American Suing US Gov’t For Denying Her Child Citizenship

This seems rather convoluted, but why wouldn’t the woman from Italy simply become a naturalized citizen of the US?

Allison Blixt was standing with her wife, Stefania Zaccari, at the counter of the US embassy in London when a member of staff started asking her whose eggs were used to make their first child, Lucas.

It was 2015, two months after Lucas was born, and the beginning of an interrogation that would leave Blixt stunned and lead, this week, to a landmark lawsuit.

The official told her that despite Blixt being a US citizen, despite her and Zaccari being married, and despite both of them being named on Lucas’s birth certificate as the parents, because Blixt did not give birth to Lucas – and Zaccari, an Italian citizen, did – she could not register him as a US citizen.

It would mean they would never be able to return to Blixt’s home country and live as a family. The same would not have been the case, she told BuzzFeed News from their home in south London, had she been in a heterosexual relationship.

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Save the Day, Get the Girl

Another story from Not Always Right’s sister site Not Always Romantic. This story takes place at a pub in London, England

(I am a girl. I am with my gay best friend, who is a guy. We are having a drink in a local pub.)

Homophobic Patrons:*hurling homophobic abuse at my friend*

My Friend: “I think I need to go. I’m not feeling very comfortable here.”

(Suddenly, a guy at the table next to us pipes in.)

Guy: “No! Don’t leave! You’ll only make them win!”

(The guy then stands up and confronts the homophobes.)

Guy: “I heard that the biggest abusers of gays are closet gays themselves that don’t have the emotional security to come to terms with themselves, and so take it out on those that do, out of jealousy.”

Homophobe #1: “Shut up, you gaylord! Or do you want to take it outside?”

Guy: “I would love to, and so would my friends drinking with me celebrating our recent win at the Ju-jitsu tournament.”

(The guy gestures to a table of about seven men; all seven stand to back him up. We are all suddenly aware of the large trophy in the middle of their table, clearly awarded for a martial arts tournament.)

Homophobe #1: “Hey, no worries man. I wasn’t trying to involve you anyway.”

Guy: “Yes you were. You were abusing someone that you didn’t know out of ignorance and insecurity, and no one should have to suffer because you’re useless as decent human being. Now, apologise to my friend and then leave this bar before you embarrass yourself even more.”

(Homophobe #1 turns to my friend.)

Homophobe #1:muttering softly* “Sorry.”

Guy: “Louder, please.”

Homophobe: “I’m… sorry.”

(The humiliated homophobe leaves with his friends. Our heroic saviour then turns to my friend.)

Guy: “Are you okay, mate?”

My Friend: “Are you gay?”

Guy:*laughs* “No, my friend. But thanks, I’m flattered.”

My Friend: “No, not for me! For her!”

(My friend shoves me in front of the guy.)

My Friend: “This is my friend. She is single, gorgeous, and in need of a heroic man in her life. You guys have a drink on me, because, trust me, if she doesn’t start dating you, I will!”

(The guy graciously accepts, and has a drink with me. Twelve years later, we are now married with children, with my friend as one of the godparents!)

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Romeo & Juliet as gay love story between Premiere League players

This sounds……. interesting. I don’t know much about the Premiere League other than it’s what we Americans refer to as soccer, but I think it might work. Only it’ll probably be called something else. Like West Side Story is Romeo & Juliet set in New York City between rival street gangs.

Romeo and Juliet is set to be performed as a gay love story between two Premier League footballers.

The production, at Union Theatre in central London, will see the two main characters play out their tragic journey as star-crossed lovers on the pitch.

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British spy agency GCHQ apologizes for treatment of gays

Full storyI happened to be looking up what GCHQ stands for due to a British television show I watch online and found this beautiful article. As you may have read in the past, Alan Turing was a brilliant man who committed suicide in the 1950s after WWII. His life and service have been overlooked and quite frankly swept under the rug for too long. I am thrilled that this particular branch of the British government has come forward with this apology. Yes, people will say it should’ve happened before now, but with the way things are here in the US, I’m glad at least one government has seen the error of its ways.

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Britain’s security agency GCHQ has apologized for its ban on homosexuals which led to the dismissal and subsequent suicide of one of its most brilliant code breakers, Alan Turing, in the 1950s.

Robert Hannigan told a gay rights workplace conference in London that Turing had been an example to others because he was not afraid to think “differently and radically”, according to a statement released by GCHQ.

“(I want to) say how sorry I am that he and so many others were treated in this way,” Hannigan said. “Their suffering was our loss.”

GCHQ’s ban on homosexuals was only lifted in the 1990s.

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A Story for the Straights: All-Female Sex Party

This was an interesting read. Nothing I’d ever heard of before, but it makes sense to an extent.

I never thought I’d go to a sex party. Sex parties, to me, were the sort of in-real-life bacchanalia that you only see in porn. Not really my thing. I mean, I identify as a confident and fairly sexually adventurous woman, but I’m very tame in the sense that my preferences are strictly male and I’m partial to monogamy.

So, why did I go to an upscale, ladies-only play party last weekend?

Maybe it was the voyeur in me that agreed when the idea was sent my way, but the apparently feminist undertones of the company hosting it solidified my decision.

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Britain Is To Have Its First Gay Old People’s Home

I love Britain. I love how they refer to the elderly as OAPs. Old Age Person. I’m ready to move there with my Beloved and live blissfully. If there are any here, that’s truly news to me. Anyone know of any?

In plans shown exclusively to BuzzFeed News, an “unashamedly ambitious” project with an “iconic architectural design” for up to 150 residents is already in the development stages.

Tonic Housing, the organisation behind the venture, is currently seeking to secure a site, either in London or Brighton, to begin catering for the more-than-a-million LGBT people over the age of 50 in Britain.

Similar homes have already opened in Germany, Sweden, and the USA, and facilities in France and Spain are imminent, but there are as yet no residential provisions in the UK aimed at the LGBT market.

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Sam Smith Has Spoken About The Abuse He’s Suffered For Being Gay

I adore Sam Smith – he’s a hottie for sure with a voice like gold.

Sam Smith has spoken out about the physical and verbal abuse he’s experienced over the course of his life for being gay.

… he was bullied at school for being gay from the age of 11

Smith said he had faced bullying from the gay community too, and that his “whole world crashed” during his first experience at a gay club.

Smith has spoken in the past about how he wants to use his music to help and inspire young gay people.

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Thou Shalt Not Pick And Choose

Another bit of humor from the site Not Always Right. I find this particularly amusing because the Christians in this story are under the misguided assumption that LGBT folk don’t know the bible.

Restaurant | London, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Food & Drink, Religion

(I and my girlfriend work at the same restaurant, I’m the head chef and she’s the manager. We’re both women and although we don’t hide our relationship, we don’t flaunt it either. My girlfriend has finished for the day and the owner has come in to cover her. She comes into the kitchen to say goodbye to everyone and kisses me (a very brief kiss on the lips) then leaves. Five minutes later the owner comes in to me to say a complaint has been made by a customer regarding a ‘lesbionic’ relationship.)

Owner: “This woman’s being a right bitch about it, saying she won’t pay for her meal, it ruined her night, it’s blasphemous, and everyone’s going to Hell.”

Me: “She’s one of those. I’ll go deal with her.”

(I go to the customer and introduce myself as the head chef. She’s about 30, expensively dressed (her dress looks silk but the belt, collar, & cuffs are sequined), lots of jewellery, and a tattoo on her ankle of rosary beads. She’s with a man a little older that her, clean shaven, short back and sides hair cut.)

Customer: “The food was delicious. Are you in charge? Do you know you have lesbians in your kitchen? Maybe you should tell them not everyone wants to see that sort of thing. It’s terribly upsetting and offensive to my religious beliefs.”

(I have done my fair share of reading on the subject of homosexuality and the Bible, so I have an answer well prepared for people like her.)

Me: “Have you read the Bible? Timothy 2:9 says ‘I want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not adorning themselves with gold or pearls or expensive clothes.’ That’s some nice jewellery you’re wearing. It also says, Leviticus 19:19 ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.’ Your silk dress is beautiful, as are the collar and cuffs. In a different material. It also says Leviticus 19:28 ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.’ I like your rosary tattoo. It also says Leviticus 19:27 ‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.’ Your husband looks very smart tonight. It also says Leviticus 11:8 ‘You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.’ And Leviticus 11:10 ‘And all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.” I believe they refer to pork and shellfish. How was your ‘surf & turf?’ We only use the best pork sausages and finest lobster.”

(The man sits there with his head bowed but the woman stares at me with pure hatred.)

Me: “Now, I don’t know about you but it seems silly that you are willing to overlook all those sins about yourself and focus on one thing that isn’t even mentioned in the Bible. If I was as judgemental as you I would say you only kicked up a fuss to get out of paying for you meal. But that’s like stealing. I’ll send a waitress over with your bill.”

(I went back to cooking. I could hear a couple of other customers laughing at the woman. The husband paid, leaving a big tip. I could see them outside having what looked like a pretty good argument!)


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