UPDATE: Continuation Granted for Polish Journalist threatened with Deportation by the USA for being Bisexual
On Monday, December 17, 2012, the case of bisexual Polish journalist Ivo Widlak and his bisexual Hispanic-American wife Lale was extended until December 12, 2013. The judge in Ivo’s case has made no decisions, so the case will remain under investigation by USCIS.
Even thought Ivo & Lale have been married since September 2002, in July 2009 after Ivo exposed some corruption in one of his articles, the US Government declared their marriage to be a fraud since they Ivo & Lale are both openly bisexual and moved to deport Ivo back to Poland.
Ivo’s attorney Ira Azulay says, “We (and I) believe that USCIS is far too restrictive in the way they interpret the immigration laws. Anytime we see people being badgered by the system, we believe that we can help them push back. The system for too long has counted on people giving up, and that just should not be the result.”
We must thank the Bisexual Community, (in particular American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), BiNet USA, the Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago and the Chicago Bisexual Queer Meetup) as well as our Lesbian/Gay & Straight-But-Not-Narrow allies (in particular National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Immigration Equality).
However we must again note with sadness those few (and we sincerely hope! getting fewer) in the mainstream Gay/Lesbian community who letting prejudice, misunderstanding and their personal antipathy towards Bisexual people override the best interests of the entire LGBTQ Community as well as common decency tried to use their positions of (relative) power when they publicly allied themselves with those who deny the existence of bisexual people and even went so far as to try and expand the meaning of DOMA to have this marriage declared invalid and the deportation continued.
Yet AGAIN we must ask where is all that “Heterosexual Privilege” that All Bisexual People are rurmored to have?
Things To Do: THANK YOU EVERYONE + Keep Up the Good Work, this Would NOT Have Happened Without You
Do NOT let anyone tell you that Electronic Activism is worthless. They are just trying to get you all to shut-up and go away. Do NOT let anyone tell you that Bisexuals are "too complicated", are a distraction from "core" Gay/Lesbian issues and that anyway Bisexuals will get your "rights" after the mainstream Lesbian/Gay get theirs. This is what (some) cynical and selfish groups/people say about Trans* issues to! And we’ve ALL seen how well THAT works.
Without Each and Everyone of YOU Ivo & Lale would be in separate countries Right Now instead of home together for Christmas.