Sharing our story opened our eyes to realize that we can inspire others in ways we never thought we would.
We reached out to this gorgeous couple after reading their heartwarming posting on the secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation. Over a Skype interview, this lovely couple graciously shared a story of their experience with religion, why they posted their story on Pantsuit Nation, and the a surprising learning that they had the ability to help other people in their position by simply sharing their story. Read and listen to learn more!
We had a lot of people reaching out to us to express their congratulations to the story we posted on the secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation.
The election results were the biggest reason for us to immediately get married. Everyone keeps telling us that nothing is going to happen to us. Even if Trump doesn't want to change the rules and the laws, we didn't want to be involved. We just wanted to get married right away.
When you are growing up, you have the ideal marriage planned in your head.
You plan for what you are going to wear, who is going to be there, and what song will play when you walk down the isle. Now that we are older, I'm glad we didn't do the big wedding we had planned in our heads when we were younger. Our ceremony focused on the union of 2 people rather than everything else that goes into a big wedding. While we were planning our wedding, everyone had so many opinions that differed from ours. I think that also had a lot to do with why we decided to go super fast and super small.
We met before Grindr. It was called gay.com.
We both came from very religious families. His is Catholic, and they have acceptance of homosexuality. The religion I was born into was non denominational Christian, and they had an opposite mindset about homosexuality.
I was 14 when I came out to my parents and was forced back into the closet.
I underwent the religious deprogramming classes that everyone talks about. They are not really fun. Once I was forced back in the closet, I felt even gayer. I had a huge falling out with my family after a few months of deprogramming classes.
My camp threw me out when I was 18.
My mom confided with a lady and said I was battling with my demons as a homosexual. The camp asked me not to come back until I was cleansed. When I met my partner, I was still battling with that experience.
I feel like religion is a huge sensitive subject to people in the LGBT community.
In my experience, religion preaches tolerance instead of acceptance. I feel like if you accept me, you must accept me for me. I feel like tolerance means that you are tolerating me, and focusing on all of my faults.
I own my own salon, and we live in a really rural community outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It feels more like people are tolerating us than accepting us where we live. We still get the looks and the snickers. It is getting better, but we still feel really uncomfortable.