My family got this email yesterday from a sort of long lost relative. In it he basically asks us to vote No on Prop 8 in CA which I totally would if I still lived in California. It said things like:
“I’m emailing you in a plea for your support in a cause that is very important to me- especially as I’d like to someday (despite what some might say haha) get. . . married.”
Hold up. I read it again and again. Yes. I do believe my cousin is coming out to the entire family in a political email.
Woah. . .Awesome!
Later that night I got a call from the Tomato. He’s on our family email list and has, for years, served as our “surrogate gay.” He cut right to the chase as he is wont to do, “Did you get that email from ____? Is he saying what I think he’s saying?”
Yes! Yes I do!
Then we three-way called my Mom to get her take on it.
Mom: I just emailed Sizzle to see what she thought about it. I think that’s what he’s saying.
Me: You emailed me? I didn’t get an email. Um, Mom, did you hit “reply” and email him? You better go check.
(Laughter because this is so like my Mom.)
Mom: Well, yes, I did hit reply. But all I said was ‘Do you get this? -Mom’ so it’s not bad.
(More laughter at my Mom’s expense.)
Mom: Oh wait! He replied!
Us: What’s it say?!
Mom: It says, ‘Yeah.‘
Me: As in, YEAH…I AM GAY.‘
Mom: When do you think he knew?
Me: He always knew, probably.
Mom: But. . .when did you know Tomato?
Bob: Since I was five.
Me: Look, Mom, the Tomato and I dated for two years before he came out.
Tomato: Yeah and we did things that would make your head spin.
Me: Shut UP, Tomato.
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When I received the email I wrote back to him quickly to basically say, “I’m with you!” He wrote back immediately saying he was relieved that the email was well received. I hope other relatives emailed him support. So far, even my opinionated aunt has chimed in positively.
When I think about this right being denied to people, I picture my friends who are gay. My friends who are in love, who live with their partner, who had to travel to other states to have civil union ceremonies. My friends who don’t have the same rights to visit in the hospital or be treated as family by the law in times of crisis. These are REAL people. These are people that I love. And it royally pisses me off that they don’t get treated the same way that I do based solely on their sexual orientation.
So please, if you live in California, read up on Prop 8 and vote NO. For my cousin, for the Tomato, for my many friends who are gay.
Because you believe in equality for all people.