Hello, friends!

I finally finished painting a portrait of my wonderful friends John and Michael. I hope you enjoy what I did. Now I’m ready to take orders for custom portraits. If you are interested, please message me to place an order so we can discuss details of what you would like done. Hopefully this will be a great support in such a difficult time for us…

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First Official LGBT Wedding Held in St. Petersburg, Russia Today

Very interesting news from Russia.

yj8fKRbZB0LqDrLzxl6PBA-articleToday in St. Petersburg, Russia, the city’s first marriage between two women was officially registered. The couple, Irina Shumilov and Alain Fursova, married in one of the marriage registration halls in the city on the Neva.

Official registration of the marriage is possible because one of the brides, Irina, is a transgender woman, and is in the process of sex reassignment. She always presents in accordance with her female gender, including at work (Irina works as a programmer). She is currently undergoing hormone therapy and will soon have gender confirmation surgery as well. Her fiancee, Alena, is a cisgender woman.

«This is a big step for all of us,» says Marina Theodori, who witnessed the wedding ceremony. «Most of us dream of having a formal marriage, but in Russia it was not possible yet. For us it is the realization of our dreams. Hopefully soon we will have more opportunities.»

Employees at the marriage registration hall displayed a tolerant attitude toward the two brides during the ceremony. Among their guests were friends and acquaintances, both LGBT and non-LGBT. The wedding reception will be held at one of the clubs in St. Petersburg.

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Now we’re a real family!

Today is the day of our happiness. Today, Igor and I were married!

Almost 4.5 years ago, we met and immediately fell in love. Ever since, we’ve dreamed of not only living together, but becoming a real family. Today, we can finally say: We are a family!

A year ago we could not even imagine that our lives would be like this: that we’d leave for America, and that we would be legally married. But today, this is our reality.

Thank you, friends!

Thank you, John and Michael, for helping to change our lives! Thank you very much for becoming a part of our lives, and thank you for organizing this day.

Thanks to all the Americans who fought every day for our and your ability to be happy!

We love you, people!!! We are happy!

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Lawyers, Bridegrooms, and a Porn Star

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Hello friends! Unfortunately, I am writing this blog not as often as I would like. But I hope that in the future I will be able to write here more often. I’m translating every day documents and media publications to apply for our political asylum. I feel that we have translated about 40% of the total amount of texts now. It is very good. Mostly, we were able to make these translations due to the help of those people who have responded to our request for help. They translated a huge amount of materials into English. I thank them so much for helping us! But we are still looking for people who are fluent in Russian and English languages. We still need help to translate documents for our political asylum cases.

DSC_1060I would like to tell you also, that on October 13th, at the DC Center LGBT organization, we took part in a very interesting and useful round table with a well-known immigration lawyer from Philadelphia – Larisa Tenberg. The meeting held in the «question and answer» format. Everyone had an opportunity to ask questions about political asylum in the United States, and to receive complete and detailed responses. The debate was broadcasted online. For those people who speak Russian, Spectrum Human Rights Alliance downloaded on the internet a video file of the mentioned above round table. It is available at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/53917754

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