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All I wanna do is walk around my house and eat ice cream and shout about intersectionality and the queer community and how much I love being queer and queer people and be angry and maybe cry about how we are not valued as human beings.  

But I can’t because my grandma is here visiting and she’s homophobic and racist and doesn’t know I’m queer. 

So. 

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So here’s the thing about Starbucks

I’m not going to love them now because they support marriage equality. 

If they thought for one second that supporting marriage equality was going to cost them anything substantial, they wouldn’t have done it.

I’m not going to thank them for “supporting the lgbt community” when that’s not what they’re doing. 

I still don’t buy that marriage equality is the most important thing for the queer community be focusing on. 

I hate that every queer person who thinks this way are pushed to the side, silenced. I hate that the face of the supposed lgbt movement is almost completely devoid of anyone who isn’t cis, white, and affluent. 

And I hate Starbucks for reinforcing all of it. And I hate that even in the face of all of their grossly exploitative practices, there are still people who think they’re advocating social justice. 

That’s all I wanted to say.

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Israeli high court keeps Israeli, Palestinian spouses apart

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An Israeli high court ruling has left at least one family angry, frustrated and in limbo because the husband, an Israeli citizen, will be forbidden legally from living with his Palestinian wife.

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Taiseer and Lana Khatib will be forced to live apart under a ruling by the Israel high court, which upheld a 2003 law banning many Palestinians who marry Israelis from living in the Jewish state.

The Israeli Supreme Court reaffirmed late Wednesday a 2003 citizenship law that bans most Palestinians who marry Israelis from living inside the Jewish state. The law is intended to prevent Palestinian migration to Israel on the pretext of family unification.

The law is believed to have prevented thousands of Palestinians from living with their spousesAt the core of the ruling lies the notion that some Israelis see the Palestinians as “the enemy” and as “potential terrorists.”

Six years ago, Taiseer Khatib, an Israeli Arab living in the northern city of Acre, married Lana, a Palestinian from the West Bank town of JeninThey have two children, Adnan, 4, and Isra, 3.

Now the Khatib family faces the deportation of Lana back to Jenin.

This ruling is all about racism,” Taiseer Khatib told NBC News on Thursday. “The Israelis want to change the demography here by reducing the number of Palestinians inside Israel. What choices are left for me?”

Khatib’s choices are all bleak. The only way for this family to stay together is by emigrating to another country. Khatib, as an Israeli, by law cannot enter the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

The ruling was handed down by a 6-5 majority.

Judge Asher Grunis, who belonged to the majority, wrote in the ruling that human rights are not a recipe for “national suicide.”

Supreme Court President Judge Dorit Beinish wrote in the minority opinion that the disagreement on the issue revolved around one of the most difficult questions in the state’s history, the battle against terror while at the same time maintaining the nation’s democratic nature.

According to the ruling, about 135,000 Palestinians were granted Israeli citizenship through marriage between 1994 and 2002. Most of them were married to Israeli Arabs. This was a jump from just a few hundred such cases before 1994.

About 20 percent of Israel’s citizens are Arabs. They share common roots with the Palestinian community in the West Bank, Gaza and abroad, and frequently intermarry.

The law bans granting citizenship or residency to Palestinian spouses of Israelis but allows for exemptions for those not believed to pose security risks, including Palestinian men older than 35 and women older than 25.

Adalah Arab, a human rights group that petitioned the high court, told NBC News that between 2002 and 2008 about 10,400 families living in Israel applied for a reunification request.

Last year, only 33 out of 3,000 applications for exemptions were approved, Adalah attorney Sawsan Zaher told The Associated Press.

“Israel is considered one of the strongest military countries in the world,” Khatib told NBC News. “Are they afraid of my wife? She is not a terrorist; I promise you she doesn’t consist of any threat to Israel.

“Our only way of action is to apply to the world and international courts to uncover the real face of Israel,” Khatib said. “Can you imagine me raising my children here while their mother will be in Jenin? This is not only crazy but impossible.”

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This reminds me of a couple i know, they’re both very good friends of mine.. He’s Palestinian and she is Israeli. They’re getting married soon.

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Canadian Gov’t Dissolves Thousands of Same-Sex Marriages

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Thousands of LGBT couples across the world awoke this morning to learn that they are no longer married.

A Department of Justice lawyer under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada government has nullified all same-sex marriages performed in Canada in which the couples’ native country does not permit gays and lesbians to marry.

The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce. Wed in Toronto in 2005, the couple have been told they cannot divorce because they were never really married – a Department of Justice lawyer says their marriage is not legal in Canada since they could not have lawfully wed in Florida or England, where the two partners reside.

The two women – professionals in the their early 30s – cannot be identified under a court order. But Martha McCarthy, a prominent Toronto lawyer who represents them, said the government’s about-face is astonishing.

“It is scandalous,” she said in an interview. “It is offensive to their dignity and human rights to suggest they weren’t married or that they have something that is a nullity.”

Ms. McCarthy, who played an instrumental role in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage, said Ontario has tried to duck the volatile test case by deferring to the federal government.

“It is appalling and outrageous that two levels of government would be taking this position without ever having raised it before, telling anybody it was an issue or doing anything pro-active about it,” she said. “All the while, they were handing out licences to perform marriages across the country to non-resident people.”

Newspapers across the world are covered in headlines about this savage and unprecedented attack on LGBT people.

Dan Savage, who wed his husband (now boyfriend) in Vancouver in 2005, weighs in:

There will be lawsuits, time and money will be wasted, oceans of ink and pixels will be spilled, before this issue—the full civil equality of gays and lesbians—winds up before the Supreme Court of Canada. I’m confident that justice will prevail—God bless the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—but the decision to reopen this issue is going to be one massive distraction for the Canadian government.

Gays and lesbians inside and outside of Canada are going to make sure of it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go wake up my husband and tell him we got divorced last night.

Critics of this attack on LGBT people have noted both online and off that if gay marriages are now without legal standing in Canada if the couple’s homeland forbids them, are Middle Eastern women living in Canada now stripped of their rights to vote, drive a car, or even show their hair? Is being gay now punishable by death in Canada if you’re from Uganda? Is blogging or criticizing your government now illegal for Egyptians living in Canada?

We can hardly believe we are reporting this. Expect massive coverage in the coming days.

How would you feel to wake up divorced by a foreign government after years of marriage?

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oh my god what??

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS

What the hell?!?! How the fuck is this shit real???? HOW THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT LEGAL?!?!?!

WHAT THE FUCK?? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? I don’t have words for how angry I am right now, there are just no fucking words for how outrageous this is. FUCK.

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