Helena, 40, and Dara, 43, moved from New York to Philadelphia in the fall of 2011 because they were hoping to have children and wanted to be closer to their families. Helena and Dara's dream to start a family came true on May 28, 2013, when Helena gave birth to their daughter, Zivah.
Sandy Ferlanie, 45, and Christine Donato, 44, have been together in a committed relationship for 17 years. Christine has lived in Pennsylvania her entire life, and Sandy has lived in Pennsylvania since she was 11. Sandy is a trained nurse and works on drug safety at a pharmaceutical company, and Christine is a consultant for pharmaceutical companies.
Born and bred Pennsylvanians, Ed, 67, grew up near Pittsburgh and David, 65, grew up outside of Wilkes-Barre in Trucksville. They've been together for almost 25 years and are planning a big party to celebrate their silver anniversary soon.
When Michael Wascovich and Glenn Crook got engaged while both were still in college, their friends and family members asked if they were sure it was the right thing to do: Were they really in love? Were they ready to make such a big commitment when they were so young? Shouldn't they wait a little longer?
Maureen lived with the love of her life, Mary Beth McIntyre, from 1984 until Mary Beth's death on May 18, 2013, at the age of 55. Both life-long Philadelphians, Maureen and Mary Beth raised three children together: Maureen's son from a previous relationship, and Mary Beth's niece and nephew, whose mother died when they were young. And they became grandmothers to three grandchildren, now 19, 9, and 8 – with a fourth due in July 2013.
Marla, 54, and Julia, 58, met when they were in Army basic training together in 1983 and started dating a couple of years later. Julia was discharged during basic training after her superiors learned of her sexual orientation. Military policy at the time barred lesbians and gay men from serving. "It was a huge blow to my commitment to serving our country. It was as if my service was not respected," Julia said. "I just wanted to be authentic to myself and my love."
Ron and Greg met in the summer of 1994. Ron, 60, teaches actuarial science at Penn State University and Greg, 56, is an acupuncturist in private practice. They moved to Pennsylvania when Ron started working at Penn State five years ago.
Angela and Gail met at a mutual friend's party, and Angela couldn't get Gail out of her mind. Two years later they ran into each other at a book signing and have been together ever since. "After 17 years together, we both feel so lucky to have found one another. We are both amazed that we can't think of anyone else that we enjoy spending time with more than each other."
16 years ago, Dawn and Diana met on a study abroad trip and bonded over their shared commitment to social justice. After a few years as friends, they began dating and have been together ever since!
Fernando and Len reside in Philadelphia with their daughter, Isabel. The couple moved to Philadelphia in 1982 when Fernando was offered a job there; it has been their home ever since. Together 32 years, the couple loves to give back to their community and spend time as a family.