Re: [Recentattendees] IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input

Michael Richardson <mcr+ietf@sandelman.ca> Wed, 25 May 2016 20:49 UTC

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To: Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com>
Subject: Re: [Recentattendees] IETF 100, Singapore -- proposed path forward and request for input
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Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com> wrote:
    > We spent many years holding IETFs in a country, and in states in that
    > country, that did not recognize LGBT rights, and nobody at that time
    > ever proposed not holding IETFs in that country (the U.S.). We held
    > many, many IETFs in that country. What has changed from then to now?

US citizens from California who bring their same sex partner along to wrangle
the baby do not have to cross a border to enter Texas or Alabama or Utah or..
EU border guards don't care, and speak english well, and we believe that
their legal system isn't corrupt. (I can not speak to truth of it, just belief)

What has changed is:
a) US citizens now have LGBT rights in some places, and have new family
   (legal) arrangements as a result.

b) We are trying to go to more non-US places for reasons of US visa hassles
   and a number of other reasons.

c) Having encouraged more diversity, we have to deal with the actual needs of
   that diversity.


    > In my personal opinion, what has changed is that there are now many
    > fewer potential venues where LGBT families would have to worry. This is
    > a wonderful, positive change. The number of potential IETF venues where
    > such worries are an issue has substantially dropped. I get that because
    > of that Singapore now feels like a backslide, but I think we should all

I think it is more than just this.
As I wrote in another email, I think it's also a concern about the treatment
the legal system will give us.

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Michael Richardson <mcr+IETF@sandelman.ca>ca>, Sandelman Software Works
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