Nope, your eyes are not fooling you. These two brides aren’t identical twins nor are they about to marry different grooms. They are to be wed with each other.
In 2014, Allison Brookes and Alina Davis’ story broke out. Alina, whose real name is Dmitry Kozhukhov, is indeed a male despite of his feminine features. In his words, he defines himself as an “androgyne”, meaning, he is gender-fluid and doesn’t follow gender norms.
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But despite him wanting to look like a female and dressing up as a female, Alina’s attraction to the opposite gender— females—didn’t change.
“I’m a guy with normal orientation and, accordingly, I like women’s beauty. And it should be clear my desire, to some extent, is to conform to my ideal,” he said.
When the two filed for marriage registry in May, four years ago, everything went smoothly, since their wedding is a hetero one. However, after a few weeks, the registry called to inform them that they cannot both wear bridal gowns during the ceremony. But since there is no law on wedding dress codes in Russia, the couple proceeded wearing the identical white gowns. Alina revealed that the registry office staff were “outraged” by their bold decision.
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Alina strongly encourages non-normative couples in Russia to fight for their right to be wed. He said, “I have written to couples who are planning similar marriages and are afraid of failures with registration: ‘Be aware, you cannot be refused’”.
Russia is one of the many countries in the world where LGBTQs are being frowned upon. As a matter of fact, being homo was a criminal offense and considered as a disease in the country until the late 90s. We have come so far in terms of liberalism and redefining gender normative roles, but evidently the world has still a long way to go.
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