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UNITED STATES

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Marriage laws vary in this country depending on area
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Only in some areas
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

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Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Is your healthcare affected by your sexual orientation or gender identity in UNITED STATES?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No, my healthcare is the same

Yes, it is more expensive (14%) Yes, I was dropped from my insurance plan (4%) My coverage is different because of my sexual orientation (14%) No, my healthcare is the same (66%)

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(user currently living in AMERICAN SAMOA) posted for gay readers on 26/08/2012 +5
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My name is Mikhail Sebastian. I am 39 years old, former citizen of USSR. I have been living in the USA for 16 years now as stateless gay person without country and citizenship since the dissolution of former Soviet Union. I am registered stateless person with UNHCR. On December 29, 2011 I have traveled for New Year holiday to the US territory of American Samoa in South Pacific. On my way back to Los Angeles I was barred from entering USA as I was told by immigration authorities that since I left the mainland of the US I in fact self-deported myself from USA. I have no country to go to, no country to claim as a stateless person but my long-term residency was in the USA.

I previously lived in several republics of former Soviet Union and the last one was Turkmenistan where homosexuality is punishable by law up to 5 years in prison. I came to the USA to seek protection, safety. Now I am stranded in the US territory fighting with federal authorities to allow me to return back home to Los Angeles. My case is now with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

I need your help to advocate for my plight, to urge US Government to grant my humanitarian parole so I can return to my productive life in the United States.

International Stateless Persons Organization has created a petition for me including petition from my friends. I would need to raise the awareness with US Government about the plight of stateless people who are not protected by current immigration law.

1. http://www.change.org/petitions/us-secretary-janet-napolitano-discretionary-decision-in-favor-of-mikhail-sebastian-s-return-to-the-us

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-deportation-of-stateless-us-residents-immigration-reform-2012

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(user currently living in AMERICAN SAMOA) posted for gay readers on 26/08/2012 +5
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My name is Mikhail Sebastian. I am 39 years old, former citizen of USSR. I have been living in the USA for 16 years now as stateless gay person without country and citizenship since the dissolution of former Soviet Union. I am registered stateless person with UNHCR. On December 29, 2011 I have traveled for New Year holiday to the US territory of American Samoa in South Pacific. On my way back to Los Angeles I was barred from entering USA as I was told by immigration authorities that since I left the mainland of the US I in fact self-deported myself from USA. I have no country to go to, no country to claim as a stateless person but my long-term residency was in the USA.

I previously lived in several republics of former Soviet Union and the last one was Turkmenistan where homosexuality is punishable by law up to 5 years in prison. I came to the USA to seek protection, safety. Now I am stranded in the US territory fighting with federal authorities to allow me to return back home to Los Angeles. My case is now with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

I need your help to advocate for my plight, to urge US Government to grant my humanitarian parole so I can return to my productive life in the United States.

International Stateless Persons Organization has created a petition for me including petition from my friends. I would need to raise the awareness with US Government about the plight of stateless people who are not protected by current immigration law.

1. http://www.change.org/petitions/us-secretary-janet-napolitano-discretionary-decision-in-favor-of-mikhail-sebastian-s-return-to-the-us

2. http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-deportation-of-stateless-us-residents-immigration-reform-2012

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