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Adorable Teen Couple: Soccer Player Dances With Homecoming King

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Michael and Jem

A gay teen soccer player in West Virginia came out with his boyfriend, the Homecoming King, at the high school dance.

Outsports reports:

It was something I thought I’d never do — dance a slow dance with the homecoming king at his high school. I am an 18-year-old senior all-state high school soccer goalie for Musselman High School in West Virginia. I also have been on the school’s football, tennis and swim teams. And I am openly gay. Growing up in rural West Virginia, it’s not the easiest place to be a gay teenager and it took me a long time to come out to myself and others.

Yet there we were, Jem and I, on an October night this fall, slow dancing with each other. We attend schools in different counties and met through friends and I was thrilled that he asked me to his dance so we could be together. He was wearing his gray vest and pink bow tie while I had on my black shirt with a gold tie. We danced to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, which was a perfect song for my first dance with a guy.

We both started the dance with our female friends who were our “dates.” The final song came on and Jem and I danced for a brief time. It was my first school event where I was with another guy, even though we came to the dance separately. I held his hand when we went to get refreshments and when we took breaks from dancing. It was a weird feeling for me, since I had just barely started coming out. I was nervous yet excited. After the dance we went to his house. That is where I asked him to be my boyfriend. I posed the question by writing it on the dry erase board on his wall. He quickly said yes.

This story was just too adorable not to share – read the whole thing. This is why we fight.

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Michael Sam Drafted, Kisses Boyfriend on National TV

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Michael Sam Kisses Boyfriend

This is nothing short of amazing – Sam gets picked in the draft, and then the whole world sees an NFL player kiss his boyfriend on TV

Queerty reports:

College football star Michael Sam became the first openly gay athlete to be drafted by a professional sports team today, when the St. Louis Rams selected him number 249 in the 7th round of the National Football League draft. Sam, a defensive lineman, joins basketball player Jason Collins–who played with the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets with great success this season-in reaching a historic pro sports milestone this year. Sam shared tears of joy-and several beautiful kisses-with his boyfriend upon the learning of the news via a phone call from the Rams while at home with family and friends.

It’s really a new world out there.

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Boyfriends, Husbands, And The ‘Partners’ In Between

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Tyler CurryAs a part of the Will & Grace generation, it has been my pleasure to witness the evolution of gay couples in the context of public opinion. From the oversexed stereotypes on Queer as Folk to the Disney-like caricatures on The New Normal, our televisions have been speckled with a variety of examples of what a gay relationship looks like. No matter how cliche our TV stand-ins may be, they have relaxed much of the tension between the homo population and our hetero peers. But there is one term that should have been left in a rerun of the past that continues to get airplay today. In lieu of boyfriend, fiance, or husband, gay and straight people alike continue to use the word, partner, to reference a homosexual bond.

So why should “partner” be placed in a time capsule? It’s simple.

“Partner” is a vague term that gay people began using decades ago to reference their significant other without making their heterosexual company uncomfortable (or, at least, less uncomfortable). It was a way for homosexuals to speak freely without using the general terms that defined straight relationships, partly because boyfriend sounded silly and husband seemed to offend, nor could it be accurate in most cases. Who knows whether the term originated from the mouth of a straight or a gay because, regardless, it stuck like a son-of-a-bitch.

Even after we’ve systemically scrapped the idea of a civil union and instead demand full marriage equality, we still continue to use this ambiguous term to refer to our one and only. That may be because there is a significant group of men and women who are safely past the point of a normal engagement but still seek a more reputable title for their relationship. Most gay men feel like “partner” gives their union more validity and maturity than the term “boyfriend” ever could. And most would agree. Calling a man that you have been with for 10 or 15 years your boyfriend does sound a little juvenile.

Authored By Tyler Curry – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Are We Partners, or…? What’s in a Word

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

I’ve called my boyfriend many things since he strolled into our first date almost six years ago. Late, first of all. He went to the wrong restaurant. But after that, dreamy. Next was friend, both with and without benefits. Lover, though usually in a funny kind of way, because that’s too cheesecake. Jerk. (I have a temper.)

I’ve called him a slew of nicknames that’d make Cupid giggle (or ralph, depending on his own marital status at the moment) – and I’ve even called him my husband. Y’know, ring and legality aside. We can’t get married, but maybe soon we can join the military and defend the country which denies us this basic right – and even “admit” that we’re gay! Go progress.

But one thing I’ve never called my boyfriend – well, other than punctual – is partner.

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