Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Apartment hunting

Apartment hunting, as a same-sex couple, in a city with a small-town mentality is interesting. We got a strange look from one landlord, but honestly, I think maybe she thought I was looking for an apartment just for me at first. When I mentioned "WE" work 2nd shift, I think she started to catch the drift and gave us a wary look. At the other complex we looked into today, there was anti-discrimination literature posted all over the wall as soon as you walk into the office. None of it specifically pertained to orientation, but some of it did mention both marital status and familial status.

We're looking at a town of about 34,000 - much bigger than where I grew up, but smaller than where I'm living now. A town where there are very, very, very few non-white families. A town where it's still considered "ok" to openly disparage those of another skin color - something that most of the country gave up (at least for the most part) years and years ago. That's a fight that took decades, and in our backwater town, the fight still needs to be fought. The younger movement of GLBT rights may be too much for our small city to handle just yet.

Still, neither of the apartment communities we toured today were openly hostile. That's something!

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Mindi said...

Glad to see you're back to blogging! People can be so stupid with their ideas of how people should be living their lives. Same sex or not in some instances. Good luck with your search!

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Mindi said...

Oh boy, I think you let yourself in for something here! May need a filter of some kind, huh?

Mindi said...

Oh boy, I think you let yourself in for something here! May need a filter of some kind, huh?

ideasinforum said...

That's sucky. I'm sorry to hear about this. Small-town mentality can be a big drag. I'm glad that it didn't stop you!