“What is going to happen now ?” .. “Something wonderful” he replied

peterAs anyone can tell from stopping by I’ve pretty much ended my writing on Focus On The Rainbow both this version and the one at Blogger because frankly I’ve run out of things all LGBT to find fault with or praise.

I never wrote the blogs starting back with the first version at Hearst Newspapers for the sake of hits nor readers.

But something happened this past weekend, “something wonderful”, once said in a movie, a fella I went to school with through JR and SR high school got married. Peter (right in photo) married his beau Anthony.

Peter and I had lost touch for a great many years until finding each other on FaceBook a couple of years ago via another school chum. Finding out Peter was gay was less a surprise because I’m no longer surprised at my age about another’s sexuality as I was surprised that Peter (and the other school chum) was an Episcopal priest. I remember all three of us went to the same church when growing up but as I have more or less left the flock I had no idea of their passion and rather late calling in life.

Peter is the first person I know of in my circle of friends, past and current, who have entered into marriage with the one they love and of the same sex.

Oh I’ve met a great number through blogging who have tied the knot but not someone from “home”. And indeed I must say what a great feeling it is to know someone who has done something a great many others are still denied because of where they live.

Life is full of surprises, who’d have thought all those many years ago when Peter and myself (and unbeknown to each other) were hiding our sexuality, that the day would come when he as a gay man would be able to marry.

For myself the idea of marrying is no big deal as being Bi I could marry a woman and now if I stayed on the other side of the fence could marry a man, but for me the last thing in the world this kid would do is to marry … almost once was quite enough thank you very much.

To see Peter and Anthony get married gives me a deep sigh of happiness not just for them but how far we have come, and yes with more strides to go, that they are able to be a wedded couple.

So Peter and Anthony may you have many blessed years together and here’s a toast to when the time comes that all who wish too can have the same happiness you two now share together.

With that said it wouldn’t be my style of writing without an editorial comment.

Please explain to me how anyone in this day and age can say NO to a Peter and Anthony … I just don’t get their continued bias and bigotry as more and more they are on the losing end of the battle.

Hopefully I’ll live long enough to see the complete end to such close-mindedness in our Country and everyone who wants to can share Peter and Anthony’s joy.

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Gay Pride Month Has Ended But The Celebration Of One Continues

empire state building[58]Yes June was quite of month.

We celebrated Pride, SCOTUS ruled in favor of us, polls show more are in favor of us.

Regular folks became advocates and heroes while some came out of the closet and others stepped out of the closet in supporting LGBTs.

We’ve seen a lot since I started blogging about LGBTs back in 2009, four years of progress, still with some setbacks and the ongoing call from the Right and religious that homosexuality is wrong and punishable by death still in some countries and cultures.

Gay bashing continues as does bullying but we are light-years away from where we were in 2009.

As a symbol to remember from where it began this fight for Equality and justice began at a bar in New York City where the oppressed fought back against the police and a bureaucracy headed up by none other than Ed Koch in the Village as Gracie Mansion wanted the streets cleaned up for visitors to The World’s Fair.

Who would have known then when homosexuality was not only a disease of the mind but a crime, when pedophiles were lumped together with gay men and the term bisexual was nary considered an identification of sexuality.

It was a time of civil disobedience and protest against Vietnam and for civil rights and there we were, alone to confront our aggressors until one day we in a collective said “no more”.

Yes the celebration of Gay Pride month has come to an end for another year but the celebration continues one by one as others decide they will hide no longer, regular folk come to accept and become an advocate and we continue to press on until we have full Equality for all who identify as LGBT.

What was once a lonely walk along an uncertain road, today the road is more clear and filled with many footsteps, more than anyone could have ever imagined in that small bar in New York City.

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