Our Stories

Stephen & CharlieStephen & Charlie

Charlie and I live in Los Angeles City. We met 5 years ago at Charlie’s birthday party. Our relationship solidified quickly and we moved in together 6 months after we first met.

Arthur & YoungArthur & Young

One could say Arthur Dong and Young Gee have been making music since the day they first met. They met on February 11, 1978, in Berkeley at a Chinese music concert with the Flowing Stream Ensemble. Both passionate about their culture, they were both taking Chinese music lessons separately with ensemble co-director, Shirley Wong, who thought they’d be a good match. She schemed to get the two together and, pretty soon, they fell in love.

Sab & SteveSab & Steve

My name is Steve Alden Nelson and I’m married to Sab Shimono. Being that he’s the actor in the family, and I’m a writer, I’ve taken on the happy task of telling our story. (But Sab is a great editor, so it’s really a team effort).

Harold & EllenHarold & Ellen

Twenty years ago, our then 20-year old daughter Valerie told us she was gay. As sansei from Hawaii, raised in a socially conservative Japanese American culture, Valerie’s announcement devastated us. At that time, we were woefully ignorant on issues of sexual orientation, including that being gay is not a choice. As part of that ignorance, we were saddened that we would never see our daughter get married or have a family.

George Takei & Brad AltmanGeorge Takei & Brad Altman

With a splash of Broadway and “Star Trek,” George Takei married Brad Alt­man, declaring themselves partners for life in a moving ceremony at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo on Sunday.

Vivien HaoVivien Hao

As some of you know, I have been volunteering with the No on 8 Campaign for several months. Starting from early spring, when we were trying to keep the initiative from even qualifying for the ballot, I have put in hundreds of volunteer hours in phone banking, petition gathering, letter writing, organizing press conferences, and giving spokesperson workshops around the state.

Curtis & JeffCurtis & Jeff

Jeff Kim and Curtis Chin, partners of 14 years, were featured in an article in the May 2008 issue of KoreAm Journal, a monthly Korean American magazine. Titled the The Right to Say, “I Do”, the story also spoke with other Korean Americans in same-sex relationships who made their case for marriage as a legal right.

Tim & LarryTim & Larry

My name is Tim Ky and I’m 45 years old. I’m Chinese-American but I was born in Vietnam. My husband’s name is Larry Riesenbach and he’s 48 years old. He was born in southern New Jersey but has lived in SoCal for more than 20 years. We’ve been together for more than 11 years and are currently raising our 6 year old son in South Pasadena, California.

Thanh & AndrewThanh & Andrew

I have been “married” three times.

Each time, to the same person.

Stuart & JohnStuart & John

My husband John and I are newlyweds after 21 years together – happily married since our wedding this June. Exchanging vows surrounded by our family and friends was one of the happiest moments of our lives. Having my parents witness a second generation in our family attain the freedom to marry was especially meaningful, because of their experiences as an interracial couple.
My husband John and I are newlyweds after 21 years together – happily married since our wedding this June. Exchanging vows surrounded by our family and friends was one of the happiest moments of our lives. Having my parents witness a second generation in our family attain the freedom to marry was especially meaningful, because of their experiences as an interracial couple.

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