The day after my graduation ceremony and party, I took my parents who had flown in from Norway, for a beautiful drive up California's coast, along the PCH.
I love you San Francisco.
Pride month is here again, and I didn't realize LA Pride was tonight, well, not until now at least. I got weekend passes for me and my husband, and we're gonna shake it to Icona Pop and Tove Lo and really just celebrate our freedom.
Thank you to everyone who fought for our right to get married. But we have to keep defending our civil rights, and the best way to do so is by throwing one helluva love fest!
I feel like gay rights are almost mainstream now, and most people don't really give a shit about your sexuality, identity, or orientation. Still, the far right is on the rise, and we might just not be next on their list, we're already on their list.
Tonight I'm gonna dance and celebrate life in honor of those who were killed in Orlando in 2016. I was at LA Pride when the Pulse attack happened. What a tragedy. #neverforget
Support your local pride festival, get tickets, and go party!
Stay safe tonight WeHo.
I came to this country in January 2015, to obtain a bachelor's degree and experience living in California. Then I fell in love, and married the most amazing man, a U.S. citizen, in August 2015. I've never been happier, and it was an amazing experience to get married. Well, it still is.
The immigration debate keeps going on in this country, with a quite recent uprise in extremist political views - mainly on the far right - and sometimes the rhetoric makes me feel like a second class human being. I wanted to say citizen there for a moment, I truly feel like an American.
My green card renewal is still pending, and there is practically no information from the USCIS.
I have never really had the 'immigrant experience', except for the ridiculous treatment I go through every time I fly from Oslo to LAX. Being asked ridiculous questions and being forced to wait in line for hours without my husband. I understand the need for increased security right now, but this is just crazy.
I've also experienced discrimination based on my immigration status at the DMV in Culver City every time I have been there. It is mainly at government offices that my immigration status is noted, and to be honest... it sucks.
I guess being blonde, white, and blue eyed is a blessing for me, but not for most immigrants. I have met so many people here in L.A. who have experienced terrible discrimination as immigrants, and I can't help thinking that their race/ethnicity/origin/appearance in general plays a role there.
I rarely think of myself as an immigrant. I haven't met many obstacles due to my residency status, and I am grateful for that. When I compare my experiences to friends in similar situations but with different skin colors, I don't feel very good. This is not the way America should treat people.
Being an immigrant in the U.S. in 2018 comes with its own side dish of anxiety.
I hope we as a nation can come together, create new legislation with a path for citizenship for all who are good and law abiding people, and stay united and free, despite our political affiliations. I could actually be deported if I got a speeding ticket. I think it's time to modernize the law.
Just needed to vent. Thanks for reading.
I'm Lars, born and raised in Norway, living the dream in California.