Captivating Couples 2011

They met online, in grad school and even at an adoption center. Their love stories quell the naysayers and show us all that it can happen. Quit mooning over your exes and be inspired!

(And they’re in no particular order ‘cause we’re captivated by them all!)

Senka & Juanita

New York, NY

Senka, 29, AD Development / Administration, Bronx Community Pride Center

Juanita, 35, Adult Education Program Coordinator; contributor,

Before their relationship bloomed, Senka was interested in Juanita—and even though they were just acquaintances, she volunteered to help Juanita move into her new apartment. In turn, Juanita asked Senka out on a date. That was in 2009, and the two have been together since. In addition to her job as the Adult Education Program Coordinator at an Ivy League university, overseeing several instructors and administrators who service more than 1,200 low-income adults each year, Juanita also blogs at Senka helped coordinate Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first queer festival in 2008. “I not only love Senka for her outer beauty, but I admire her inner strength,” Juanita says. “She lived through the Bosnian War. Her experiences help me identify what is important and what are just inconsequential distractions to living a life with purpose.”

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