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‘Meeting my mother after 42 years was a miracle’ – BBC News

The Swedish daughter in this BBC News piece doesn’t live far from where my recently-found Swedish family lives. Things like this can be written about, but the emotional feelings behind the words are beyond words.

My blog mentor advises that I write at least 300 words with each post. Having read the article and reliving my experiences of finding family after 71 years, I am too drained to say any more.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35761408

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BBC News: Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work

SKENANDE SOCIALISM! Visst är det härligt? 😀😀😀🇸🇪

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Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work_87475864_fredrik-and-son-elton976.jpgNew regulations have been introduced in Sweden to encourage fathers to take at least three months off work when they have a baby.
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BBC News: Photographer Johan Bävman celebrates Swedish dads

Tell the world, BBC, about Swedish Dads!

Staying with my cousin and her family last year in Trelleborg was such a healthy, mind-boggling experience for this visitor from Oregon. Dad at the dining table helping one of the boys with his English homework. Such functionality! Ironing the clothes even! Father-son closeness that makes me tear-up writing this.

Men ARE more than just sperm donors and family funding sources. And when I see men “stuffing their feelings” when tragedy befalls their children, it makes me so angry. As a transgender female it is OK, as with a cisgender female, to express emotions. Men have feelings also, even if in childhood emotions were shamed or beaten out of them.

So let’s “man up”, you guys! That means reclaiming your feelings and being there for your kids.

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Photographer Johan Bävman celebrates Swedish dads_87293045_87287884.jpgPhotographer Johan Bävman profiled 45 dads in Sweden, arguably the most father-friendly country in the world.
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BBC News: Charity: ‘More compassion needed for refugees’

Stories like this can tear at the heart, especially during the holidays. Last year, after learning that I had family in Sweden and visiting them, the deep desire of wanting to leave Oregon and move to Sweden to be with them geographically really tore at my heart. Swedish society is kinder and gentler to LGBT folks than here in the States; and I have no living, accepting family on this side of the Pond.

With a US passport I can stay over there each year for up to 90 days. and we send emails and Skype now and then. Despite the distance between us, WE ARE A FAMILY. After I get Transatlantictransadvocates going on a profitable basis, I will have the funds to visit them on a regular basis and perhaps do doctoral studies at a Swedish university. Also by that time I will be much more adept and educated in Trans* and Inter* studies and even do speaking engagements in Europe.

For migrants like in this story I have some advice:
1. Thank Allah that you are free from the torturers and accept residency wherever you are assigned.
2. Realize your family in the UK is next door in cyberspace.
3. Comply with all EU requirements and become a productive, valuable asset to the country to which you are assigned. Your family back home can join you there.
4. When you have the time and money, visit your family in the UK and have them visit you.
5. WHEN THE TIME COMES and if it is a good idea then, relocate within the EU where you and all your family can be together. Remember: Allah is compassionate and merciful.

Emotions are running so high now. The formation of the European Community after the devastation of the 20th Century proves that humanity CAN live in peace. Dear Lord, help these people stay as one.

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Charity: ‘More compassion needed for refugees’_86883730_86883729.jpgThe Government is being urged to adopt a more compassionate approach to Syrian refugees who face deportation from the UK, because they have travelled here from other European countries to be with relatives.
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BBC News: Sweden’s dilemma over immigration controls

Sweden has received more migrants per capita population than any other EU nation. How many are allowed to stay remains to be seen. Persons claiming persecution for LGBT status have to convince Migration Board officials that their claims are valid. All this has to be done in a manner that respects the dignity and human rights of the applicant. Forcing the applicant to “prove” LGBT status is expressly prohibited under EU law.

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Sweden’s dilemma over immigration controls_86640804_86640372.jpgSweden, which has received more than 100,000 asylum seekers this year, has announced it had decided to impose temporary border controls.
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BBC News: How Sweden tries to assimilate its influx of refugees

I know Sweden is not the only country in the EU and this country’s acceptance of refugees is admirable. But I cannot also help but wonder how many of these persons, risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones to come to the EU and Sweden are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or some other minority subject to persecution in their home countries. In this early stage of developing Transgender Transadvocates to be a worldwide voice for the Transgender and Intersex community, the reality of death, torture, violence, and other acts of hate against LGBTI persons must be made visible and addressed. And when these migrants risking death to escape from death finally settle down in the EU, USA, Canada, Austrailia, or whereever, they are going to need the help of trained, compassionate listeners to allow them to leave the horrific past behind and move on with their new loves. May it be so.

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How Sweden tries to assimilate its influx of refugees_85561716_gettyimages-487872406.jpgThe BBC’s Edwin Lane looks at how Sweden copes with the high numbers of refugees it lets stay in the country.
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BBC News: Ethiopia stowaway gets to Sweden in airliner’s hold

Whatever it takes. At least the guy had FURBABIES to keep him warm.

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Ethiopia stowaway gets to Sweden in airliner’s hold_84885000_swedethiopafpbody.jpgAn Ethiopian man hoping to get asylum in Sweden is found in the hold of an airliner after a flight from Addis Ababa to Stockholm.
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