GSN’s Week In Review – 16/06

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By Tris Reid-Smith

The LGBTI world is talking about the Grenfell Tower fire, a thruple in Colombia who got ‘married’ and a very cute Brooklyn couple

In a week when we’ve all been shocked by the Grenfell Tower fire, we tell the story of one couple who could have died if it wasn’t for a lucky twist of fate. And we’ve been talking about a three-way relationship in Colombia and a couple from Brooklyn.

Luck saved the lives of this gay couple who lived in Grenfell Tower


The inferno at Grenfell Tower is unprecedented. We still don’t know the horrific death toll or the full extent of the injuries sustained. We’ve seen people unite to support the victims and to demand answers – with the suspicion it could have been avoided.

We spoke to one couple who lived in the tower – Jules Ng, 30, and Lee Stewart, 29.

By lucky chance Jules was away for work and Lee went to spend the night with him at the hotel, as it was his birthday.

If it hadn’t been for that, they could have been at home and may have been unable to escape.

As it was, they passed an unimaginable night, watching on TV as their home packed with irreplaceable personal possessions went up in smoke. But far worse, they were watching their neighbors perish.

And they thought of their neighbors first. They told their many well-wishers that they are relatively financially stable and that any support should be given to those in greater need.

If you would like to help the tower’s residents, please follow this link.

This thruple just got married

What do you think about three-way relationships? Should they be given the same rights as couples?

Victor Hugo Prada, an actor, ‘married’ sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday.

They did have a fourth partner, 25-year-old Alex Esnéider Zabala – but he sadly died of stomach cancer in 2015. And that experience made them realise they had to protect each other legally.

The country obviously doesn’t allow three-way weddings but they’ve got lawyers to draft up documents to protect themselves as far as they can.

Can you ever imagine being in a three-way or more relationship? Have you been in a polyamorous partnership – and how did you make it work? And should they be legally recognized?

This Brooklyn gay couple’s story is inspiring the internet

The simple story of how two men – Nick and Dominic – met and fell in love has moved and inspired thousands of people this week.

Nick met Dominic when they were 14 and 16-years-old. They went to high schools near each other and had lots of mutual friends. But when they got older, one went to study in Kentucky and another in Florida.

They reconnected one night in Orlando and soon became a couple. But they still had the challenge of a long-distance relationship. And that wasn’t all.

Nick said: ‘Falling in love with another black man was scary in ways neither of us could have ever imagined.

‘It forced us to face the very real resistance from society for being not only homosexuals but black men as well. We had to confront the stereotypes of being largely defined as uneducated, disloyal, untrustworthy, and unreliable individuals.

‘We hope to encourage other black and brown men and boys everywhere to be true to who they are. And when they find love in each other’s eyes, to know that their love is just as strong and beautiful as anyone else’s.’

Nick and Dominic now live together in Brooklyn and will marry this July.

What do you think?

Let Blued and me know what you think. You can read more about all these stories, plus loads of new articles, photos and videos every day, on Gay Star News.

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