“Jet” Magazine And J. Crew Embracing Fabulous Gay Weddings

In its December 10 issue, Jet magazine features Dr. Ravi Perry and Paris Prince in their “Jet Love” wedding series. The magazine, which has been around for over 60 years, regularly profiles straight couples, but Prince and Perry are the first gay male couple to appear in the biweekly feature.

From the magazine:

Ravi is a Mississippi State University assistant professor. Paris is a compliance officer for the Massachussetts Commission Against Discrimination. The pair met while Ravi was studying for his PhD., but 300 miles separated them. The fact that Paris never complained about the six-hour drive to see his beloved sealed the deal for Ravi.

The two were married in August at their home in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current Jet Magazine,” Perry and Prince said in a statement.  “Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture, and events pertaining to the Black American experience, Jet‘s publishing of our union is historic.”

GLAAD applauded Jet for “continuing to highlight the diversity of the African-American community” and urged other media outlets to “recognize that it’s these stories that help grow acceptance of our community and give a voice to LGBT people of color who are too often invisible in the media.”

This comes on the tuxedoed heels of J. Crew featuring the first gay couple in their wedding album.

Benjamin Moore and his husband Ray met in Hudson River Park in New York City – a meeting, they said, that changed their lives forever.

The two were married at the Château du Soudun, an 11th-century castle about three hours outside Paris.

Of their presence in the album, Moore says J. Crew “stepped up big  time.”

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  • 2eo

    It’s these steps where the minds are won, it’s taken a hell of a fight to get to this point, where the reporting of gay marriages is mingled in with straight marriages and every other bit of relationship news.

    It’s this normality and presentation as equal not separate or derided where the hardest most time consuming yards are made.

    The tide has changed, we should make more of a deal about these victories as they really matter.

  • ChiChi Man

    WOW! I remember my parents getting Jet when I was a kid, and the cheesy bikini-clad centerfold. Now to see this: an African-American magazine featuring a same-sex couples.

    We ARE winning this fight!

  • Eban

    I do applaud Jet for doing this issue highlighting a gay marriage, but this is hardly new to the Black community. Ebony magazine has featured gay and lesbian couples and issues for years.

    side note: Ebony did an amazing article last year about most gay and lesbian couples who adopted were Black and lived in the south.

  • missedgle

    omg,omg,omg, I’m so happy..I’m 42 years old been waiting for this day..I love the young guys are doing it.i’m just overcome.yes yes yes we can

  • northwest

    Handsome couple and good on Jet Magazine.

  • Shadeaux

    @missedgle: LOL! I actually thought and felt the same way!

  • SteveMD2


    If you think the kluxers eg are gone, the only diff between now and the past is they dont wear white sheets and hoods

    Heres an example – the head of the FRC, tony perkins, an evangelical xtian not only hates gays but he’s in bed with the kluxers.

    Its a sad sad life when one hates multiple minorities – most likely because he hates himself.

    the founder of the FRC, George Rekers does hate himself. turns out he is “queer”

    He also ran the NARTH fix the gays group, and couldnt even fix himself.

  • ChiChi Man

    @Eban: Thanks for the info about Ebony!

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