wmtc meets canadian hope

We finally met Tom and Emilio last night! Allan and I had dinner with Nick and Mason and the two new arrivals.

Things seem to be going well for them, apart from the usual annoying nonsense that seems inevitable with such a big move. They seem to feel really at home in Toronto - which is very easy to do. Listening to their experiences reminded me of those first few weeks, when I walked around amazed at how friendly everyone is.

I was really touched to hear Tom say that, for the first time in years, he's sleeping through the night - because he no longer has to worry his family being broken up, about Emilio being deported. Crossing the border brought me a tremendous sense of relief and peace, but I can only imagine the difference it makes to these men.

There are several more multinational same-sex couples following in Tom and Emilio's path - a path blazed by Gito and Juan. And since almost 11,000 Americans emigrated to Canada in 2006, we can assume there are even more who don't blog.

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On a more mundane note, this dinner brought us in to Leslieville, a Toronto neighbourhood we hadn't really seen yet. As a urban-transplant in suburbia, I'm slooowly adding to my knowledge of Toronto, increasing my options and my mental map when we come in "to town" (as they say out here). I love living in Mississauga, but part of its appeal is that Toronto is right down the street.


L-girl said...

They seem to feel really at home in Toronto

And from what we heard about New Year's Eve, they're very at home. ;-)

James said...

If many more same-sex couples move up here, we're gonna have to extend Pride to a full month! :)

West End Bound said...

Glad to see that all of you finally got to meet in reality vs. virtuality!

James: Works for us!! :)

Emilio said...

It was very nice to meet you guys. We hope to see you soon!

Mandi said...

L-girl, thanks for the plug, we think about Canada everyday, and we're always reading about it. We're so thankful to those couples who have decided to blog their journey and provide a window into the possible. We would be stuck in Russia until the laws change in the states, which I really have no hope for in my lifetime.

We hope to get to meet you in the future as well!

L-girl said...

Hi Mandi! Thanks for stopping by.

Good luck with everything!! We are all waiting for you here. :)