NBC BLK last week shared the awww-worthy stories of three black couples in which one or both members are trans, shedding light on love at the intersections of race and gender, sexuality, and race.
The video below features three remarkable couples: trans man (and father-to-be) Tiq Milan and his queer, cisgender (nontrans) wife; trans writers Olympia Perez and Sasha Alexander, who met at a poetry literary event called Black Trans Love Is Wealth; and Janay and her husband Shawn, who identifies as a "man of trans experience."
Each of the couples gets cuddly and a little doe-eyed telling the stories of how they met, expressing that universal joy of meeting the person who, as Janay describes, "gets you, who loves you, who honors you."
Then Tiq Milan, a GLAAD spokesman, captures why this love is special for trans people.
"My mother's biggest fear was that no one was going to love me. ... And I think that idea's commonplace: that transgender people aren't going to be loved," he says, explaining that a lot of trans people do face isolation and familial rejection. "So when this does happen, it is a revolutionary act. It's countering this dominant narrative that there's a pathology with transgender people. It shows we are happy and healthy and deserving of love."
Sasha Alexander, who runs Black Trans Media with Olympia Perez, also explains how being in a partnership with another black trans person helps him continue to resist marginalization. "Even myself being very active, I can even become very passive to the injustice that I face on a daily basis, but Olympia speaks up and knows unapologetically that now, now, now is always the moment to [resist] in a way that's beautiful," he shares with a smile.