What an honor! Dennis and I got to be featured in a story on CNN about LGBTQ+ joy for Pride month. Thank you to Nic Coury for the fabulous photos and article. Below is an excerpt with our portion, and I encourage you to view the article here to enjoy the entire collection.

Paul Richmond (he/him) and Dennis Niekro (he/him)

”When you grow up feeling so different and find someone else you really connect with, you feel normal and can be yourself,” said Richmond, left. “I grew up being so guarded for my own protection that it was challenging at first to be vulnerable with someone else. What makes our relationship so joyful is that we allow ourselves to safely take those walls down.”

Niekro defined his joy as “just being able to live our lives like anyone else and be with each other in a very natural way.”

The two live in Marina, California. Richmond is an artist, and Niekro is a nurse practitioner.

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