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I have been so blessed in my work as a free­lance copy edi­tor to meet some truly inspir­ing peo­ple I would never have met oth­er­wise! I’d like to intro­duce you to one of the busiest of them, I’m quite cer­tain: David E. Wat­ters.

Some­times my copy edit­ing crosses over into the oppor­tu­nity to do some orig­i­nal writ­ing, as it did when an arti­cle was urgently needed for the April “10,000 Cou­ples” web-magazine for which I serve as copy edi­tor. I hope you’ll take time to read the entire arti­cle here, to see pho­tos and a rel­e­vant side­bar, and per­haps even to sub­scribe to “10,000 Cou­ples” if you wish (it’s entirely free, and though you can read the whole e-mag with­out sub­scrib­ing, doing so has its perks — like allow­ing you to post com­ments). But to give you a teaser, here’s a bit from my arti­cle, and a video mes­sage from David him­self:

You know how, if we’re really pas­sion­ate about some­thing – say, gar­den­ing – we might say, “Gar­den­ing is my mid­dle name”? Well, “Equal­ity” is David Wat­ters’ mid­dle name – literally!

David tells how he legally added “Equal­ity” to his name at the age of 40. “To me it was sym­bolic and some­thing that I did to mark my 40th year on the planet – 40 years of inequal­ity – and to remind myself that there is still work to be done. I believe that those who have inserted ‘Equal­ity’ into their online pro­file names are also mak­ing it clear to oth­ers that vic­tory in the bat­tle for equal rights is still some way off. It opens con­ver­sa­tion and debate too.”

We at 10,000 Cou­ples first got to know David last fall when he shared news about the Equal Love Cam­paign in the UK – an effort to obtain a legal rul­ing that nei­ther mar­riage nor civil part­ner­ship should be lim­ited by a couple’s gender(s) or sex­ual orientation(s). Through­out 2011, David is con­tribut­ing to 10,000 Cou­ples, intro­duc­ing us to the eight cou­ples who have filed appli­ca­tions “in the Euro­pean Court of Human Rights to over­turn the twin bans on same-sex civil mar­riages and opposite-sex civil part­ner­ships” (Peter Tatchell). See David’s first cou­ple–pro­file here.

David is also author of the forth­com­ing book Never Blend In: The Legacy of Har­vey Milk, fea­tur­ing key voices from the LGBT com­mu­nity with the goal of inspir­ing and encour­ag­ing “those who may lack self-esteem or who ques­tion their valid­ity” (NBI Asso­ciates web­site).

Remem­ber, to read my full arti­cle about David Equal­ity Wat­ters, visit this page on “10,000 Couples.”

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