A recent discussion over dinner with friends regarding a vacation to Las vegas reminded me of a terrible experience. What happened still angers me to this day and I thought I would relate the story here. Almost two years ago my partner Paul had major surgery on both feet. We had already booked a trip to Las Vegas and LA and the surgeon gave him the go ahead to travel as we were flying more than 6 weeks after his surgery. We had to clear customs and immigration in Chicago as this was our first entry point to the US. We were met from the plane by a really nice young man with a wheelechair for Paul. He took us through to immigration to the disabled and fast track line. He took Paul up to the immigration officials desk whilst I waited behind the yellow line. Paul was proceesed and given entry fairly quickly. Then the female official asked if I was a family member of his. He explained who I was. She screamed at him that our relationship was NOT legal and I was NOT family. I do mean screamed. People were turning aroung everywhere to see what the commotion was. Then she diverted her attention to me. She screamed at me to "get the hell out of that line and got to the main line". In all it took me almost an hour to clear immigration as the line was huge. Once I got through I was really anygry as Paul had been sitting waiting on his own. He was quite upset by the whole experience. I was on a mission by this point and really wanted to complain but Paul made me drop it. I have travelled to the US many times and have often (not always) found the immigration staff to be a bit offhand and rude (especially in New York JFK) but this treatment was beyond belief to me. Why do you think an immigration official would act in such a rude and so openly homophobic manner? I was shocked that in a Country such as the US an official would behave like this. Do you think I should have "pushed it" and complained or would we have been "marked" forever more? What would you have done? Has anyone ever had a similar experience or were we just unlucky on that occasion? Interested to hear your thoughts on this.