These Gay Celebrity Couples Make Love Look Grand

tumblr_inline_mscxpaVqlk1qz4rgpTo celebrate the release of Love Is Strange this weekend, we’ve taken a look at six gay celebrity couples whose relationships mirror those of the film’s main characters, played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

In the film, Lithgow and Molina play a gay couple learning to adapt to life’s uncertainty and accepting its hurdles as opportunities to grow. Forced to live apart due to circumstances beyond their control, their love grows despite the space between them.

Check out the trailer here:

Now that the film is in theaters, let’s take a look at three more same-sex couples who give love a good name:


Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black

Few believed DLB’s May/December romance with Olympic diver Tom Daley would last this long, but the couple has been going strong since at least December 2013, when Tom announced in a YouTube video that he was happily “dating a guy.” (They were most likely also dating when we found them at a coffee shop in LA the month before.)

“He makes me feel safe and happy,” Tom told E! in December. “I’d never felt the feeling of love. It happened so quickly. I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time. I’ve never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.”


Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak 

In the same 2012 New York Times article that he came out in, Parsons revealed that he had been dating his boyfriend Todd Spiewak for over 10 years. They’re still together, though they’re pretty dodgy on whether they’ll ever get married.

In 2012, Parsons told E!: “I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.

Actor George Takei  (R) and partner Brad

George Takei and Brad Altman

The love between George Takei and his 27-year partner Brad Altman is documented in this year’s To Be Takei, and further explored in an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” this weekend. In it, Takei explains that the pair kept their relationship a secret for 18 years before coming out together publicly in 2005.

They were one of the first couples to marry in California three years later, following Takei’s campaign of vocal advocacy for marriage equality. “He is my love and I can’t imagine life without him,” he wrote in a post on his blog. “Now, we can have the dignity, as well as all the responsibilities, of marriage. We embrace it all heartily.”

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  • enlightenone

    “…a couple that tie the knot after 39 years together,” during the time of gay bar raids; being homosexual was a mental disorder; Stonewall Riot; Harvey Milk shot to death; a public kiss between men and captured on film – NOT; thousands of deaths by AIDS, sex between men a crime in all 50 states; gays were considered pedophiles, and therefore, couldn’t be school teachers, etc… Black and Daley? The comparison went right over my head QUEERTY!!!

  • NG22

    @enlightenone: Wow, talk about perspective.

  • SportGuy

    Geroge Takei and his husband are so handsome together and their story is amazing, so glad for them. I like Jim Parsons, so I am glad him and his partner have been together for so long, whether they decide to get married or not, it looks like a good relationship and hope they are happy together.

  • Stache99

    “Few believed DLB’s May/December romance with Olympic diver Tom Daley would last this long”

    Here we go with the usual bitter comments here. I too would love to find a teenager with a hot body. I cruise all the places they like to hang out. Just like DLB did. Unfortunately, I’m not rich and famous so the last one’s parents called the police on me:(

  • Stache99

    Seriously, congrads to the couples. They all look great together.

    George Takei and Brad Altman. 27 years. Damn. That’s a long time.

    Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak “it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.” Boring or not. Sounds like a wonderful life to me!

  • Merv

    @Stache99: My heart goes out. Have you considered taking up skateboarding? You might have better luck at a skateboard park.

  • enlightenone

    @NG22: I hope you mean you were able to appreciate my “perspective?” It took a little quick mental homework!

  • lvcha

    JLB and Tom Daley are just…goals.

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