Many people come to StoryCorps to have a conversation with someone who’s been meaningful in their lives. Some of our favorite interview moments come from partners and spouses — especially when they’re discussing matters of the heart.
So in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we’re bringing you stories that remind us of love’s remarkable endurance — no matter who we are or who we love.
Our first story comes from Glenda Elliott, who grew up in Mayfield, Georgia. Glenda first fell in love when she was in her 20’s, to a woman named Lauree. At StoryCorps, she remembers that lifelong love, and how it never had the chance to blossom.
Next, two hearts that found their way back to each other after nearly 25 years apart.
In the spring of ‘81, Liz Barnez was 16, and Lori Daigle was 17. Both were playing softball for their respective high school teams in New Orleans. Despite their on field competition, off the field, the pair felt an immediate spark.
Next, a love story that was — quite literally — written in the stars. Joey Jefferson is a Missions Operations Engineer at NASA. At StoryCorps, he sat down with his partner, Wilford Lenov, to remember their very first date.
Our last story comes from a couple who proves it’s never too late to say, “I do!”
Born in 1918, John Banvard, a World War II veteran thought he’d seen and done it all. But at the age of 75, he met Vietnam veteran Jerry Nadeau. And the rest, as they say, was history.
Top photo: Artwork by Michael Caines.
Second photo: Angela Stowe and Glenda Elliott at their StoryCorps interview in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Christina Stanton.
Third photo: Lori Daigle and Liz Barnez at their StoryCorps interview in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Jacqueline Van Meter.
Fourth photo: Wilford Lenov and Joey Jefferson at their StoryCorps interview in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jud Esty-Kendall.
Bottom photo: John Banvard and Jerry Nadeau at their home in Chula Vista, California. Photo by Cam Buker.
Released on June 4, 2019.