Meet a Creative Greeting-Card Designer and the Awesome People Who Support Him

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The fol­low­ing arti­cle, writ­ten by “yours truly,” is fea­tured in the August issue of “10,000 Same-Sex Cou­ples eMagazine”:

Some­one You MUST Know: Dan McLel­lan, Founder of Homoquotables

By Heidi Mann, Asso­ciate Edi­tor   Wed, Aug 01, 2012

Mile­stones have marked Dan McLellan’s life. His greet­ing cards cel­e­brate mile­stones in the life of a card-giver’s gay or les­bian friend, fam­ily mem­ber, or lover.

Someone You MUST Know: Dan McLellan, Founder of Homoquotables

Pic­tured: Dan McLel­lan (l.) and hus­band Michael Jones

With society’s grow­ing open­ness to LGBT cou­ples and mar­riage equal­ity, one might think it would be easy to find a birth­day or anniver­sary card for a gay or les­bian indi­vid­ual. But that wasn’t the case when Dan McLel­lan went card-shopping for his part­ner, Michael. So, about two years ago, Dan set about chang­ing that, and in May 2012, Homo­quota­bles was born.

Homo­quota­bles began as Dan’s “his-and-his greet­ing card” busi­ness, and has grown quickly to offer cards for les­bians as well, along with mugs, t-shirts, and more. Any of Dan’s black-and-white photo designs, sev­eral of which are pic­tured here, can be cus­tomized with a quote befit­ting a birth­day, com­mit­ment cer­e­mony, wed­ding, anniver­sary, or other mile­stone in the life of a gay friend, fam­ily mem­ber, or part­ner. … Please go here, to “10,000 Cou­ples,” to read the rest of this article.

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What I found absolutely poignant and lovely in Dan’s story was the sup­port he still has from his for­mer wife, Kay, who now even plays a cru­cial role in his busi­ness! That has got to be the ulti­mate in accep­tance of someone’s homo­sex­u­al­ity — a spouse who loves his or her wife or hus­band so much and so well that he or she chooses to let the indi­vid­ual go, at least from the mar­riage, to live into her or his full self­hood. WOW!

So, what do you think? Please leave a com­ment below about lov­ing and let­ting go in this fash­ion, and/or visit Dan’s web­site (Homo­quota­bles) and tell us here which of his greeting-card designs is your favorite.

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