America’s Most Captivating Couples 2009, Part II

We rounded up so many gorgeous couples we couldn’t fit them all in one issue. That said, we’re happy to have the cuteness continue.

Susan & Gwen

Northampton, Massachusetts

Susan, 31, activist, performer, hat maker
Gwen, 36, filmmaker

“The number one secret to a happy relationship,” says Susan, “is allowing your partner enough space so that she always feels she can be who she is.” Susan and Gwen met in Chicago six years ago. At the time, Gwen was producing queer burlesque shows trying to raise money for a film. Back then Susan was busy shaking her pom-poms on stage but these days when she’s not performing and making hats, she’s traveling the country appraising and valuing clothing, art and furniture. Gwen shoots wedding videos to pay the bills while she’s working on a documentary about war and genocide in the Congo and Afghanistan. Another tip to staying happy, adds Gwen,”We don’t set limits for each other. It’s also great to constantly redefine your relationship as it changes and grows.”

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