Essence Magazine has broken new ground and is leading the way with regards to diversity by profiling the wedding of lesbian couple Aisha Mills and Danielle Moodie in their Bridal Bliss section on Essence.com.
The Black women's magazine partnered with GLAAD in an effort to raise the visibility of same gender loving people of color in their publication.
Aisha and Danielle met at a mutual friend's apartment in Washington D.C. They sat together in the bay window talking, instantly fell in love, and have been inseparable ever since. Six years later, Aisha and Danielle became one of the first same-sex couples to file for a marriage license in the nation's capital. The ladies tied the knot in a glamorous garden wedding at Old Westbury Gardens in New York.
"Essence has a history of covering the LBGT community and the inclusion of Aisha and Danielle's wedding in our Bridal Bliss feature is a natural extension of that commitment," said Essence.com Managing Editor Emil Wilbekin. "The Moodie-Mills’ are a wonderful couple with a beautiful love story, and Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity."
Congrats to the beautiful couple and to Essence for showing all facets of love within the black community! Let's hope their sister publications will follow in their footsteps.
Check out a 37 page slide show of the Mills-Moodie affair at Essence.com.
You may also be interested in an AOL Black Voice's first featuring black gay couple Damien and Seanmichael Rodgers written by yours truly here.