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“The first thing that was clear for both of us was our shared wish to have a child; I told him that I was looking for a father for my children and that this would be the purpose of our marriage. Being a woman in Algeria is difficult, but being a single mother is even harder!”
Amelle could have decided to adopt, but – as in many other countries – it is a long and drawn out process for couples in Algeria. It is especially hard if you are single. “Before, Farid had taken steps to adopt alone, but as a single man, he didn’t succeed, so we’re going to start a kind of homoparental family,” said Amelle. “There’s no reason why I should have a heterosexual sex life. My gynecologist knows I’m a lesbian and she said she’d organise everything – she knows the whole story.”
As soon as Amelle and Farid agreed what they were going to do, everything went quite quickly. She introduced Farid to her family. “He’s a very nice chap. My family loved him and immediately adopted him as one of their own,” Amelle recalled. He followed tradition by coming with his parents to ask for Amelle’s hand in marriage. They got engaged in March 2017, and are planning on tying the knot in February 2018.
Like Farid, Amelle has never come out. “Other than close friends, no one knows he’s gay – it’s a bit like me! I’ve got a few cousins who know and support me. My relatives said it was a good thing that I’m getting married so I can carry on living a quiet life. As for my mother, I’m sure that – even if she doesn’t let on – she knows.” Amelle insists on her happiness, on the “relief” she feels since she got engaged.
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Selling queer used books today at the Queer Makers Market! We have more details up on Patreon lens!
A Scottish lesbian journalist who was frequently underestimated, Evelyn Irons was a prominent member of the queer community in the 1900s. Given her influence, you might see some familiar names from the era. We have the pleasure of going over some prominent women loving women and seeing the tangled lines that connect so many lived.
Gianni Versace was a revolutionary man in the world of fashion, having grown up surrounded by it; his mother was a dressmaker, and Versace furthered her path by learning from her. He opened his first boutique in 1978. His designs drew influence from the classics, while also having their own vibrant, modern look. Critics varied wildly in their opinions of him; his clothes were either game-changing or gaudy – sometimes both at the same time. Given these elements and reviews, Versace’s brand grew quickly. Through his hard work and extraordinary passion, he was soon making clothes for celebrities such as Prince, Princess Diana, and Elton John. With his famous friends, in addition to his groundbreaking work, Gianni Versace quickly became a household name. He took advantage of his famous connections by putting them in the front row of his fashion shows. It was a new tactic and one that only further catapulted him into the public sphere.
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For the first time, a trans woman has taken on the most prestigious role in Iceland’s national day celebrations.
Eva Ágústa Aradóttir, an LGBT activist and photographer, was asked to be the Lady of the Mountain, a personification of the country who represents all its best qualities.
During Saturday’s national holiday, she stood on a stage in the middle of the celebrations and read a poem – a tradition established in 1944, when Iceland became a republic.
“I recall the adventure as the most wonderful and intense periods of my life.” — Elvira de la Fuente Chaudoir