Another sign of change, a little at a time…
The other day I was pouring through Tumblr photos for the sex and dating advice blog I write with my guy friend, Eli. Spaced between our advice columns are sexy or romantic photos of couples that I find on Tumblr and share with our She Said He Said readers.
I’ve typically had a hard time finding really lovely, romantic photos of LGBT couples on Tumblr (though I’ve found a few, like this one), so I sent out a plea to my Facebook fans. My friend Amie Lee sent me a link to the wedding resource site SoYoureEngayged.com, which I can’t stop pouring over. The photos on this site are stunning.
It’s everything your typical wedding/engagement site is – lovely photos of people gazing at one another with their fingers interlocked, as well as links to vendors and locations. The cool thing here is that it’s aimed at the LGBT community. There are other sites, too, like RainbowWeddingNetwork.com and the very accessible GayWeddingResource.com. Even TheKnot.com— one of the oldest, most popular, and most mainstream wedding sites—has a same-sex wedding resource!
Those of us who are heterosexual and cis-gendered sometimes don’t realize how easy it is for us to call up a caterer, or a photographer, and simply ask for a meeting without any judgement or prejudice. But it isn’t that simple for everyone.
It’s very cool that sites like this are promoting companies who are supportive to the LGBT community, and it’s great that the resources are there for same-sex weddings.
My biggest hope, of course, is that a same-sex marriage will someday just be “a marriage”… But I know we’ve got a ways to go before then.
One interesting thing I found when looking through the photos is that the large percentage of photos are of female couples, as opposed to male couples (though this one of Joseph and Paul made me really happy).
Is that because women buy more into “wedding culture”? Or because women are more likely to want to publicly share their photos?
Do you think sites like this show signs of progress? Do they encourage progress toward marriage equality?
Photo of Gay Male Couple courtesy of Shutterstock