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I'm a 30 year old single gay guy, born and raised in Massachusetts. I work full-time as a youth employment counselor, and part-time as a retail manager.
My first time meeting Van!
Photo taken at New World Stages after seeing Die Mommie Die for the third time on 1/5/2008. You can read about my trip here.
My second time meeting Van!
Taken after the closing performance of Die Mommie Die on 1/13/2008.
You can read about this trip here.
I couldn't take any pictures, but you can read about my third time meeting Van (and my first time meeting Jake and Tala) here.
2008 "As the World Turns" Fan Luncheon
Read my take on our fantastic chance to see Van, Jake, Tala and many others at the ATWT Fan Luncheon, and the even more amazing experience of having them join us at our after-party here.
"Taking Chances" by Celine Dion
My personal pick for "Luke and Noah's song"
Great music video made by twins following my request.
Favorite Van Pics
(That don't include physical contact between me and Van)
My "Support Luke & Noah in the Media" Week Letter
I'm writing to draw your attention to an entertainment issue that is important to me and that I think deserves wider attention. As a gay man, I was drawn into the storyline of Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer on As the World Turns. I was thrilled to see an important new type of soap story being told, helping a wider audience of Americans come to terms with the fact that gays and lesbians are a part of every community, and that their stories can fit into classic soap archetypes--young people falling in love, dreaming of romance, and working through trials and tribulations to find a way to persevere and be together.
For the most part, As the World Turns has done remarkable and commendable work with this storyline. They featured two kisses early in the story (both before Luke and Noah were even actually dating), and the writing around their romance has been superior to that of other storylines on the show, and on other daytime programs.
However, it has recently become clear that the show is backing away from allowing the young men to kiss. In a beautifully written Christmas episode, Luke and Noah expressed their love for one another while under mistletoe...and the camera panned away before their kiss could be shown. They did not kiss on New Year's Eve, as did many other couples on the show, and most glaringly, on the recent Valentine's Day episode, every straight couple featured in the episode shared a kiss...while Luke and Noah backed away from a kiss when someone almost saw them, and later shared a hug.
The show claims the storyline is moving forward at a slow pace, allowing the romance to grow. I don't have a problem with this. However, the two have already kissed on screen, and have talked about the fact that they continue to kiss, and are constantly interrupted when they are just about to kiss. This isn't a question of making hungry viewers wait to see a relationship milestone...the milestones have happened and continue to happen...but for over 150 days now, only off-screen. When Noah was engaged in a relationship with a female character before coming out, they kissed 16 times in less than three months together...including three times in one episode. Yet, after more than five months into Noah's relationship fans still wait for the couple's third on-screen kiss.
Maybe asking for equal treatment is a mistake...the straight characters on the show consistently engage in adulterous affairs, rarely know the paternity of their babies, frequently try to kill their romantic rivals, are often the victims of sexual assault and in the case of some of the women leave behind their professional lives or motherhood for sojourns into prostitution, pornography, and drug abuse. Still, if the straight characters can be shown engaged in such immorality, surely the show shouldn't be that gun shy about the occasional same-sex kiss?
This coming week on the show, the characters will be attacked, in part because of their sexuality. This will be the second time in this storyline where one of the boys is hospitalized because of a hate-crime...sadly matching the number of times they've been shown kissing. I would love to see the media explore the issue of why, in an era of increased visibility of gays and lesbians on reality shows, and scripted programs like Ugly Betty and Brothers and Sisters, daytime is still struggling with this issue. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Entertainment Weekly - March 14, 2008 issue:
My first (and thus far only) attempt at fanfic can be found here.
Latest page update: Dec 29 2008, 7:58 PM EST