Salutations, Gentle Reader,
Usually, I write my blogs in the morning; it’s just after 5 pm, I’m sipping cold green tea on the patio, and the Pomeranians are meandering about, pleased to enjoy some time outside on a pleasant fall afternoon. Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court against hearing appeals of Circuit Court decisions declaring the anti-same sex marriage laws of various states to be unconstitutional has caused quite the buzz. North Carolina is poised to join the ranks of the majority of states and honor the wishes of loving couples regardless of the gender of each who wish to be married. And what is NC’s Speaker of the House (and Republican candidate for US Senate) doing? Spending public funds in a desperate effort to prevent the inevitable.
Tomorrow is the annual national Coming Out Day. I have been fairly open about my sexuality since 2004, but I guess I blew the door off the hinges back in 2012. I was enduring a lot of personal challenges and decided that I just wasn’t going to deal with anything else. If people rejected me because of my orientation, then it was their loss. I had downloaded a copy of the soundtrack from La Cage Aux Folles and kept playing “I Am What I Am” over and over while on the subway. I can’t help it–I have it playing as I type this, and while I hope to be around for many years to come, when my time arrives to move on to the next existence, I hope a gay chorale will sing this at my memorial.
A delightful couple in Manhattan, Michael and Ethan, compose a blog called Vegan Mos. I was particularly moved by their latest entry–Coming Out Gay, Coming Out Vegan. I believe I shared with you earlier that one of my pleasant surprises about being back in Ayden, NC is that there is more acceptance of being gay than before. It ain’t NYC, but it’s better. What does draw blank or befuddled expressions is telling people I’m vegan. Most folks here just don’t understand adopting a compassionate lifestyle that respects the rights of all sentient beings and thereby not eating other animals or their secretions. I can’t wait until next Saturday when I encourage people to eat with compassion as they’re en route to the St. Timothy’s Lobster Fair. Talk about your misnomers. There’s not a damned thing fair about it to the lobsters. I received excellent advice from fellow vegan Matthew Sikora, who suggests to all that if they distinguish the rights of some animals to live free from worry of pain and suffering for the sake of the human palate, then they’ve already begun the journey to being vegan. Matthew is the one who suggested I read Eat Like You Care–excellent advice which I share with you as well.
Well, on to check to see if any rulings have been made for marriage equality in the Old North State and then to make a simple Tuscan white bean and kale soup. Peace. Namaste, Kumbaya!
Be kind to yourself. Be kind to the planet and the future. Cause no suffering. Go Vegan!
Gentle Reader: Literally, within minutes of publishing this blog, the news came in. Marriage Equality has arrived in NC! Huzzah!!!!