So yesterday, I opened "The Vancouver Sun," and I saw an ad for TD featuring a heterosexual couple. Looked great, as all TD's ads do, but, honestly, I missed seeing the ad from last week, featuring a gay, older couple on a street in an historic area of a city or town (see "Positive Images (Revised)," published on January 12, 2011).
But, this morning, I opened my newspaper again, and there, on A5, was another TD ad, taking up almost a full page, this one with another gay male couple on it, and not the same couple as last week.
The scene in this image is on a dock at a lake in front of a two-storey, white vacation home. In the background is a forest, and parked along the dock in the foreground is a fancy speed boat. On the dock is a handsome gay couple, a man in black and white stripped shorts and black Polo shirt, sitting in TD's iconic large, green, upholstered chair (I'll call him Ernie), and his partner sitting next to him on the arm of the chair, wearing Khaki shorts and a red and white checkered shirt (I'll call him Burt).
Anyway, if TD doesn't stop presenting all of these positive images in their newspaper ads, I might just get the idea being a gay male couple is as normal and natural in Canada in 2011 as has been the case for straight couples since the beginning of time (or at least since TD began advertising in big city newspapers). I'm not sure what would happen if the general population started to get that idea. Who knows where that could lead us.
Once again, I must commend TD for playing a major role in increasing the visibility of gay, older male couples in a positive and uplifting way. For all intents and purposes, Chris and I are the two men on that dock, and I'm thrilled we're shown in a way that's respectful, gives us our dignity as a same-sex couple, and demonstrates we're just like straight couples, in love with each other and sharing a life together.
I hope the caption at the top of the newspaper ad is prescient. It states in bold white letters:
Today: Dreaming the dream.
Someday: Living the dream.
I don't take this to mean only living the dream of owning a vacation home on a lake somewhere (which is not really Chris's and my dream anyway). More importantly, I take this to mean, today, we dream the dream of being an openly gay couple out in public, with no judgement brought to us. And, someday, that dream will be a full-blown reality.
Thanks again, TD. We love you for your support and commitment of gay people everywhere. Keep up the great work.
P.S.: The picture above is obviously not the one I describe in this post, but I love it, too.
(A couple of things:
1). TD, if you're listening, please consider presenting real gay couples in your ads, for the reason I specified in my earlier post about last week's ad; and
2). If you live in small-town Canada, please let me know if any of TD's same-sex ads appear in their branches or in your local newspapers. Thanks.)