I read this years ago and can't believe I didn't post a comment. I cried then for Illya and I teared up now for him. The fear and helplessness...
I am glad the laws are changing. No one should have to be relegated to the sidelines like the Russian is in this story.
From: elfqueen55 Date: 08/16/2011
Brilliant!!! This was just SO incredibly enjoyable, you must have had such a blast writing it! Thank you so much for posting, it's just exactly what I needed after a long, long day! :D
From: Arcadii Date: 07/19/2011
One of my patients is a minister (who happens to be a lesbian) and one of her congregation was on a cruise with her partner of over ten years. The partner became ill and was medevaced back to the states. Her family barred the partner from the hospital and when the lover died, the woman wasn't allowed to come to the memorial service and the family buried her in an undisclosed location. There wasn't a will and their home for the past ten years was in the deceased lover's name. The family went to court and had her barred from entering her own home. She had to go to court herself to get permission to remove her own things and could only take what she could prove belonged to her while supervised by a deputy.
It makes me extremely angry to know that things like this really happen, so I can totally sympathize with Illya's pain at the authorities obstinate holier-than-thou blockheadedness.