An Inspirational Gay Love Story With Style & Substance. NYTimes.

An Inspirational Gay Love Story With Style & Substance. NYTimes.

An Inspirational Gay Love Story With Style & Substance. NYTimes.

Today, we celebrate love! Though this wedding took place in New York City, far away from the beaches of Playa Del Carmen, we wanted to share this story with you. It has everything that we love. A genuine love, handsome men and a stylish wedding!

We love witnessing our friends getting married, hearing about amazing love stories, enjoying the hope that love brings and always longing for more love and affection! Stories like this, covered by a paper like the New York Times, go a long way in showing regular folks that love has no gender or sexual preference. Love stories happen to human beings!

Many of us are living in places where gays can get legally married and be fully recognized (like here in Playa!). However, the majority of our friends live in corners of the world where marriage and love between two men or women is still not acceptable. Let alone legal. Marriage Equality is still a tall mountain we must continue to climb.

While many fight for Marriage Equality, however, we know about open relationships, cheating boyfriends or simply forever single men who possess a fear of commitment. Grindr and all the dating apps have contributed to an already fickle gay community. Men seem to never be satisfied and are always on the lookout for a better, more muscular, richer, younger man. New is always better and its a gay-wide epidemic.

That said, we don’t want to generalize (too much), because in a sea of Grinding and Scruffing, comes along a story about two accomplished, handsome individuals who find love in old-fashioned ways through commitment, understanding and harmony.

A Relationship With Style and Substance
Excerpt Of New York Times Article
(Source: NYTimes by Bob Morris)

An Inspirational Gay Love Story With Style & Substance. NYTimes.

Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, a Cuban-American who grew up in Orlando, Fla., didn’t know the Yiddish term for soul mate (bashert) when he bumped into Ariel Foxman on the uptown A train in March 2012. But it’s clear now that that one subway trip was an express to destiny.

The two men had known each other for years because their ex-boyfriends were partners in a photography business. But they hadn’t seen each other in a while.

Mr. Cardet-Hernandez, now 29, so flustered by the jolt of attraction he felt during the subway encounter, missed his stop.

“My boyfriend had always told me I needed to date someone cool like Ariel,” he said.

Mr. Foxman, now 40, has been the editor of InStyle magazine since 2008. At the time of their subway meeting, Mr. Cardet-Hernandez, now the principal of the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, a public high school, was a special-education teacher at the Facing History School, a high school in Hell’s Kitchen.

Their professional lives were busy and chaotic, but both men sensed that they shouldn’t ignore their brief reconnection.

After Mr. Cardet-Hernandez got off the train, he sent an email to Mr. Foxman about a class he was teaching on the Holocaust and human behavior. He wanted him to know that his syllabus included a speech on Armenian genocide by Mr. Foxman’s father, Abraham, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

They bantered by email but nothing became of it until a few months later, when each saw that the other was logged into Facebook at dawn on a Saturday. Mr. Cardet-Hernandez sent a message. “I asked if he was just getting up or just getting home,” Mr. Cardet-Hernandez said.


Article by: Bob Morris for The New York Times
Photos by: Christophe Tedjasukmana for The New York Times

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