A new film, highlighting the discrimination faced by same-sex parents, has been launched to coincide with the UK’s National Adoption Week.
Although gay couples in the UK can legally adopt children, the measure remains banned throughout much of Europe, and same-sex couples with children often face problems when it comes to legal entitlements.
Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut, a global LGBT campaign group, said:
“EU member states pride themselves on integration, but their governments still fail to resolve the legal hurdles keeping same-sex families from full recognition across borders.”
The film is a joint project from All Out and producer Mike Buonaiuto, whose equal marriage film Homecoming became a huge online success.
Organisers are encouraging people to share the film on social networking platforms and to use the Twitter hashtag #InvisibleParents.
I live in a loving family with two dads. Sadly only a few countries in the European Union currently recognise my family. This means that I am unable to move around as I want with my parents and I also risk living with one of my dads being invisible from the State. Both situations are putting me and thousands of other children in same-sex families in unnecessary vulnerable situations as we are treated differently than children in families with a mum and a dad. For example, when I started in school, only one of my dads could sign my papers for my teachers. They did not accept that from my other dad. Also, when we were on holiday and I broke my arm, in the hospital the doctors would only talk to one of my dads and he was the only one who could visit me. My other dad had to wait outside as the hospital did not accept that I have two daddies.
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Voiceover: Kate Hollowood / Sound Disposition
Cast: Garry Mannion | Jessica Hopes | James McGregor
Editor / Director of Photography: Arthur Lewin
Web Design / Development: Bradley Hall
MEP Michael Cashman
The Finnish Rainbow Families Association
New Family Social
Coalition for Equal Marriage
Institute of Social Ecology Vienna (SEC)
Gay Star News
Manuel Cabral Morais
Tuomo P Railo
via Pink News