I got an engraving that said “I Can’t Wear This Anymore” and then, as I walked away, I felt the same way.
The piece, a framed portrait of my husband, has been in our home for years, and we’ve always felt that it had a lot to do with our relationship.
It’s a picture of the two of us sitting at the same table and the caption reads, “When we’re not around, you can feel free to do anything.”
That’s not something we want to say or do to someone, so we’re pretty proud of it.
And we love it.
But it’s gotten to the point that I don’t feel like it’s the most important thing in our lives anymore.
So we decided to take it down, at least temporarily, and started an online petition that’s since been signed by more than 11,000 people.
“This is just one of the many ways we have been trying to make the world a better place, but now, we can’t have the same conversation anymore,” the petition reads.
“We want to make sure our voices are heard, and that everyone is free to feel safe in our community and be themselves, free to express themselves and be happy.”
We want you to feel comfortable with your body, your identity, your sexual orientation, your politics, and more, in our shared community.
We are not opposed to the use of the words “queer,” “transgender,” “gender non-conforming,” or other terms that may be more commonly associated with the LGBT community.
And in fact, we feel it’s important to support the LGBT+ community, but we believe that the language that is being used today should reflect our unique identity.
And in the end, the conversation needs to start with us.
The message we’re trying to convey is that we feel our relationship has value and we are proud to be in this space.
We hope that people feel free, at some point, to feel like they can be themselves and not have to hide their identity.
But we are still going to have to make it clear that this is a place where we will not be judged.