The pummeling of couples’ capacity to
get by is steady. Debt is a constant
threat. David, forty-two, spent a year
living apart from his British partner,
Howie, thirty-seven. In that time, they
flew back and forth “about ten or eleven
times to see each other,” David recalls.
“We spent maybe $10,000 on travel. It
completely drained our finances. Each trip
was at least $400-$600 in airfare. It was
not something I could afford. But, even
though I should have, I didn’t really give
it a second thought. I put it on credit
cards—and I’m only now coming out of debt."
stories Human Rights Watch, Family
(photo: Human Rights