Process Video: Dina Schapiro and Danielle Eastern

Dina Schapiro, 41 years old, with Danielle Eastern, 52 years old, Life Partners

Be open, honest, and willing. Everything you do should come from a place of compassion.

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Process Video: Sheilah McLaughlin and Meghan McLaughlin

Sheilah McLaughlin, 53 years old, In A Relationship (with Meghan McLaughlin, In Loving Memory)

Being able to laugh, and make the other laugh. Being able to say anything to the other, but lambasting anyone else who tried to do the same.

Process Video: Michelledana Shafran

Michelledana Shafran, 39 years old, Single

My ideal relationship involves my being able to be my fullest self which is merely enhanced by my partner’s presence. Mutual love, care, respect, laughter, honesty, and gratitude will foster deep connection and togetherness between us.

Process Video: Michael Curry

Michael Curry, 50 years old, Engaged

Someone I’m comfortable with on all levels who has confidence and trust, and appreciates my humor. We just ‘get’ each other physically and mentally, so when I say, ‘My better half,’ I mean it.