Ellen and Janis: A Love Story

This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing love stories. We heard about a proposal at a Pride Parade from Aden and his fiance, Josh, a story of love and parenthood, what it means to bedemisexual, and how to enjoy Valentine’s Day while single. If you have a love story for the Keshet blog, let us know

The year was 1983, it was springtime and love was in the air. We were both 23 years old. I was just
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finishing college at Northeastern University and Ellen had moved to Boston from NY and was living on Beacon Hill with some old college girlfriends. Every Wednesday night, the now defunct lesbian bar, The Marquee in Central Square Cambridge, featured a dance party, and we both attended.

We saw each other that night, Ellen asked me to dance, and the rest is history.

We began dating, and 3 months later we moved in together and setup house. (Long time for a young lesbian couple!) I graduated from school and Ellen began a masters program at Emerson College. We bought our first home together in the Southend in 1987 and since that time have we have lived in the South End, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and now back to Jamaica Plain.


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Initially I worked in commercial theatre, managing the Wang Center, the Colonial Theatre and later becoming Director of Operations for Clear Channel Entertainment. Ellen was in sales first in advertising and then office furniture, she than went on to real estate sales where I joined her in the business about 11 years ago.

We married in 2010 at Larz Anderson park using the gazebo as our huppah and have been together for almost 32 years. We now have a successful real estate team. In our spare time we love to travel, go to services at Temple Sinai, spend time on the Cape, where we are fortunate to own a home in Ptown and work tirelessly for human rights. We are proud supporters of Keshet and the work they do.

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