“I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that’s where us gay people come from… you heterosexuals.”
When do people simply have the right to be honest about who they choose to love and share a whole life with. For those of us who have followed AD for many years, on many occasions we may have noticed the text, “Their Home” paired with two people of the same sex. This was code for “Gay Couple”, at a time when it wasn’t acceptable to speak about a subject that could make people uncomfortable? For some of us this has always been a non-issue, however with today’s demand for honest, open, transparent communication that old attitude doesn’t seem to hold up. With this new desire for real communication we need to become aware of the limiting ideas of where we came from so we can all celebrate where we are.
We Americans always seem to get excited about the first this, the first that. Ellen definitely grabbed the countries attention with her first Gay Kiss. The question then needs to shift to when will same sex couples become part of the complete picture of American Normal, where no one really seems to care or take much notice, as long as they are respecting the rights of others? Architectural Digest has moved us in the right direction with the featuring of Ellen and Portia’s home. There’s no more veiled code. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, let the standard be that we are judged by the content of our character and not for any other reason.
Joseph Osborne & Bill Schoenleber Social Enterprise Marketing