February 14th, 1991. This is the year my husband and I tied the knot at the King County (Seattle) Courthouse. We are suckers for the romantic.
Okay. I'm lying. We got married on Valentine's Day so I could remember the day. He is not the forgetful type. He remembers the first day we had sex. I don't remember those specific things. Most of the time, I don't remember the base generalities.
It was that day or either Halloween or Groundhog Day.
This year will be our twenty-year wedding anniversary. We head back to renew our vows (and perform at The Seattle Improv Festival). I have been married to a very, very Caucasian man (he thinks he is "rosy pink"-the world thinks he is "wall white"), through the odd stares and awkward family dinners and some thinking we have some sort of "Jungle/Snow Bunny whatever."
On our website for our show Landry and Summers we put up "Improvising since 1986. Making Louisiana Judges look stupid since 1991." It is still common for people to look at interracial couples and consider them some sort of oddity. Of course, we do not consider this the case at all.
So for Black History Month I would like to celebrate my top five interracial couples. That's right. The black people and the white folks who love and stay by them (reverse that if you feel offended in anyway):
5) Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel (2003-Present)
When she stopped pretending not to be able to pay the rent to Taye, they just decided to get married and split the rent. This talented couple shows the world that not only an interracial couple can last, but a "Theater Couple" can last.
4) Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower (1997-Present)
I got a distinct feeling interracial couples were on Bobby De Niro's mind when he produced and starred in the incredible HBO movie A Bronx Tale (1993), about a young man in love with a young girl from "the other side of the underpass." It might have been a major story arc because it might have been a love letter to the amazing Grace Hightower. I could be wrong, but it's the romantic in me.
3) Iman and David Bowie: (1992-Present)
She's a beautiful model. He is Ziggy Stardust. This relationship has always upset me, mainly because she got to him first.
2) Roger Ebert and Chaz Hammelsmith (1992-Present)
You can tell this is real love, warmth, and commitment with the two of them. Through everything that has happened with Roger their love has stayed strong. It's what every relationship should aspire to.
1) Mildred and Perry Loving - 1958 - 1975 (His Death)
They fought for their right to be together the year I was born. Not only did they fight for their right to love each other openly and without incarceration, they fought for my right to love and adore the man I'm with. They are the pinnacle of black interracial history in America and should be celebrated along with any other leaders of the black community in giving us full equal rights to the pursuit of love and happiness.
Causes Shaun Landry Supports
The Alzheimer's Foundation, NAACP, Breast Cancer Foundation, Gilda's Club.