So its Christmas Eve, a few scant hours before Santa himself will fictionally slide down your chimneys and leave you presents that your parents/partners actually bought for you. Sorry, children, but seriously, you should be in bed, willing yourself to sleep with futile effort. I hope you get whatever piece of plastic crap you really wanted this year. Anyways, I really hope y’all have a good one.
I’ll not be sorry to see the back of 2011, though there were triumphs, every step forward seemed to be followed by two backward. Such is the nature of life. But, it is the time for gift giving. So here’s my gift to you, a story you may have missed, but nonetheless should know about. Ever since America abandoned its foolish and unnecessary ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, last September there has been massive upheaval to America’s militar… hahaha! No! While everything has changed for gay and lesbian military personnel, it has had no noticeable effect on anything, because, c’mon, who cares? Oh yeah, religious and bigoted weirdos. And it’s really nice that America has joined the 21st Century along with other nations who allow homosexuals to serve openly. Nations such as my own United Kingdom (who changed the law in 2000, allowing me a full decade of feeling smug), also Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Belgium, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philipines, Romania, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,Switzerland and Thailand. Just a few, y’know.
The reason I’m bring all of this up now is because of Marissa Gaeta, petty officer 2nd class of Placerville, California, who was chosen for the traditional first kiss after her ship, the USS Oak Hill returned to port. So here’s a lovely picture of Miss Gaeta kissing her girlfriend Citlalic Snell, also a naval officer, of Los Angeles, in the rain at Virginia Beach. And what could be more Christmas than celebrating two people, finally allowed to express their love without fear?
I think David Bauer, commanding officer of the USS Oak Hill, said it best;
“It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on,”
Truly, love, does conquer all.
MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HANNUKAH/KWANZAA/WINTER SOLSTICE/GURATHAR’S ASCENTION!!