1. Finding Life Documentary Trailer


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    Finding life is a documentary that explores how same-sex families are changing the face of foster care. With 400,000 children currently in foster care, this film presents 7 same-sex families who push societal boundaries in order for foster kids, and these families, to find love and ultimately find life.

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    • Video message to Annual Conference 2013 from Nils Muižnieks


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      Video message to the ILGA-Europe Annual Conference 2013 from Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner. Script: • I would like to express my best greetings to ILGA-Europe’s 2013 Annual Conference in Zagreb, Croatia. • The concept of the family is changing rapidly in Europe. Families composed and recomposed in multiple ways represent the current social reality. The recognition of family relationships has to reach beyond any traditional notion of the family. • During the past decade, significant progress has been made in the legal recognition of LGBTI families. This is also useful for refuting well-rehearsed stereotypes about LGBTI persons. The public should become aware of the wide variety of ‘rainbow’ families. • Nearly half of European countries now give official recognition to same-sex couples. Ten states have legislation in place granting the right to same-sex marriage. Access to adoption procedures and assisted reproduction technologies is also becoming available to many LGBTI parents together or alone. • It is in the best interest of children that their parents and primary carers have legal rights and responsibilities. The family unit, whatever form it takes, should enjoy adequate and equal legal protection. • The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights reflects the current developments. It has clearly recognised that same-sex couples living in a stable partnership with or without children fall within the notion of ‘family life’ protected by the European Convention. It has also noted that there is an emerging European consensus towards legal recognition of same-sex couples. • Although the European Convention does not impose an obligation to grant same-sex couples the right to marriage, the member states’ margin of appreciation in providing an alternative partnership recognition scheme is narrowing down. This trend is likely to accelerate when the majority of member states have partnership legislation in place. I encourage the current Maltese efforts to legislate in this area and urge other member states to follow the example. • The principle of the best interests of the child is sometimes used as an argument against the promotion of the human rights of LGBTI people. In addition to hindering access to family rights, the protection of minors is ostensibly behind many attempts to stop pride events and recent laws banning the “propaganda of homosexuality”. We begin to see new dividing lines in Europe on these issues. • Yet, there is no reason to assume that children would not be equally well cared for by LGBTI or other parents. Nor does scientific evidence demonstrate that the dissemination of information advocating a more positive attitude towards homosexuality would adversely affect minors. On the contrary, it is in the best interests of the child to receive relevant and appropriate information about sexual orientation and gender identity. • Sexual orientation and gender identity should not be used as grounds to deny parental rights or restrict people’s access to adoption procedures. Instead of silencing LGBTI activists by violating their freedoms of expression, assembly and association, governments have a responsibility to educate the public to respect the human rights of LGBTI persons. • Stereotypes and prejudice feed homophobia and transphobia. We have to refute stereotypes and struggle against prejudice by disseminating factual information, carrying out an active rights-based debate and enhancing the visibility of LGBTI persons and families as ordinary members of society. The acknowledgement of the diversity of family life is essential for overcoming the obstacles to this necessary social transformation. • I wish all the best to your conference and look forward to meeting many of you during my country visits.

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      • Legal Strangers in Alaska


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        Lambda Legal filed a legal challenge on behalf of Deborah Harris, whose same-sex partner, Kerry Fadely, was shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee whom Fadely had fired. Under Alaska's workers' compensation law, the spouse of a person who dies from a work-related injury is eligible to receive survivor benefits, but same-sex couples are excluded from that legal protection. Lambda Legal is fighting to challenge the law.

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        • Modern Family | The Schoen's | Nov. 2012


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          I had the pleasure of following a the Schoen family a few weeks ago. The weekend was filled with laughter, life lessons and many activities. It was clear to me that it wasn't just an adoption that created this family bond but it's also unconditional love both dads have for their two boys.

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          • Are Your Family Memories Much Different?


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            Who taught you to ride a bike? Drive a car? Cook a spaghetti bolognese? Helped with the homework? Your parents, probably – whoever they were. The Global Mail's reporter, Sarah-Jane Collins, speaks to four Australian adults about growing up with gay parents.

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            • ILove Marriage in Illinois: It's Just Time


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              From Chicago to Springfield, Peoria to Champaign, our 16 plaintiff couples and their children are leading the fight for marriage in Illinois. It's Just Time for Marriage Equality in Illinois! Find more info at www.lambdalegal.org/ilove

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              • FAMILIES LIKE MINE


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                This is a short documentary on the life of two families. Like in all families, their kids laugh and play and fight. Unlike most families, they are same-sex parents. This is their story. Running time: 15min Produced, directed and edited by Louisa Merino Produced at The New York Film Academy 2011

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                • Legal jungle: same-sex families trapped between EU countries


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                  This 10-minutes video “Legal jungle: same-sex families trapped between EU countries” highlights the key problems and discrimination same-sex families and their children experience due to the lack of mutual recognition of civil status of their families. Currently even the countries which legally recognise same-sex families and their children do not necessarily recognise similar families of same-sex couples from other EU countries. However, all EU countries automatically recognise each other different sex marriages. ILGA-Europe considers this to be a case of direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and calls for the European Commission to remedy such discrimination by introducing legal measures to facilitate the mutual recognition of all civil documents across the EU. Read more about ILGA-Europe's work on LGBTI families here: http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/issues/families This video is produced for ILGA-Europe by www.aspecialperson.com Version with subtitles: http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/news/latest_news/legal_jungle

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