Showing posts with label equality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label equality. Show all posts

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

RIP DOMA! Victorious Day!!

Today will go down in history. 

The news that we have all been waiting for is finally hear, and it definitely is music to our ears!! DOMA (The Defense Against Marriage Act) has been struck down by the Supreme Court. This is a massive victory for American LGBT rights, it now means that married gay couples are legally recognised with rights and benefits under Federal Law. LGBT families are now protected. We are no longer viewed as second-class citizens. This does not mean that marriage is legal in all states; it is still only legal in 12 (now 13!) states. Questions is- does this apply to immigration rights of bi-national couples?.. YES! Until now, many couples like Whitney and I have never had the option to move to America with her sponsoring me as her wife. We can now get sposored for a green card! There is a bunch of information flying around the internet at the moment, so we advise you go to the experts. The best article we have read so far is by Immigration Equality- go read now!

We’re still trying to gather all the information we can, and figure out what this means for us as a bi-national couple not living in the states that have gay marriage. It appears that as long as you marriage is valid from whatever state OR country that you have it in, then your partner can sponsor you for a green card! HOORAY!! We are beyond ecstatic that DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional- about bloody time! It means that we now have a choice of where we can live. One day, maybe we will relocate to America!

There has also been a second great victory in America today, with the over turn of Prop 8 which banned gay marriage in California. It is now legal again!! Congrats Ellen and Portia, and the many gay couples who were married and who are going to get married!!

I think it’s time for champagne, don’t you?

Cheers to Equality in America!

We were invited by Youtube to take part in their 'Proud to Love' campaign, so check it out and let us know- what or who are you proud to love?

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Video Update & Articles Galore!

We're busy working on our visit to the South blog post, but in the mean time we thought we'd bring you semi-up to date with some of our videos starting from Xmas through to Valentines day! Witness Whitney's hair getting caught on fire and Whitney flexing her muscles in more arm wrestling! Let us know what are your favourite parts? I particularly love "I LOVE WHAT I MADE" and Rich Tea Dance Time! Haha.

Last weekend we had our first ever follower come up to us and say hi! We were so pleasantly surprised, and even more so considering she is from Italy and was visiting the UK for just 4 days! She asked us to do more videos, and we're trying to do just that! I'm busy trying to catch up on all of our videos so that we can be up-to-date. Our next videos will be when we met the lovely Luclyn AKA Lucy & Kaelyn, as well as Rose & Rosie! 
“We fall victim to heteronormativity and heterosexism: the notion that heterosexuality is the preferred and normal sexual orientation. We are presumed to be heterosexual by both communities, which leads to the feeling that we don’t belong to either,” Evans told AlterNet.
I was also interviewed for a brilliant article on AlterNet to do with Femme Visibility, Lesbian Myths Debunked is worth a read, and not just because I'm featured in it! Honest!

Awareness towards gay bi-national couples and our plight to gain immigration rights in America rose this week when a video about David and Jason's story went viral. 

Relating to their story 100% we reached out to them, as well as writing an article on the Huffington Post. Thank You David & Jason- From one same-sex bi-national couple to another. 
"Being in a binational, and long-distance, relationship is never going to be easy. But we should be afforded the same rights as any straight binational couple, to be recognized as wife and wife, or husband and husband, in David and Jason's case. It's not fair that we only have the maximum of 90 days that we could ever spend together in America. We all deserve a lifetime." Megan Evans, Gay Voices, Huffington Post
It's not all me, me, me! Whitney has finally written another blog post on her Whit's Critiques blog. You know how much we love Starbucks right? Well imagine how upset Whitney gets when her Starbucks is done WRONG! I wish I could film her reaction, I really do! For now, read Whitney's critiques of what she thinks Starbucks UK needs to do!.. you will also die at the amount of $$$ Whitney has spent on Starbucks! Start guessing...

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

One Step Closer To Gay Marriage!

Congratulations to the UK are in order, as it took one further step towards equality for all with gay marriage passing through the House of Lords! It will now move on to the committee stage at the House of Lords, so we're not quite there yet but just a few more steps and we will have finally achieved equal marriage in the UK! 
We best get planning our big Wegging for 2015 then!!

To find out more information about gay marriage in the UK, visit Stonewall's website.
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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Why the U.S. Needs Immigration Reform: Our Story

Originally written for and published on The Huffington Post, Gay Voices. This is our story and why America needs Immigration Reform. I hope one day that we can move to America!

At a young age I realized that I am attracted to women and began longing for a feminine lesbian with long, blonde hair to sweep me off my feet. Along she did come, with her extra-long, blonde hair, her beautiful smile and, surprisingly, a Southern drawl. I never expected to find myself with a partner from another country. I'm British and have lived in the UK my whole life. In the beginning, having to deal with the distance between the UK and Hawaii was the toughest obstacle, but what happens when one partner can't expect to be sponsored for citizenship in the other's country?


I've been rather lucky to grow up in the UK, with its introduction of civil partnerships in 2004. Not only can same-sex couples have a legally binding commitment to demonstrate our love, but doing so also confers immigration rights. In discovering that I had no options for permanently joining the love of my life in Hawaii, we realized that the only option was for Whitney to move to the UK. When we first applied for Whitney's visa to the UK, to our horror, it was denied. Our dreams of living together in the UK were dashed, and we had to go our separate ways after my three-month visitor's visa to the U.S. ran out. We had to wait a whole year until we could apply for Whitney's second visa to the UK, all the while scared about what might happen if it were denied too. What would our other options be? We wouldn't be welcomed or legally recognized in the U.S. Where else could we go? Would we both have to leave our countries in the name of love? It greatly saddened us that the U.S. could not be an option, that I would never be able to fully enjoy the culture that she has grown up in.


I proposed to Whitney in Hawaii on May 17, 2011, and on Sept. 28, 2012, we had a beautiful, intimate ceremony in the UK. After we'd been maintaining a long-distance relationship for four years, Whitney's visa to the UK had been approved. We were finally able to say "good riddance" to the heartache and the times apart and begin our "happily ever after" together. However, in order to do so, Whitney had to leave the country she had grown up in her whole life. The U.S. essentially pushed out a stunning, charismatic and wonderful American citizen who would have surely gone on to have a fanastic career there. As former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) recently pointed out, not only do the current U.S. immigration policies toward same-sex couples tear families apart, but they also damage the economy.

Now that we are fully settled into our lives in the UK, we are as happy as can be that we never have to be apart. However, we want to be able to have the option of moving back to the U.S. one day, so that we can spend quality time with her mother and family. We want our future children to know where "Mom" came from. We love the fact that the UK has welcomed us and enabled us to conquer a long-distance relationship, but that shouldn't mean that Whitney can never call the U.S. her home again. We know many straight British-American couples who have moved to the U.S. with no difficulties for the British partner. Binational LGBT families in America are gravely frightened of being torn apart because same-sex couples are not offered the same immigration rights. We should be treated as equals, and not as "less than" in the eyes of the law. I hope that as the U.S. Congress moves forward with immigration reform, it takes into account the many LGBT families it currently exiles or tears apart. Whitney and I want to be able to return to the U.S. together and not to be asked whether we are sisters, cousins, friends... anything other than what we actually are, which is wife and wife. We crave this recognition from our peers as well as from the governments of the countries we call home.

Surviving a distance of over 7,000 miles is hard enough. It's time we were offered the same rights to say "I do" to marriage and immigration rights.


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Monday, 24 January 2011

The 'Gay Agenda'

Well, well, just as I was retiring the rants for a round up of gay news, an explosion of homophobia happened today in the form of the Daily Mail. Now, firstly of course this is not very surprising coming from said newspaper, yet how somebody exists with these such views AND is allowed to publish them just blows my mind. For those who don't know, Melanie Phillips published her column here, in which she states the 'madness' occurring in education of children being "bombarded with homosexual references" in lessons at school.

This homophobic rant is a result of the initiative backed by the Department of Education (and available to download at the Schools Out website),to introduce lessons plans that are inclusive of LGBT people in an array of subjects. These are not compulsory but makes a good step towards introducing homosexuality in order to start to break down barriers and challenge homophobic bullying before it manifests.

Clearly, in Melanie's mind this can only mean disaster, as she damningly argues:

"Alas, this gay curriculum is no laughing matter. Absurd as it sounds, this is but the latest attempt to brainwash children with propaganda under the ­camouflage of ­education. It is an abuse of childhood."

Firstly, the use of 'brainwash' is not only insulting, it is also completely daft that by introducing homosexuality into lessons that one can be brainwashed into something they are not. As that's TOTALLY what happened to me with every single heterosexist lesson that I had to endure. Furthermore the fact that making students more aware of the world around them and to introduce tolerance and understanding as an abuse into childhood is absurd.

She even goes on to cite Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools, and down plays homophobia:

"What was once an attempt to end ­unpleasant attitudes towards a small sexual minority has now become a kind of bigotry in reverse."

Giving a rendition of where homophobic has not been allowed to succeed in recent years, Melanie believe that:

"It seems that just about everything in Britain is now run according to the gay agenda."

No lovely, it's called equality, and as they say- Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!

In Other News:

A Win For Gay Equality:

"We checked that the hotel would allow us to bring our dog, but it didn't even cross our minds that in 2008 we would have to check whether we would be welcome ourselves." The Guardian

The Christian owners of a hotel who turned away a same-sex couple from sharing a room have been found as acting unlawful. This comes under the Goods & Services Act 2007 that does not allow discrimination based on sexual discrimination. The owners argued it was their freedom to follow in their beliefs,that they would not allow any unmarried couple to share a room. The problem is, they are civil partners and consequently should be treated like a married couple. This has sent out a clear message that discrimination will not prevail in today's society. Just as black minority ethnic or Jewish people cannot be refused accommodation, neither should gay people.

Stonewall Cymru Youtube:

As the title suggests, Stonewall Cymru have launched their youtube channel, starting with 'It Gets Better, Today' videos by the four party leaders in Wales.

Portia De Rossi:

On a final note, I’ve just finished reading Portia De Rossi Degenerous’ book ‘Unbearable Lightness’. It details her battle with eating disorders and her sexuality… and of course ends in her love from Ellen saving her. It was an incredible, and heartbreaking, journey to follow her on. I recommend you to read it. It’s given me an even deeper admiration and respect for the love that Ellen and Portia share <3
M x

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