This is a time for gratitude

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Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor Sam Martino

Editor’s Letter

Christmas is upon us again, it will never be like it used to be. During the Covid days I lost a few friends along the way. Not just people who died, but one who lied about being vaccinated and kissed my cheek. The other who was just a royal jerk. You probably know a few of those, as well. But, hey, it’s Christmas! Let’s celebrate.

Though I am not ready to pack my house with lots of people, I am ready to celebrate in a different way. I suspect things will never go back to how they were, but maybe it was time for a change, and the universe just forced our hand.

The one thing I am glad the people in New Jersey didn’t force, but almost did, was to get a new Governor. It was a close one, and seriously, Governor Phil Murphy is the Christmas present the Democrats don’t deserve. I say that because it’s obvious that so many of them sat this one out. If you sat this one out, I forgive you, because hey, It’s Christmas! And we won.

Post Covid days helped most of us realize the things we take for granted, and I do believe that some of us gained a next level of gratefulness. I know I did.

This holiday season we have a lot to be grateful for. In no order, I am grateful that I am alive and able to sit here and write to our readers and wish them well. I am also grateful for my wife/lover, who is always down for me, and the most beautiful and talented person I know. I am grateful for a roof over our heads that we get to share with a lovely, beautiful dog.

There are some people who aren’t as lucky, and who must deal with families that are hurtful, and transphobic or homophobic. In this issue we have an article, “9 Tips for Navigating the Holidays While Queer.” If you are queer and have to figure out the holidays because of your queerness, I suggest you read this article. Hopefully, it will help you get through easily. Honestly, that’s all anyone is trying to do after the hellacious 2020 we all had.

I hope you are blessed with health, happiness, and love

Which brings me to 2022. Yes, I know the time is flying by. I hope that 2022 will bring us all what we need. Because if you want it, and it doesn’t materialize, believe that it just was not meant for you. You and I know that there is divine intervention at play, and it’s always a blessing.

This coming year, I hope you are blessed with health, happiness, and love. Until we meet again in the new year, take care dear readers, and know that we are always and forever grateful for you!

Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and other publications. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.