We’ve received nothing but love, support or, surprisingly, plain old indifference from friends, family and strangers. That apathy says a lot about how much a part of the social fabric we have become. Truth be told, we’re neither sensational nor worth remarking upon. We’re just the New Normal.
JCPenny’s mothers day ad featuring a two mom family. If you look closely, they appear to be wearing wedding rings. Go JCPenny!
OHMYDEARGOD, THIS IS SO CUTE.
Watching We Were Here, made me think about glbt and the concept of family. In the late 1970’s and the 1980’s (and even into the 1990’s and early 2000’s) many glbt people flocked to areas where being glbt was the norm, ie. San Francisco. There they made surrogate families. I think there still are those migration patterns, but I wonder if the glbt “family” still is as powerful as it was twenty thirty years ago. Being glbt is more accepted in 2012 then 1982, without a doubt. And a person who is 15 in 2012 coming out is more likely to have a blood family support group than a person in 1975 coming out. It’s interesting to see how the second (and starting soon the third) generation of out glbt people shape society. Will there still be a glbt family? Will people still say “partner?” etc
I don’t think these things are “bad” or “good”, just interesting.
I’m very very curious to know…What does everyone think? ?
In many ways, we’re just like any other family, which is to say that we’re special and in love with each other and stressed out and hopeful and tired and just trying to do the best we can to raise a little person into an adult with qualities that we value. And perhaps this is where we are different from some other American families. The quality we hold above all others is compassion—for other people, animals, and the self. How that “undermines the family in society” or could cause Avie trouble “learning right from wrong,” I’m fresh out of ideas.
My brother got married yesterday. And I am so happy for him, so happy for their happiness together, but it slices a little piece of my heart everytime it is brought up.
It just makes me want to cry because I see how differently his relationship has been treated and respected by my whole family than mine ever was, is, or ever will be. It breaks me.
And despite everything that happened at the beginning when I came out to my parents - despite the hateful and hurtful things that were said, despite the wildly inappropriate things that were asked, despite me no longer being acknowledged as a part of the family, and despite the years of homophobic remarks prior to that …
I have never had more resentment in my heart for my family than right now.
Confessions of a half dyke: This breaks my heart since this is so honest. So many of us have been in this same place or in similar situations. This is why I love my glbt family so much. Their love is way more unconditional than some of your biological family members’ love. My heart goes out to you queer hippie, it really does.
My younger cousin texted me today asking what year did you come out? So I told her. She said she was giving a speech on gay marriage and was using me as a reference. I don’t know if I ever told her I was bisexual and not a lesbian so I told her. She said, “I figured. It doesn’t matter either way. I love you.” I’m so proud of the person she’s becoming.