Today’s Video Story was collected on the 50-state Story Tour. Check out the blog where you can read about the adventure we had and some of the stories we collected. If you haven’t submitted a story yet to IFD, or if you want to submit another one, I’d love to read and publish it. Write one up and send it in.
Like us on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.
Subscribe to us on YouTube.
(Stanley): Essie Scoffield, Stanley, my friends call me. I’m originally from Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawaii five years ago. (Laura): My name is Laura Belding, I’m originally from Vermont but I’ve lived in Hawaii for ten years and I currently live in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. 1999, Los Angeles, we were at a little coffee house called Little Frida’s in West Hollywood and I was with somebody else but Laura was sitting at a corner table and she was reading a book and I just happened to glance over and she looked up and she smiled at me. Laura’s got a great smile (laughter). So, we just had that instantaneous contact and that was it. (Laura): To be honest the one difficult thing about Hawaii is that it’s rather expensive and I was here in a relationship for many years, but after that ended I really would have liked to of lived alone for a little while but it was not financially possible so I immediately started looking for roommates. But I wanted to be comfortable, I wanted to either live with a gay man or a butch femme or somebody who I could be myself, you know, when I came home. So I really targeted that community for a roommate but in doing so I exhausted all the local resources and I still didn’t have a roommate and meanwhile rent’s getting due and I’m starting to get nervous, so I started going on a national level as well. Saying “Hey, is anybody out there want to live in Hawaii? I really need to find somebody that I feel comfortable with to live?” Somebody answered. And after we started interacting on-line I recognized that we had gone to this closing at Little Frida’s and I knew exactly who Stan was. And especially references to old businesses and things like that, I said, “Oh, I know who you are.” (Stan): I’d never really left L.A., and it was time for a change. I was single and we really clicked and my feeling was – pretty much what Laura is saying is that, worse case scenario we’d be really good friends but I don’t know – I had a little twinkle in my eye for her, I must say. It turned out nicely. I cannot say I have any regrets. It turned into a wonderful relationship. (Laura) Yeah, it did. (Stan): We’re getting back to politics. We’re looking forward to our new governor who said he’s going to sign civil unions into law that will, in essence, make Laura and I family which is something that I have dreamed of since I was a little baby dyke. (Laura:) Yeah.