Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit secretly traveled to India in order to care for infant twins born to the surrogate mother of a gay palace employee unable to get a travel visa, the palace said on Monday. Armed with a diplomatic passport that granted her immediate access, the future queen jumped on a plane in late October when the employee, who is also a friend, and his husband were unable to travel to care for their newborns. "For me, this is about two babies lying alone in a New Delhi hospital," Mette-Marit said in a statement. "I was able to travel and wanted to do what I could." She did not alert Indian authorities and spent several days with the babies at the Manav Medicare Centre, where staff assumed the wife of Norway's Crown Prince Haakon was a nanny. While the princess was away, her name continued to appear in the official palace calendar and her absence from a parliamentary dinner was not explained.
This one is a "Savage Love" reader:
I recently noticed a good friend of mine from high school came out on his Facebook page. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but when I was in high school I was ignorant and homophobic for all of the reasons a young man in the 80's and raised strictly Catholic were. I started to recall all of the hateful things I had mentioned while he was around and felt that I had to apologize for my former self. It wasn't long after moving away from middle earth and to Pittsburgh that I became aware that I was shallow and hadn't realized how very non threatening LGBT people were to straights. Anyway, he seemed very pleased with my apology even though I know it was more for me to clear my conscience than to make him feel good. I'm not telling you something you aren't aware of, but I'm a much better person since I've become aware of the real world. It gets better for us straight people too.—Matt S.