This LGBT History Month, marriage equality champions Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court Case that struck down Prop. 8 in California, sat down with newlyweds Niki and Carole Nakayama, owners of n/naka and known for Chef’s Table, to discuss their relationship and how Paul and Jeff’s story paved the way for marriage equality nationwide.
The wide-ranging conversation includes the quartet’s thoughts on coming out, what it feels like to get married, and sharing wedding news with friends, family, and co-workers.
“Getting married, it’s personal but as a gay couple it’s also universal because it gives us the language to go out into the world and affirm who we are in such a real way,” says Katami. “Cause you have to come out every day if you’re gay.”
“For me, I feel that it defined a certain level of authenticity that we were trying to do through food but now here it was in a whole other realm,” shared Ilda-Nakayama.
You can watch the full video below.
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly partnered with OUT on this new series of video shorts, entitled “One Stride, Many Journeys,” in celebration of National Coming Out Day (October 11).
Barefoot has been an ally to the LGBTQ community for the past 27 years and works with more 200 LGBTQ organizations worldwide.