Chris Crain has extensively documented his difficulties in maintaining a bi-national gay relationship. American immigration laws are extremely prohibitive when it comes to gay couples–so much so that Chris has moved out of the USA to be with the man he loves.
Other binational gay couples have also moved abroad, as it seems to be the simplest, if not always the safest, solution. Some of their stories can be found here.
Maple Palm, a movie that vividly demonstrates the abhorrent situations gay and lesbian Americans in bi-national relationships must endure, is now available on DVD.
So why am I pimping this movie? Well, I’m hoping it can help change some minds.
This is something that we can change if we all get off of our dead ASSES and do something proactive for a change. Instead of getting worked up about fashion, who is or isn’t “bitchy enough,” what Rosie is doing next, or complaining that the latest vapid reality tv show is “underrepresenting gays,” how about doing something that really matters? Sure, you bitch and moan about how unfair life is for gay people, but do you contact your Senators or Representatives? Do so NOW.
In May of this year, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and my Senator, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced the Uniting American Families Act, which would enable American Citizen partners in same-sex relationships to sponsor their partners for permanent residency in the United States. As of yet, not very many in the House and Senate have signed on to this bill. Make your voice heard and tell them to pass the damned thing.