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JET magazine makes a very bold and progressive move by featuring its first same gender couple in their December 10th issue as part of their JET LOVE wedding series. The featured couple is Dr. Ravi Perry and Paris Prince.
The couple was married at their home in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Prince is a licensed real estate broker and anti-discrimination compliance expert and Dr. Perry is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University.
Perry and Prince shared that,
“”We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current JET Magazine. Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture, and events pertaining to the Black American experience, Jet’s publishing of our union is historic.”
If you grew up in the African-American community then you know one of the media staples was JET magazine. Jet magazines can be historically found at any barbershop or salon. Many of us grew up with the featured beauty of the week, stories of African-American news and events and especially the marriage engagements.
While so many within the African-American community struggle with the concept of same gender couples and gay marriage it is again very progressive of JET magazine to take such a bold step in doing their part in supporting equality among other marginalized groups like the gay community.
I am sure there will be some dissenters against JET’s decision but hopefully, the more common place this becomes within the African-American community, the less controversial it will feel.
Charles Easley is an educator and columnist. You can follow Charles on twitter @professorlocs and view more of his work on his blog www.professorlocs.com