Study Says Same Sex Marriages Are Happier Than Hetero Marriages
I read an article once on a romance book review blog that stated there was gender politics in gay male relationships. I’m not linking to it because I can’t stand the blog, or the blogger. However, it was a blog post written by a straight woman and the comment thread was a discussion by more straight women. It was amusing because non of them were gay men, and none even had the slightest clue about gay male marriages or gay male relationships. Oh, but those women knew everything there was to know about gay men. They were all Will and Grace experts.
With that said, this article is interesting because it claims stress levels tend to be lower in gay male marriages, and it mentions gender roles.
Study authors Michael A. Garcia and Debra Umberson suggest the disparity in satisfaction could have something to do with traditional gender roles. In a same-sex couple, duties that normally would be expected to be carried out by one gender or another get co-opted.
Here’s a link for more. I’m a gay man who’s been married to a man for over 25 years. From my own personal experience, I can tell you the gender politics is much different from what I’ve seen in hetero marriages. It’s a very good read.
Gay In Russia and “Love and Passion”
Here’s a link that talks about being gay in Russia, and specifically focuses on a gay couple named Jon and Alex who were photographed by a Danish photographer, Mads Nissen.
Members of the LGBT community in Russia say social stigma and risk of physical attacks have increased since the country approved the law banning ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.
You can read it all, here. There’s another link to an advice and information line, too.
And here’s a link to another story that goes into a great deal more about the portrait of Jon and Alex.
From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.
Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.