Thousands of people Tweeted and reposted on Facebook the Essence.com article which featured lesbian newlyweds Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills. The story, which received 5,000 Facebook likes, was picked up by popular media outlets including After Ellen, Pam’s House Blend, The Advocate and Yahoo! Buzz.
"We are humbled by the outpouring of support generated by our recent Bridal Bliss profile, Love at First Sight," said Aisha Moodie-Mills. "As the first lesbian wedding to be featured on Essence.com, we expected the story to garner a lot of attention, but we never imagined that it would receive such an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response," she continued.
Because of the overwhelming support, Essence invited Aisha and Danielle to write a follow-up commentary talking about the impact of such positive attention.
Earlier this year, GLAAD met with Essence to discuss increased inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and issues. GLAAD brought Aisha and Danielle’s powerful story to Essence.com as part of its Communities of African Descent program. The year-round program raises visibility of LGBT people of color in media outlets as a means of growing acceptance of LGBT people in these communities.
Aisha and Danielle were among those first couples to apply for a marriage license after the capital became the sixth jurisdiction to legalize marriage. GLAAD was on the ground in March training these couples to share their stories of lifelong commitment with America through the media. Aisha was one of the community leaders at the forefront for securing marriage equality in the district.