In a historic move, JET Magazine, a leading bi-weekly Black publication, featured a male couple in its wedding section for the first time.

In the “JET Love” section of the Dec. 10 issue, the magazine tells the love story of Ravi Perry and Paris Prince, who married at their Worcester, Mass., home in August. Perry, who recently joined the Mississippi State University political science department as an assistant professor, and Prince, a licensed real estate broker and anti-discrimination compliance expert, said they were honored by their inclusion.

“We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current JET Magazine,” the couple said in a statement. “Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture, and events pertaining to the Black American experience, JET’s publishing of our union is historic.”

While JET’s wedding section traditionally showcases male-female couples, this is not the first time it has featured a same-sex couple. Last year, the magazine featured its first lesbian wedding when it chronicled the marriage in California of Nyema Vernon and Dr. Tenika Jackson.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) worked with JET to create the feature. The advocacy group praised the magazine for its coverage of issues important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

JET Magazine has an extensive legacy of covering the lives of LGBT African-Americans,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “This is yet another opportunity to applaud JET Magazine for continuing to highlight the diversity of the African-American community and to urge other media outlets to recognize that it’s these stories that help grow acceptance of our community and give a voice to LGBT people of color who are too often invisible in the media.”

Zenitha Prince

Special to the AFRO