Lesbian couple perseveres despite distance and discrimination

Lesbian couple separated by distance and discriminatory US laws

Inger and Philippa
with their daughter

BY KATHY BELGE
LesbianLife at About.com

Inger and Philippa’s story is sort of a modern romance. They started to get to know one another via a social networking site in 2008. Both shared a passion for tattoos and had friends in common. “The first time we typed at each other on msn, I think the conversation lasted about 10 hours,” says Philippa. “It was so easy yet when she asked for my number because she was curious as to what I sounded like I became really nervous. I remember the first time I answered the phone and heard her voice…it was amazing, I can’t put words around it but I knew that she was someone who was going to be a huge part of my life.”

This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful love story. And it is. As Inger and Philippa began to fall in love, they concentrated on one another and their feelings. Discriminatory US immigration laws were far from their minds. But because Philippa is from the UK, maintaining a relationship has been difficult. This is their story:

Philippa’s Words:
Life changed dramatically in May of 2008 when my mother became extremely ill. I spent everyday for three weeks at the hospital by my mother’s bedside watching machines keep her alive. She knew about Inger and had paid for my passport. I never had a passport because I was afraid of flying. In all that time the one person that kept me going was Inger. She answered the phone whatever time of day it was. She kept the webcam up so that she could watch over me and when I woke with night terrors she was there to comfort me. The doctors removed the sedation so my Mum was awake for a couple of days and she made me promise I would go and meet Inger and her daughter.

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