'First Comes Love' Showcases Enduring Queer Relationships (Photos)

September 20, 2014 1:51 PM

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Anna Thompson and Eli VandenBerg began their relationship almost 12 years ago as a lesbian couple. Anna had been dating Eli’s ex-girlfriend, now a trans man. Eli laughs as he explains, “Anna has tried very hard to be a lesbian, but all of the women she has dated have transitioned to men.” Anna and Eli agree that the transitioning was not easy, but that being a trans couple does not define their relationship. “It’s genuine trust and partnership and respect,” says Anna. They have learned that everyone transitions together. “It’s you and everyone around you,” says Eli. “You transition as a family and as a couple and you have to be there for your partner as much as they are there for you.”

When asked about the leather harnesses, they explain that they wear them sometimes because they are “masculine, mysterious and dark” and not because they are fully invested in the “leather” scene or “bear” culture, although they are very supportive of both communities. The men do, however, have an i...

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