Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marriage Equality for ALL

Today in the US, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding California's Proposition 8 and potentially a legal means to open the door for same-sex marriage across the entire United States. And while I personally feel that the court may side-step the issue entirely based on the tone of their questions, I'm still hopeful that a chance at achieving true marriage equality remains there.

Meanwhile on Facebook, lots of people started to change their profile photos to the image above in line with a social media blitz launched by the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality. Tobie and I followed suit some time in the night (or in the middle of the day with respect to US time) to show our support from across the ocean.

I have previously blogged about why I feel gay marriage is important on a number of occasions, and it only makes to repeat that message here on Baduy Pride. This is about our right to have our love for our partners to be recognized by society as a whole after all and to attain the legal protections that come with the title of marriage.

I'm most touched by my straight friends who also took part in the social media activity. It's one thing to have members of the LGBT community discussing the importance of gay rights on social media, but to have straight friends doing the same is always a good. As we constantly state, LGBT rights are human rights after all. It's not about gender but about being afforded equal protections as fellow human beings. I can only hope that more friends join in supporting our fight for greater legal protections and rights as time passes or perhaps even join in a pride march some time.

The fight for LGBT rights cannot be won by the pink community alone. We are a minority group after all. That means that the greater majority of people out there need to practice that aspect of democracy that helps us look out for the minorities and marginalized groups out there and ensure their rights are protected. That's how the system is supposed to work.

Marriage Equality for ALL!!!
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Four Months!

Four: The symbolic meaning of number Four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. Consider the four seasons, four directions, four elements all these amazingly powerful essences wrapped up in the nice square package of Four. Fours represent solidity, calmness, and home. A recurrence of Four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, center yourself, or even "plant" yourself. Fours also indicate a need for persistence and endurance.

Four months.
And each day keeps getting more awesome.
More geekier.  More fulfilling.

I love you, Rocky.
Happy Four Months!

Four Months...of THEATER!

Marina Bay Sands Theater (Jan 2012)
I've always been rather big on theater - especially musical theater. Jokingly one could say that it's one of my obviously gay traits, if you get the movie reference. And thankfully over the years that I've known Tobie, he's been more than happy to share my enthusiasm for watching plays.

And it's not exactly a cheap endeavor, as you all may well know. So instead of a heck of a lot of travel to remote beaches, foreign shopping destinations and the like, we end up investing a lot in this little theater hobby.

And there's a heck of a lot of theater to be enjoyed - in fact it has become one of the main reasons that we travel to Singapore so much, apart from the desire to visit my sister and such. Yes, we travel to another country just to catch great shows like the recent stagings of The Lion King, Wicked and Jersey Boys.

I know I'm really lucky that Tobie is so supportive of this particular passion of mine - but that's how good relationships work of course. You find ways to celebrate what each of you love and to do so in a manner that is genuinely enjoyable for both of you.

Today is also our fourth month of being back together - a rekindling of our relationship that ironically began with a trip to Singapore last November to watch Jersey Boys. And this year we've already indulged in a few shows with another one scheduled this afternoon!

Pseudo-slideshow time!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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