On Valentine's day I received an e-mail from the Human Rights Campaign that displayed beautiful images of gay and lesbian couples. I was thrilled upon opening the e-mail because I knew I would see relationships that mirrored my own and those of my friends, sadly this was not the case. As I watched the slideshow I found myself saying, "okay the next picture has to be of a black couple", needless to say a black couple was not included and my hopes were quickly diminished.
You would think the HRC would at least pretend to be diverse, right? I could really go off on a tangent about the lack of diversity within mainstream gay organizations but I will refrain for now. I decided to create my own slideshow of couples that I either know personally or through mutual friends. These images empower me and give me hope for a healthy committed relationship, hopefully in the near future.
Let's hope next year the HRC will recognize that GLBT love comes in many different colors . I'll even let them borrow some of my pictures.