Even on the first night we hung out and stayed up all night talking, we talked about how we both wanted to be married with kids someday (little did we know at the time that it would one day be to each other).We are both very family-oriented so it’s always just been the end goal and where we saw our lives going together.
Though he didn't have the wherewithal to approach her in person, he put up a Missed Connections ad on Craig's List, which she responded to ... Another friend--Maurice Amsterdam*--was in a small market on the Upper West Side the other day when a gamine woman asked him if she should spend the extra couple dollars for organic strawberries. As soon as he walked out, shy (and yet shockingly handsome) Maurice kicked himself for not engaging in what she had obviously hoped would be a flirtation. Do you remember how, a month or two ago, I flirted in line at Whole Foods with the groovy talking head I'd seen less than an hour before, holding forth on CNN? In fact, I'd even go so far as to say we're friends!
Somewhat startled by her unexpected question, Maurice mumbled, "Sure, why not? Also, as I've mentioned, the local Stop&Shop is one of my father's favorite places for meeting ladies. Granted, she was a girl--a brilliant Arab-American writer (and syndicated columnist! In other words: According to my personal research, 2 out of 3 grocery store flirtations end in successful relationships!
I’m a little more laid back and don’t stress too easily.
PJ (pictured right): I'm 31, born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee.
, have made incredible strides in LGBT-visibility as the first same-sex couple to host a show on HGTV.
So, in celebration of their new show airing Monday, July 17 at 1p/12c on HGTV, we sat down with the couple to discuss their marriage, being gay in the south, their new show, and their major plans for the future! Thomas (pictured left): I’m 26, born and raised in Cleveland, Tennessee.
I am extremely type A, so I like things structured and to the point, however I also like to cut-up and have fun with my team. Thomas: We met at a mutual friend’s get-together back in 2009.
At the time, PJ was in a relationship and I wasn’t out yet.
After same-sex marriage became legalized, we decided to get married in the living room of our house that we’d been fixing up for the last 6 months.