May 26, 2007
Thank you for bringing this wonderful news to my attention Melanie! Iím going to write Kevin de Leon, EQCA and AACRE, and thank them too! The Uniting American Families Act is so important to my life and the life of my beloved partner who lives in Eastern Europe, that without its passage soon, Iím concerned about our safety. Forced by US law to live 6000 miles from my partner who is very dependent upon my strength from my home base in the United States where I own a business and my home, and have my career, has had a very negative erosive effect on everything in my life here, and consequently our chances of being able to survive as a successful family has diminished even though we have so many difficult challenges still ahead of us. I need my Sweetheart here with me. Already quite financially damaged from this injustice, if I donít see a BIG light at the end of the tunnel very soon, and I emphasize SOON, I will be forced to abandon ďhopeĒ in having any future in my country. Wishing and hoping are no longer welcomed words to many LGBT people. Donít wish us well, please! Help us! Our lives are on the line. We must have relief without delay. Please support the Uniting American Families Act in every way you can possibly do it. Madison Reed http://imeq.us/our _stories/files/3d6 cd10892748df68a3e6 a96fcb62498-44.htm l Out4Immigration-Th e Uniting American Families Act: http://out4immigra tion.org/immigrati on/page.html?= &cid=1131 (Aug 14, 2009 | post #13)
Enjoy the video Sheila! http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=VasC9 lDsw_4 You should pay close attention to the President's statement where he promises the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act - the very reason for the inability to extend health care and pension benefits to same-sex federal employees. The infamous "DOMA," or "The Defense of Marriage Act," enacted during Bill Clinton's administration with his signature, is also the law that for federal purposes defines marriage as a relationship limited to being between one man and one woman (Jun 17, 2009 | post #2)
Mr. Phillip, Here's Belarus' site for it's consulate in Vilnius. Scroll down the page and you'll find the visa information. http://www.belarus .lt/ku_e.php (Jun 11, 2009 | post #15)
Yep. You've got to have a visa. A regular tourist-type visa cost $131 US dollars, and you get it pretty quickly through the mail, if you're sending it to the embassy from inside the USA (Jun 11, 2009 | post #14)
It's just like anywhere in the EU. You can find many places that exchange currency. Just find one that gives the best deal. Very few places accept credit cards, except some hotels, clubs and restaurants (Jun 11, 2009 | post #13)
Mr. Phillip, Another thing about Belarus, is that not as many people speak English as you would find in other parts of Europe. It would be a good idea to know how to read some basic Russian, so that you can look up at a sign and at least know the basics of what it is saying. If you can speak some survival Russian it will help you out a lot. My taxi drivers never spoke a word of English, but they were very nice gentlemen. I felt very safe with them. My own experience with Belarus is that the Belarusian people are less likely to rip you off than in other countries. Of course everyone needs to make a few extra dollars, so be generous to these very good people. And use your good sense (Jun 11, 2009 | post #10)
If you get stopped for speeding expect to pay a fine (Jun 10, 2009 | post #6)
Taxis in Minsk are probably safer than in the USA. Why are you asking these questions? Despite its isolation and differences, Belarus is a modern society, full of educated people, artists, scientists, architects, animal lovers, students, grandmothers, farmers, gays and lesbians, athletes, etc. It's truly a wonderful country (Jun 10, 2009 | post #5)
Sheila, If Z and Vielpunkt are anything like another gay penguin couple, Roy and Silo, I'm sure that no girls would ever turn them on. "When offered female companionship, they have adamantly refused it. And the females aren't interested in them, either." http://www.sfgate. com/cgi-bin/articl e.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/ 02/07/MNG3N4RAV41. DTL (Jun 9, 2009 | post #3)
Of course Belarus is safe Mr. Phillip! Belarus has criminal elements just like other countries, but you'll find the people there curious to learn about you, and very friendly, once they warm up to you. My impression of Belarusians is that they don't like B.S. Be real or keep your mouth shut. If you're genuine you'll probably have a wonderful time and make some of the best friends of your life. I highly recommend Belarus. When you're there just keep in mind that you're not in America. You shouldn't pull people into the discussion of politics. It's a sensitive and risky topic there. Are you going to Minsk, or where (Jun 9, 2009 | post #2)
Thank you for the tip John. I added the BBC article and other related information to my blog, and to the Topix news feed. http://lotusopenin g.blogspot.com/200 9/06/jehovahs-witn esses-secret-datab ase.html Be well and happy, Madison (Jun 6, 2009 | post #3)
I'm with you. Whether you know it or not, people such as myself are watching. We see what's going on. Have you tried to contact the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC)? http://www.ohvec.o rg/ Refer them to this news article, and ask them if they can help you get some attention. Madison Reed (May 14, 2009 | post #2)
Thank you for the news tip. I've fed it into the main news. (May 11, 2009 | post #2)
Misha, Let's always do everything possible to hold the dear people of Belarus in our hearts, and work tirelessly for their freedom and security. But what I also know, is that the Belarusian people, quite innocently, are all too often prisoners within their own mentality, caused from their continued isolation from the rest of the world. If you know of any new creative ways we can positively help their grassroots economy, serving the small entrepreneurs, helping build friendship and understanding, improving human rights and freedom, I couldn't be happier if you would ask me. You can email me at madison.reed@yahoo .es. Belarus is very special to me. I know its future is going to dazzle the eyes of the world, once it lets down its walls and joins all of us. But we have to be vigilant and always ready to help. They need us and we need them. Madison Reed (Mar 26, 2009 | post #2)
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