One Human Family

The wife and I just recently returned from a fabulous trip to Key West. We went last year for our honeymoon and just had to return! The one and only place we will ever stay is Alexander’s Guesthouse. It’s a gay-owned bed & breakfast. The staff are so friendly that we literally felt like it is a second home.

This trip, we had serious vacation withdrawal. We’ve never felt more comfortable anywhere… even in our home state.

This is largly in part to the official motto of Key West – “One Human Family.” I spotted these stickers at practically every bar and throughout the city. It’s as if the whole town is making sure you know that they are welcoming to all types of families. This goes so far beyond tolerance, and it’s what we really deserve.

Every person we encountered talked to us like we were a couple – instead of getting that weird “are they so close because they’re sisters?” vibe from some strangers. No one gave us a second glance when I was holding on to Rose’s back on our rental scooter – unless of course to admire how awesome we looked. We don’t get a ton of dirty looks at home, but we most certainly have experienced them. In Key West, no one is an outcast except those that are judgemental. I’m actually serious about this. There really is a place where I can kiss my wife in public and feel EXACTLY like any other couple.

Here is a highlight from the One Human Family proclamation (as signed by the Mayor), just to give you an idea of what it really is like there:

Key West is an enlightened island community that is passionate about all living together as caring, sharing neighbors; and that each of us are dedicated to making our home as close to “paradise” as we can… We truly believe that all other people are our equals.”

 One of my favorite parts about the One Human Family proclamation is that the stickers are totally FREE! I love anything with a good message that I don’t have to pay for. In fact, I got one from a drag queen during her performance at one of the local shows. I shall treasure it always.