Some friends expressed their disappointment in the new "vanilla-named" site. They like the edginess of "The Queer Next Door." After the switch to the new blog (quite oddly), I took a long hiatus from writing and posting. I had been somewhat consistent on my "Queer" site.
Now, I could use any number of excuses for not posting on the "Jason" site:
- I've been super-busy with my day job
- I'm taking piano lessons and trying to practice at least an hour a day
- I'm brushing up on my Spanish (with the goal to be a middle school foreign language teacher one day)
- I'm playing a video game that can absorb every minute of my free time (if I'm not careful)
But maybe the root cause for my recent silence is that I didn't seem very excited to write as "Jason, All Day Long." Maybe I wanted to remind people that there is a queer living next door.
And I wouldn't think that this reminder is necessary (at least with the straight people that I encounter); most people that I know are perfectly all right with homosexuals. But there is one man in our neighborhood who drives a station wagon with his "Marriage is between a Man and a Woman" bumper-sticker opinion flying free. Myself, I have a Human Rights Campaign "Equal-Symbol" sticker on the back glass of my truck. I've had a few straight people ask, "What does that mean?" I smile and explain. For the people who aren't aware of HRC, the symbol of equality should work its way into their minds at least at a subconscious level, (I would hope).
Then you have those organizations, like the American Family Association whose primary mission appears to be decrying the "Homosexual Agenda" and working toward the assurance that the Defense of Marriage Act is upheld. They push campaigns, such as the Chick-fil-a "Appreciation Day" to support the CEO's stance on tradition marriage.
While "traditional marriages" end in divorce 50% percent of the time for first marriages, 67% for second marriages and 74% for third marriages (according to recent studies), I am left with the thought that not only is traditional marriage between a man and a woman, but the same can be said for traditional divorce.
Ken and I will be married for a year in September. We have been together for six years, our best friends (a lesbian couple) have been together for 20 years, and my gay brother-in-law and his partner have been together for 20 years as well. Maybe we homos are getting the game right.
I'm not much of an advocate of homosexual rights. I just live my life, open and honest. What leads me back to this site today? I was preparing my lunch in the kitchen area of our work floor. A person from another department that shares our floor walked up. She commented on the small container that held my fresh green beans. "That is so cute. I couldn't get up early enough in the morning to prepare my lunch. Does your wife do that for you?"
Without pausing, I said, "I don't have a wife, but my partner does this every morning for me. He spoils me."
And the usually chatty woman was silenced, although she laughed nervously.
I have a picture of Ken displayed prominently at my desk. It's the largest photo there (amongst the photos of my son, my sister, my best friend, and my nephews). If someone comes into my cube for the first time and doesn't know me very well, they often ask, "Who's that?"
I always reply. "That's my husband." (and typically with an voiced exclamation point).
That's what the State of New York says. And I can say with assurance, we couldn't and wouldn't add to the growing divorce rates.