Everett Long Jr. and Fred Smith Jr. marvel at the fact that, as two queer men, they met at what Mr. Long called one of the “most masculine and most beloved institutions of the Black community.”
Growing up, barbershops were “a place of stress” for Everett Leroy Long Jr. “They’re super hyper masculine areas,” he said, that didn’t always make him feel at ease as a queer man.
But a barbershop is where his love story with Fred Otis Smith Jr. began in October 2015.
They later connected on LinkedIn but didn’t see one another again until January 2017, at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Atlanta, where each had moved by then.
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