Dining with Lesbians

A bowl of personal identity served with blueberry pie

Marching to be Equal

And so we went, together, holding hands. Marching for gay rights might sound ordinary to many of you but it’s very special to us, to me. My partner has never, I say never, joined a rally, march or demonstration of any sort. The closest she ever got was dropping me off two blocks away from the site I was going to hold IDAHOT at, and she was very shy about being seen even at that distance.

The rally itself was alright, about 1,000 people turned up.  I loved how one sign said “I am straight.  I support Gay Marriage” (too bad I couldn’t get it clearly on camera).  It was peaceful along the way and the police were nice, too (we had to ask for directions and were politely shown the way by a middle-aged policeman who showed no signs of negativity towards the gay rally).

On the way to the rally, the taxi driver asked us why we were going there (because it seemed unusual that two foreigners wanted to go to their political party’s headquarters).  At first I just said we were joining a rally, not too sure how he would react to a gay rally and no wanting my partner to be stuck in a homophobic taxi if the driver turned out to be one.  But then he continued asking and so I said:

“It’s a rally for gay marriage”.

The dreaded pause.  Maybe it was just a normal pause, but it seemed long to me.

“So you are lesbians?” said the driver in more or less the same tone as before, I think.

“Yes,” I said in my calmest strong voice, though I felt like I had just swallowed a rock.  It was the first time my partner ever agreed to join me at a rally, a gay rally.

I cannot remember what the driver said after that but there was no hint of distaste towards us nor the gay rally, that is all I can recall.

I am very thankful my partner joined the rally, I know she did it for me.  I know she did it because she felt that it was an important part of me.  Though she’s still not interested in the whole gay movement, I’m happy we could hold hands marching among rainbow flags.

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9 comments on “Marching to be Equal

  1. Ellen Hawley
    July 18, 2015

    I’m so glad.

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    • nmwords
      July 19, 2015

      Thank you, I’m still very happy about my partner willing to join the rally!

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  2. rebbit7
    July 18, 2015

    Sounds like the march went well! That moment in the taxi with the driver was definitely admirable, and I think that it was great that all of you– you, your partner, even the taxi driver– were so accepting of each other as people, regardless of sexual orientation. This post has inspired me to perhaps go out to a gay pride parade or equality march in the future. 🙂

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    • nmwords
      July 19, 2015

      Same here, I was really glad that the driver and the police were so cool with the whole gay rally!
      I hope you’ll enjoy your first march, I surely enjoyed mine many years ago. Before going to my first pride, I thought I was there to support the gay community, but it turned out that I felt very supported by all the people who joined the rally and felt more confident about being gay!

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  3. RevieWow
    July 19, 2015

    This was lovely!

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  4. lennymaysay
    July 21, 2015

    Reblogged this on Lenny Says.

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    • nmwords
      July 22, 2015

      Hello there! I was happily surprised by your re-blog, thanks for sharing it!

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