I love finding this kind of thing, and I think it’s worth pointing out when I do. We subscribe to Newsweek, and I usually thumb through the newest issue when it comes in, which is what I did when the “Splitsville” issue arrived. It sounds weird, but I start reading Newsweek from the back. I usually want to read “Newsmakers” first, then see what’s being reviewed as far as books, music, and movies, before I get to the feature story, about “the children of divorce, all grown up.”
Given the subject matter, I wasn’t expecting it to have a gay angle. (Because gay people can’t even get divorced, but that’s another story.) Lo and behold, when I finally got to the photo for the cover story, there it was. The gay angle. It wasn’t the story, but a part of the story. And that, folks, is progress.
Fourth and fifth from the left we have Laurie Gelardi and David Jefferson, of whom we’re told the following.
Laurie Gelardi. A neonatal nurse; she’s been with her partner for 15 years has two kids.
David Jefferson. A journalist for Newsweek; he has been with his partner for seven years, and his parents have been married 47.
I haven’t read the rest of the article yet, but I thought their inclusion in it — as part of the story, but not the story itself — was significant. It goes back to something I blogged about when I came across a WaPo story about vegetarian kids that included a kid with two moms.
It goes back to what Abigail wrote in Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is. (Which, by the way, I highly recommend to any LGBT parents.)
Being profiled in the paper simply because I was from one of those famiiles is progress, but not success. Success will be when a child with LGBT parents can be profiled for some other reason, and the mention of his or her family can be referenced without sexual orientation becoming the main focus.
So, I opened up Newsweek and there it was right in front of me: progress.
That, I thought, was prety cool.