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Feb. 20, 2014: “Your Husband”

February 21, 2014

Mara and I both heard “your husband” today. I was talking to a contractor about window replacements, and he asked how long my husband and I have lived in the house. I told him there are two women living here. He said no problem and went on talking about the windows. Mara went to lunch with a colleague who didn’t know she is trans, and the colleague asked her about her husband. So Mara came out to her. She had no problem, either.

Interesting in this day and age, with the tide moving toward acceptance of the LGBT community, that people — even those who are accepting — still assume that whoever they’re talking to is heterosexual. Just an observation. I think it’s just a matter of time before most people, especially those in more progressive areas (read: urban) start using words like “partner” and “spouse” if they don’t know whether or not someone is in a heterosexual relationship. For now, though, it’s understandable that people would err toward assuming someone is straight, lest that someone, if he or she is straight, be offended at being assumed otherwise.

 

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