Why I Write and Edit for 10,000 Same-Sex Couples eMagazine


This video is amaz­ing. It’s orig­i­nally from the travel com­pany Expedia’s web­site, and I’m not show­ing it to endorse Expe­dia (nor do I not endorse Expe­dia). I’m shar­ing it here because it is such a touch­ing and hon­est rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the “evolv­ing” (yes, Pres­i­dent Obama’s word) that often must take place in a heterosexual’s process of learn­ing to accept a loved one’s homo­sex­u­al­ity. Take 3 min­utes to watch:

One of my pri­mary clients in my edit­ing and writ­ing free­lance work is 10,000 Same-Sex Cou­ples eMagazine. I’ve worked with its pub­lisher, Delena Wilk­er­son, for prac­ti­cally as long as I’ve been edit­ing full-time — since Octo­ber 2009. I came on-board with Delena as she was prepar­ing her sec­ond issue; as of this month, she has pub­lished 37!

10,000 Cou­ples can’t pay me much, but the rea­son I con­tinue with the emag and all it rep­re­sents — “the face of same-sex cou­ples around the globe,” in the words of its tagline — is summed up in this video: the joy that some human beings find in lov­ing, roman­ti­cally, sex­u­ally, some­one of their same gen­der; the fact that they are just as enti­tled to such joy as I am to the joy I expe­ri­ence in lov­ing and being com­mit­ted to my hus­band; and the capac­ity of het­ero­sex­ual fam­ily and friends to move in their under­stand­ing of and appre­ci­a­tion for all that such a rela­tion­ship — a mar­riage — means for the gay or les­bian person(s) they love.

When this dad indi­cates that see­ing the sparkle and joy return to his daughter’s eyes as a result of the love she has found in her girlfriend-turned-wife is more impor­tant to him than retain­ing his for­mer con­cept of right and wrong… well, to me, that is huge. That’s what 10,000 Cou­ples — and my sup­port of the LGBT com­mu­nity, which I can best offer through my writ­ing and edit­ing — is all about.

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