Sunday, September 20, 2009

Weddings and Celebrations

In the, every Sat. night and Sun. morning there is a new listing of the wedding and celebrations for all the married couples or people in civil union. I like to look at couples and see their faces, what they say, how they met, how they are introduced, who they brought along to the wedding, parents of, brothers and sisters to.

So here are some of the latest married couples and those in civil unions...who happen to be self-identified as LGBTQI:

Nancy Ann Lee and Marie Collins Wilson were married Friday in Aquinnah, Mass. The Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, an Episcopal priest, officiated at the Outermost Inn.

Ms. Lee (left) 56, is the editor and vice president for licensing of The New York Times Syndicate. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University.

She is the daughter of Joyce I. Lee of Fort Myers, Fla., and the late James E. Lee.

Ms. Wilson, 69, is the founder and president of the White House Project, a nonprofit organization in New York that promotes women’s leadership in business and government. She graduated from the University of Delaware and received a Master of Science in higher education from Drake University.

Until 2004, she was the president of the Ms. Foundation for Women in New York. She is a creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Her first marriage ended in divorce.

She is the daughter of Myrtle M. Collins of Atlanta and the late Henry A. Collins.


Dr. Brian Seth Koll and Dr. David Altarac are to be married Sunday in Provincetown, Mass. The Rev. JoAnn Heiser, an interfaith minister, is to officiate at the Berta Walker Gallery.

Dr. Koll (left), 49, is the chief of infection control at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He graduated from Brown and received a medical degree from George Washington University. He is also a trustee of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

He is the son of Elinor and Arthur Koll of Monroe Township, N.J. Dr. Koll’s mother retired as a mathematics and science teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Edison, N.J. His father retired as a manager of Meat City, a butcher shop in Linden, N.J.

Dr. Altarac, also 49, is a vice president for worldwide regulatory affairs in the research laboratories division, in Rahway, N.J., of Merck & Company. He graduated with honors from the State University at Binghamton, received a medical degree from New York Medical College and a master’s in public administration from New York University. He is the son of Sandra and Ely Altarac of Long Beach, N.Y.

Dr. Altarac’s father retired as the owner of Laurel Floor Covering, a carpet and tile business in Long Beach.

Glenn Prell Williamson and Dr. Kurtis Charles Birusingh were married Saturday at Mr. Birusingh’s family farm in Crescent, Iowa. Michael C. Engler, who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated.

Mr. Williamson (left), 46, is an independent film producer in Los Angeles. His films include “Sunshine Cleaning” and “Push,” which were released earlier this year, and “Hollywoodland,” which was released in 2006. He was an executive producer of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” released in 2004. He graduated from the University of Virginia.

He is a son of Kathryn E. Williamson and Dr. Harold L. Williamson of Tampa, Fla. His father, an orthopedic surgeon, retired from a private practice in Tampa.

Dr. Birusingh, 43, is the assistant chief of head and neck surgery and the chairman of surgical services at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. He is a board member of the Los Angeles Research Study Club, which provides continuing medical education for physicians. He graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University and received a medical degree from Stanford.

He is a son of Patricia E. Birusingh and Dr. Krishna A. Birusingh of Crescent. His mother is an owner of the farm. His father retired as a general surgeon at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Sean Michael Quinn and Cory Bishop Davis were married in Waterbury, Vt., on Tuesday. Stephanie Koonz, a justice of the peace of the Town of Duxbury, Vt., officiated at the Gr├╝nberg Haus, a bed and breakfast inn.

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Mr. Quinn (left), 29, is the planning coordinator for the Pedestrian Projects Group of the New York City Department of Transportation. He graduated cum laude from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., and received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers.

He is a son of Patricia M. Quinn and Dennis B. Quinn of Hamburg, N.J. His father works in Trenton as the assistant deputy director for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. His mother is a science teacher at the Rev. George A. Brown Memorial School, a Roman Catholic school in Sparta, N.J.

Mr. Davis, 30, owns a music copying and engraving business in New York that bears his name. He is also the music assistant and hand-bell choir director at Christ Church United Methodist in New York.

He is the son of Ellen Jane Davis and Charles Bishop Davis of Norman, Okla. His mother is a special education teacher at Mustang High School and Mustang Middle-High School in Mustang, Okla. His father is an oil and gas lawyer in Norman.

I say "Mazel Tov" and "Congratulations." You are all trend setters, and I, from the purple state of NC toast you all!




jim said...

Thanks for posting this. These happy couples give me hope that I may one day join them.

manxxman said...

I agree with Jim......maybe you should consider posting these events at least once a month......they make great copy.

Brett Webb-Mitchell said...

I remember that there were one or two wedding/civil union announcements in the Raleigh News and Observer, but that was a long time ago. I, like both of you, simply see this as a "good" as we name and state who we are in love with...just like all other couples in this world.

I want to de-stigmatize the label "gay" marriage.