For Half of a Century, Love Endures

Long-time Brooklyn couple considers nuptials  as marriage equality act takes effect in New York State

By C. Zawadi Morris

(C.Zawadi.Morris@patch.com)

On the eve of same-sex marriage equality in New York State, nearly five-decades of love has endured for one Brooklyn couple.

“It’s about time!” Jean Rowe and Thelma Simmons of East Flatbush say simultaneously. Often finishing each other’s sentences, it’s clear these women have known each other a very long time—49 years and eight months, to be exact. But who’s counting?

Jean is in her 70s and Thelma is 82. They are both African-American women. They have a gentle nature but possess subtle personality differences that clearly complement each other.

Their love took root while they were in their late 20s and early 30s, and together, over the past fifty years, they have seen the world change: They’ve watched economies bottom out and rise again and wars start and stop.

So many social and political revolutions have happened as they went about their lives during a time when it was unheard of for gay couples to be out about their relationship, much less consider same-sex marriage.

Click this link to read full article:

For Half of a Century, Love Endures – Bed-Stuy, NY Patch.

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About griotcircle

GRIOT Circle is an intergenerational and culturally diverse community-based social service organization responsive to the realities of older lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, two-spirit and transgender people (LGBTST) of all colors. The Brooklyn-based non-profit was founded in 1996 by Regina Shavers to promote healthy living and sustainability, and support the unique social services needs of the LGBTST elders community in New York.

Posted on August 4, 2011, in Family & Friends, Healthy + Happy, Inspire Someone, My Gay Lifestyle, My Lesbian Lifestyle, Our Rich Legacy, Pride & Politics, Retired & Living, Taking the Lead and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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