Well I'm no gay marriage crusader or loud-voiced advocate; I've never been to a rally in my life. But it doesn't mean I don't stand for what I'm passionate about. I may not be sure of gay marriage in my own circumstance, peering over to a lady in a matching white dress brings a grin to my face that indeed could dissolve into serious laughter if it were to ever come true. But that's not to say I believe that for those who want to marry, gay or straight, they should have the privilege to do so. And one day perhaps I'll stand straight-faced through my own ceremony- at least for the serious bits.
So, this book isn't about pushing a cause, or making racket in a space that's already noisy, it's about getting back to basics. It's about getting back to the most fundamental thing that binds us. And that's love. It's often overlooked when labels come into play, differences are highlighted and laws are squabbled over. As far as I see it, at the end of the day, two people simply want to share their love.
Labels are Gay is a celebration of this love that can be found tucked away in all kinds of places. From page to page, you'll see it shining through. It's the care shown to another during times of sickness (or extreme man flu), it's zipping through the city streets on a scooter high on the thrill of life together or simply sitting on a park bench realising the person beside you makes the world a shiny, beautiful place.
The book has an enormous journey ahead. She plans to travel far and reach many. Her message of love, although light-hearted in appearance is steadfast in the face of challenges specific to the gay community. Unfortunately youth suicide, prejudice and continuing hardship is very much alive for many in today's society. It's this book's job to instil a sense of compassion and bring us closer through non-judging acceptance.