Individuals, Couples, and Social Networks
Chapter One. Introduction
Althought members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community in the United States may be thought of by many as leading untradiational lifestyles, the community does have traditions. One such tradition is that the GLBT pride parade is lead by the raucous Dykes on Bikes contingent in any given community. The Boston GLBT Pride parade in June 2004 started off in the traditional way: the waiting crowds lining the city streets and waving rainbow flags cheered as the celebratory sounds of roaring motorcycles approached them. The riders were rolling up the street with one bike leading the pack. The roars of the motorcycles were deafening, but the sight of the leading rider was causing the crowd’s cheer to rise above the noise of the bikes. The woman driving that first motorcycle smiled broadly, as did the passenger of the bike’s sidecar: another woman holding a “Just Married!” sign and the couple’s young child. That lead motorcycle didn’t just signal the beginning of that year’s Pride parade, it signaled the beginning of a new relatonal context for GLBT people, same-sex couples, and their social networks.
When those crowds were gathered in Boston for GBLT pride in June 2004, legally recognized same-sex marriages in the United States had only been available since the previous month and were only available in Massachusetts. Same-sex marriage was recognized in Massachusetts when on November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) declared that it could find no “constitutionally adequate reason for...
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