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    | New Orleans, LA, USA | Awesome Customers, Food & Drink, Top

    (A young gay couple has become my favorite regulars at the small restaurant where I work. One day as I am talking with them, an older, more conservative-looking man walks past us to the To-Go pickup area. He stops short next to us, and in the same moment, I see one of the young guys look down with a panicked expression at where he is holding his boyfriend’s hand.)

    Older Man: “James! I didn’t know you ate here!”

    James: *uncomfortable* “Oh yeah, um… it’s half way between work and my… boyfriend’s work, so.”

    Older Man: *glances at James’ boyfriend* “Oh.”

    (There is an awkward pause, where we all just stare at each other.)

    Older Man: “I’m sorry, I’m being rude.” *offers his hand to James’ boyfriend* “I’m Mike, James’s boss. Very nice to meet you. We all love James in the office.”

    James’ Boyfriend: “Oh! Nice to meet you too! You know, James is always talking about how much he looks up to you.”

    (James is so visibly relieved that he is near tears. The three makes some more small talk before the older man heads off to pick up his lunch. I end up taking his payment and he quietly asks me to pay for James and his boyfriend’s meal as well.)

    Older Man: “You know… when I was growing up, I was taught that being gay was bad, a sin. But that young man is the brightest kid I’ve ever known, and I can’t see a d*** thing wrong with him…” *pauses* “…or his boyfriend.”

    (He smiles at me and then walks away without another word. To this day, I can’t think about the look on James’s face when I told him that his boss paid for his nearly $100 meal without wanting to cry.)