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Marathon Love: Before it was Legal, Cheril & Monica had a Fairytale Wedding

Monica and Cheril say communication is key to their longevity.

Monica and Cheril say communication is key to their longevity.

On November 13 Cheril and Monica will celebrate 11 years together as a couple. Ever since meeting, the mid-30s couple who live in New Jersey, have been enjoying an adventure-filled life together. They share their love story below:

Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): How did you meet?

Cheril and Monica: We met at the LGBT Center in New York City. It was an event for African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change. Cheril approached Monica after she (Cheril) finished performing. She was a part of the evening’s entertainment.

BL3: What do you love about each other?

Cheril and Monica: We love how easy it is to communicate because that’s really the foundation of everything. Our willingness to talk about everything keeps us connected and in love.

BL3: When did you first know you were in love with each other? Who said the words first?

Cheril and Monica: We fell in love after about three months. Monica said the words first. 🙂

BL3: How did your families first react to your relationship?

Cheril and Monica: Both of our families were supportive for the most part. There was one or two people on each side who had difficulty accepting our relationship, but over the last decade we have smoothed things out with everyone. They’re all supportive now!

BL3: Are you religious?

Cheril and Monica: We are not, but we are both spiritual and recognize our connection with everything in the universe.

See the gorgeous  pictures from their wedding on the next page!

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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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  1. Withlove, Tania

    I love their blog ! I saw them a few months back and I thought they were a beautiful couple.

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