I am very proud to be Christie’s partner. The love and support I get from this wonderful person is a great comfort. It is a wonderful feeling, knowing that there will always be someone there for me. Given that we have been in a stable, loving relationship for well over 20 years, it will not be a surprise that we both earnestly want to get married. Yet at this point in time we are prevented from doing so. Currently we could only get married by denying Christie’s non-gendered identity. Neither of us are prepared to do so.
The previous Tory led UK government were responsible for the now notorious Trans Equality Action Plan, and for the implementation of legislation that was originally Civil Marriage. The latter eventually became Same Sex Marriage, though it has been also referred to (incorrectly) as Equal Marriage. The Liberal Democrat party betrayed their liberal principles. So called gender inequality within the royal family was tackled with great gusto. This got a lot of attention, but was hardly a priority. Yet the human rights of a vulnerable minority were ignored. I may well vote Liberal Democrat again in the future, but I am no longer a member of that party.
I remain at heart an optimist. I believe that one day we will be able to get married. If we have to relocate to another country in order to achieve that, then so be it. My relationship is more important than anything else, and certainly my country just happens to be where I was born.
The death of David Bowie in January came as a great shock. He was such an iconic figure for both of us. I have always loved his music. I could not choose a favourite album, but Station to Station has always been for me one of the best. As our anniversary approaches, this song suits my mood just right. The lyrics are spot on.