Whether you’re taken yourself or single by choice, it’s nice to see LGBT couples exemplify true love in our community.
We round-up 7 prominent couples in our community that make being in love look real wonderful and real good. In other words, these couples give us relationship goals.
Here are 7 LGBT couples we swoon over:
Janet Mock and Aaron Tredwell
Trans activist and author Janet Mock married her longtime beau Aaron Tredwell in November of 2016. She candidly opened up about their relationship and wedding, penning an essay for Brides.com.
Mock wrote, “After our third or fourth date, I anxiously sat across from Aaron in his apartment as I prepared to open up in a way I had never done before. Breathing in deeply, I said, ‘I have to tell you something.’ I shared the broad strokes of my unconventional girlhood, coming of age as a young trans woman.”
She continues: “I told him about knowing that I was different since I was a child, transitioning through the halls of my middle school and high school, and finally being seen and accepted as my most authentic self. I told him about landing in New York City as a 22-year-old grad student and yearning to be a journalist and tell stories that shifted culture. After I had nothing left to say, Aaron stepped toward me and asked if he could hug me.”
We’ve seen this couple IRL, and they are just as cute in person as they are in photographs.
Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef
We’re big fans of Ricky Martin’s hot-assed fiancé, Jwan Yosef. He’s handsome, an artist, has a quirky sense of humor and looks great naked. On Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM radio show, Martin revealed that he met Yosef via Instagram.
“I wrote to him,” Martin said, “and then we were talking for, like, six months, without me hearing his voice. And we talked about art, nothing sexy. (laughs) ‘For six months, nothing sexy??!‘ I swear. It was all about art and life in general and one day, he used to live in London, and I went to London and I met him. Game over.”
Martin says they’ve been dating for more than one year. Martin proposed and while they don’t have a wedding date yet, Martin would like a huge three-day wedding.
Daniel Franzese and Joseph Bradley Phillips
Last year, 38-year-old Mean Girls and Looking star Daniel Franzese got engaged to his boyfriend of over a year, Joseph Bradley Phillips.
Franzese popped the question in the Starbucks where they first met by handing the barista the engagement ring and having them call out “Mr. and Mr. Franzese” while handing the couple their coffees.
Phillips coffee looked and felt different than usual, and when he opened it he discovered the ring inside, at which point Franzese went down on one knee and said, “Since I first saw you here, you have opened your heart to me, and I vow to God that for the rest of my life to honor and protect that heart if you will be my husband. Will you marry me?”
How fetch is that?
RuPaul and Georges LeBar
At this year’s Time 100 Gala, RuPaul and husband Georges LeBar stepped onto the red carpet for the first time as a married couple and looked absolutely fierce doing it. Ru has always kept their relationship private, and he’s rarely seen in public with LeBar, who is a rancher based in Wyoming.
“I’ve never said this television before—we are married,” he said on Hollywood Today Live. “I met him on the dance floor at Limelight in 1994 on his birthday. We got married this year on the anniversary of when we met.”
“He doesn’t care about show business at all. He could care less,” he told the hosts. “Most of the time, he’s on the ranch in Wyoming. He has a 60,000-acre ranch—it’s in two states, it’s in South Dakota, too. When I go there, I dress up in Western wear and nobody cares.”
Arisce Wanzer and Laith Ashley
Rumors were swirling for a while about models Laith Ashley and Arisce Wanzer being together. The pair released a steamy video called Private Affair, where they just can’t seem to keep their hands off each other.
The two met last year on the set of Whoopi Goldberg’s reality TV show Strut, a series following the professional lives of a group of transgender models at the first-ever all trans modeling agency.
Both are outspoken members of our community, and we think their relationship will only strengthen their commitment to speaking up about the injustices that effect our trans sisters and brothers.
Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle Melton
Retired soccer star Abby Wambach got hitched to Glennon Doyle Melton, a “Christian Mommy Blogger,” according to a wedding photo the couple posted to Instagram back in May
Melton, the 41-year-old author of the New York Times best seller, Love Warrior, announced the good news via social media after re-sharing her partner’s photo of the two exchanging a kiss on their wedding day Sunday.
When I fell in love with Abby, I was scared. I thought that my fear might be bigger than my courage, and that because of that size difference, I might miss out on my chance at happiness. This was so painful. One day, I was talking to my dear friend Martha Beck. I told her that losing this love would be painful, but that I was used to learning from pain. And Martha said: “Honey. It’s true that God teaches us through pain. But it is also true that God tries to teach us through joy first. You can keep choosing heartbreak and pain, Glennon. But you can also choose joy. God can use that choice too. And I actually believe that God prefers to use joy to teach us.” And so, for once, I chose joy. I have lived a long while learning from pain and God, it’s been a good teacher. I’m forty one, now. And I’m graduating to joy. I choose joy. You can, too. First the pain. Then the rising. Your courage is bigger than your fear.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent invited viewers on their journey this past spring as they helped other families find their own design paradise.
In their new show for TLC, Nate & Jeremiah By Design, the husbands reinvented disastrous spaces for families who found themselves trapped by “money pit” renovations. Not only does the show follow Brent and Berkus as they help others, it also gives viewers a peek into their own personal family life and their new Los Angeles home.
“You can see that we’re just like you,” Brent says. “We both believe in opening up the doors and letting people know that we love the way you love. We eat dinner the way you eat dinner. Everything about us is the same, and as cliche as the saying is, love is love. That’s exactly what the show is about.”