There are rave reviews for When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color, the new book by Atlanta-based blogger and activist Darian Aaron. The book profiles 18 Black same sex couples who are in long-term relationships. It is based on the popular "Coupled Up" series at LOLDarian.
"I was frequently frustrated with the images I saw. I never saw a couple that looked like Joe and me," he said of his boyfriend. "When I did see an African American man, he was paired with a white guy. And I wanted to see healthy examples of our relationships. ... I wanted people to have some role models to look up to," he adds. "And one thing I learned is that we are in long-term relationships. They are making it work."
Aaron said he knew long-term relationships for black gay couples was attainable — he has friends who represent this very well. "But for some reason they are not in magazines. We are kind of sight unseen."
Darian expands on the inspiration behind When Love Takes Over in a new interview with Lonnell Williams, host of the popular 3LWTV vlog. "The book gives visibility and a voice to those because we don't see them in the mainstream press," says the author. "We don't even see them in the LGBT press. And I really wanted to provide a platform for Black gay men in long term relationships."
The couples profiled include Seanmichael Rodgers and Damien Ramsey aka singer-songwriter Dy'Ari—seen on the cover—first seen on R20 at the National Equality March and later in AOL/BlackVoices. Seanmichael and Damien were joined in a beautiful wedding ceremony in New York City in March 2010.
Bravo and congratulations to Darian Aaron. And a personal thank you for the acknowledgment in the book.
Watch the interview with Darian and Lonnell AFTER THE JUMP ...