For labor day weekend Darren and I drive up to Provincetown to camp with Todd and his boyfriend. Not realizing it was the gay vacation destination of New England, I was surprised when we arrived that there were so many rainbow flags everywhere. Being that I kinda hate the rainbow being the gay symbol my insides seemed to cring a little. However, as the weekend rolled on I was impressed with the family oreinted culture. I had never seen soany gay and lesbian couples with families. The couple in the campsite next to us had a 5 year old son, 14 year old daughter and a 16 year old son. Watching them interact and play catch made me realize how normal they were.
The trip was good for me for many reasons. 1) it helped me see the rainbow as not simply a symbol of crazy pride parades–it’s a symbol of embracing diversity. 2) exposed me to a large number if gay families, helping see how many healthy loving ones there are in the world. 3) allowed me to watch a community where no divide exsisted between gay and straight; families of all types interacted, and coohabitated.
–Uptown 6 Train–
Wanting to escape for some one-on-one time Darren and I headed to a B&B in Williamsburg MA for 4th of July weekend. The house overlooked acres of lightly forested hillis. The host Carrol was delightful.
The town had a lot of history, veggie eating options and small locally owned shops. But what was surprising to me was how gay friendly the community was. Being a small farm town I expected it to be a little hostile but it was quit the opposite. Multiple churches had small rainbow flags outside of them. We found out the mayor was gay. And people didn’t even look twice when we held hands. Yet it still had a small town country feel.
It was extremely comforting to know that when I’m ready to leave the chaos if the big city someday that there will be safe places to move my family.