROUD OF EVERYTHING I HAVE DONE. AND A DISTRAUGHT WIDOW.”