Before seeing this photo, I was never quite sure where Facebook, the biggest online social networking site, stood on the subject of gay marriage and just homosexual people in general. Well, this new feature on their site told me quite frankly where they stand. Facebook, thank you so much for doing this. I know many straight people, even good friends of mine, who truly do care for gays and will fight for their rights and everything; but they can never understand the full extent of the hatred and prejudice we get from the assholes in our society. For the straights, small things like this may not seem as emotional and grand as it seems for gay men, like me, and gay women. They know it matters, but they can’t feel the emotion of finally being acknowledged by society, if not one small thing at a time.
For me, my childhood fantasy had always been getting married. Looking back now, to those dreams, i realize that i never did put a definite image for the definition of “marriage.” It wasn’t me and a woman. It was me and a person i loved. And society told me to love women. I just went with it, knowing too little to contradict what the majority felt was the right thing. Now, i still don’t see myself getting married, or being in a relationship at all for that matter (but that stems from other issues i have). But my point is, this takes another step to changing the heterosexual default of our society. We’re starting to change our mindsets. Marriage doesn’t mean a man and a woman anymore. It means two people in love. And although we have made these changes, we still have a long way to go before we can turn around a common belief that’s been present for many centuries now. But thanks to facebook and the open-minded media and influential people like celebrities and government officials, we’re taking small steps towards the direction of progress.