PHOTOS: 11 Beautiful Lesbian Couples Together For More Than a Decade

When the "First Comes Love" project began in March of 2009, Proposition 8 had just outlawed same-sex marriages in California and the Defense of Marriage Act still barred the federal government from recognizing gay and lesbian marriages. Five years later, that section of DOMA has been declared unconstitutional and Proposition 8 has been defeated — for good.

Still, there is a long way to go before the country sees full marriage equality. A deep misunderstanding of LGBT relationships remains. So the "First Comes Love" project captures the stories of real couples who want to help educate those who aren't LGBT, while celebrating those of us who are.

The goal of "First Comes Love" is to provide a glimpse into the “everyday” lives of couples who have been in their relationships for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years. B. Proud photographed the couples and presents their portraits in a straightforward black and white.

The First Comes Love book is available on Sept. 26. The book launch coincides with the Philadelphia exhibition of the photos that can be viewed at Hamilton and Aaronson Galleries. 

Kris & Sandy, 14 years

 

Sinjoyla & Angelisa, 17 years

Lisa & Drew, 16 years

 

Megan & Laura, 30 years

Annise & Kathy, 23 years

 

Byllye & Ngina, 25 years

Edrie & Jan, 55 years

 

Sandra & Anita, 23 years

Deb & Cheryl, 17 years

 

Del & Harriet, 45 years

 

Edie & Thea, 44 years

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