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Famous LGBTQ+ Interracial Couples

by Judy Bokao

Love is one of those beautiful things we choose to acknowledge and appreciate almost every day of our lives. It is hard to believe that before 1967, it was illegal for a white person to marry, cohabit or have a sexual relationship with a black person or a member of any other race. Luckily, the Supreme Court abolished these law and deemed it unconstitutional. It was also on June 26, 2015 that the Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriages and legalized it in all fifty states. This shows how the times are changing and hopefully we will get to a time where there will be no stigma or discrimination about same-sex relationships and interracial couples. Today we are celebrating love because love is not a color, character is not a shade of skin. We love people for the beautiful essence of their souls not their race.

Wanda and Alex Sykes

The couple first met in 2006, and according to Wanda there was an instant connection between them. They later tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in 2008 and they have two beautiful children. Wanda has previously said that the road to finding true love for her was not easy — especially because of her sexual orientation — but with Alex it was worth it. The couple is now on their way to their twelfth wedding anniversary and have managed to keep their marriage strong and private.

RuPaul Charles and Georges LeBar

This golden couple has been together since 1994 and have been giving us #COUPLEGOALS vibes for more than 25 years. RuPaul and LeBar met in a New York City nightclub and RuPaul said that he had zero doubt that they were meant to be. In 2017, the couple got married in a private ceremony to commemorate their 23rd anniversary of their first meeting. The couple has openly spoken on the secret to their relationship being their unfaltering devotion to one another and finding what works for both of them by being honest to who they are.

Raven Symone and Miranda Pearman-Maday

The world was taken by surprise this month when Raven took to Instagram to announce that she had tied the knot. Most people were not even aware that the couple was engaged. It was a good surprise since many people have had to cancel their wedding due to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to close friends of the former Disney star, she seems much happier and excited to start a new life as a married couple. Hopefully the young couple will have a beautiful happy future.

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign

The couple first met in 2005 after mutual friends set them up on a blind date. They have been dating for the past fifteen years and have managed to keep their relationship private. In her memoir, Robin acknowledges the tremendous love and support Laign showed her when she was battling with her cancer and other health-related struggles. Even though the couple has not tied the knot, they remain very much in love and supportive of each other.

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli

The pair met on the set of Orange Is The New Black and Samira admits that she was attracted to Lauren’s mind first before even meeting her. Before dating, the couple decided to go on a journey of self-exploration together. In the end, they ended up falling in love and the rest is history as they say. They went on to tie the knot in a beautiful wedding ceremony in October 2016. Samira also won the Making a Difference award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation last year.

Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone

After 20 years together, the couple tied the knot in 2011 in a beautiful private ceremony. The couple have managed to keep their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public, but the talented twosome continue to work on different projects together. They really balance each other out and continue to inspire us with their love story.

In the end, these couples prove to us that love knows no race. Interracial love is beautiful and it is not in our place to judge or question it. We all should put whatever differences we have and let ourselves be free to follow our hearts.

About the Author:

Judy Bokao is 20 years old and was born in Ethiopia but relocated to Nairobi two years ago. She is passionate about everyone having equal rights and is also big on conservation and speaking up for our planet. Judy loves reading and photography and is just a free-spirited young lady trying to grow into a woman her mom can be proud of.

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