“Falling in love with another black man was scary in ways neither of us could have ever imagined.”
Nick Gilyard, 25, and his boyfriend Dominic Spence, 27, have known each other since they were teenagers.
They were recently featured on thewaywemet Instagram account, which chronicles couples’ (usually very adorable) love stories.
“Dominic and I met as teenagers. We went to different high schools but they were close in proximity, so we had a lot of mutual friends,” their story begins. “High school was also the time period in which we both came out to our families, although at separate times and unknowingly of each other's personal journeys.”
According to the caption, the couple’s first date lasted for several hours until the bar closed down. They would endure seven years of long distance in several different cities before finally landing together. Spence proposed during a visit to London in 2015 — Gilyard said yes.
Dominic and I feel lucky to have found love at such a young age. However, falling in love with another black man was scary in ways neither of us could have ever imagined. It forced us to face the very real resistance from society for being not only homosexuals but black men as well. We had to confront the stereotypes of being largely defined as uneducated, disloyal, untrustworthy, and unreliable individuals. But together we chose to rise above those prejudices and rewrite our own story- one of inspiration. We want others to see that our union is marked by achievement, love, friendship, respect, and unconditional support. We hope to encourage other black and brown men and boys everywhere to be true to who they are. And when they find love in each other's eyes, to know that their love is just as strong and beautiful as anyone else's.