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Black Lesbians Give Thanks for the Freedom to Love

The holidays are a great time to reflect and count our blessings. It’s easy to focus on all the crap that life throws at us, but sometimes if we stop and think we can often find plenty to be grateful for. One of the things I’m most grateful for is simply, love. These black, lesbian couples below were featured on the Freedom to Marry website, agree. Check out their sweet musings on gratitude:

Sade & Nic McNizzi 

Sade and Nic McNizz live in New York.

Sade and Nic McNizz live in New York.

“This year we are giving thanks for each other and our amazing family and friends,” Nic said, reflecting on her wedding to the love of her life, Sade. “We are also grateful for the freedom to marry and the recognition of our marriage by the U.S. military. We are thankful that our military service no longer requires that we sacrifice our identity. We are honored to serve and to have our marriage treated with the same validity as other military families.”

Monique & Jeannie Jones 

Monique and Jeanie Jones and their family live in Minnesota.

Monique and Jeanie Jones and their family live in Minnesota.

Earlier this year, Monique and Jeannie married in their home state of Minnesota, and they shared their beautiful, moving wedding video with us. Watch the video here. “This year my family is thankful for the fact that we were able to get married and have our marriage be recognized in our home state – a state that allowed us to protect our children and thrive without prejudice,” Jeannie, who lives in Farmington with her family, said. “We pray that we will soon live in a coutry where every couple can share that.”

Judy & Collista Shae Mahone  


Judy and Collista Shae Mahone and children live in Arkansas.

Judy and Collista Shae Mahone and children live in Arkansas.

In May, in the days following the historic ruling from Arkansas Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, Collista and Judy were one of the more than 500 same-sex couples who at last were able to legally marry in their home state of Arkansas. “I am so thankful for Judy,” Collista, who lives in Fayetville, said this year. “I am thankful that we married in May, and I’m looking forward to our wedding in April 2015!”

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Zamara Perri

Zamara Perri is the founder and editor of the Black Lesbian Love Lab blog. She loves black love and loves mangoes, cats, reading, cooking and writing about some of the challenges and joys of black lesbian relationships.

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