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Straight Talking
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From::Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
I'm an avid dreamer. I have big ideas, and I'll probably take them somewhere. Watch this space. I want to present what I think - and not with words minced up into an acceptable platter. Some things need to be told straight - particularly gay rights. Particularly life in the closet, it's very nature means no one hears it. If they do it's usually tinted with nostalgia. I'm confident, I know what I like and what I don't. Please don't confuse this for arrogance. I'm probably more insecure then you imagine.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pink Pounds… Lots of Them

62 million pink pounds to be exact. That’s the latest figure for spending on civil partnerships since their introduction in the UK. That’s rather a lot of matching pink tuxedos; tiered cakes with two women on top, and celebratory invite cards. We’re obviously a generous lot.

Of course, it could also be that we don’t have several children already by the time we decide it’s time to make the whole thing legit. It could also be because lots of older, established professional couples now have the opportunity to mark their relationships.

Next time I get an invitation to attend one of these ceremonies (not that many are forthcoming), I shall be considering my position carefully. The same research shows that ceremonies are costly for guests too, with guests spending an average of £700 on gifts, travel, hotels and food. That’s a hell of a lot of money for a wedding.

We’re obviously open-handed. That’s the stereotype of gay males anyway, but given my current financial situation, I’m slightly more miserly. I may just be sending my apologies, and a set of towels.

It does not strike me as coincidental that no homophobic government ever accuses us the LGBT community of not contributing to society financially….




Blogger het said...

you are right about the government...look after the single parents and big investments in childen, and tax those big style that choose not to have any !

ciao4now xx

Mon Mar 26, 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger lilwatchergirl said...

I think civil partnerships are A Very Good Thing, what with wanting to celebrate the rights-to-partnership that we worked so hard for (and also not wanting to be refused visiting rights when my partner goes into hospital, or inheritance rights when she dies). So I'm up for celebrating people's civil ceremonies with them. I have an invite for later in the year, no less, so I shall see what it turns out to look like. No idea how much they're spending - I don't expect to be taking a particularly expensive gift, though, given that I live on benefits! I'd like to think that my lesbian friends, whose partnership I'll be celebrating, would have more understanding of my financial situation than the unthinking, closed-minded, tradition-obsessed straighters whose weddings I've been to in the past. we shall see whether or not that's really the case...

Sat Apr 07, 08:33:00 PM  

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