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valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-0Hotspots asked local couples to tell us about themselves.

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valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-1Stephen Moss, CEO of Florida Entertainment Group and Andy Bell of Erasure

How long have you been together?

We have been together just under 2 years.

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

The secret to our relationship is love, respect, and family trips to the dog beach.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

We will spend the evening looking up at the stars. No seriously, it sounds a bit hokey, but a friend of ours has invited us to look at other planetary systems through high powered telescopes.

valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-2Ken Kelley and Lloyd Pagels, owners of Scandals Saloon, The Stable and Portia’s Restaurant

How long have you been together?

We celebrated 33 years November, 2011.

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

Because I GIVE & GIVE & GIVE! Just kidding. There truly is no secret to longevity in a relationship. Keep the love and always keep faith in each other; everything else that comes along simply doesn’t matter.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Going to Portia’s. There is a special ‘couples’ menu that night.

valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-3Terry DeCarlo, Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Fundraising at Broward House and Bill Huelsman, Owner of Garden’s Executive Suites in Palm Beach Gardens

How long have you been together?

We have been together a total of 15 years and we have been married for 9.

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

Mutual respect and we just love each other and enjoy the other’s company. As an example, most people know, we are Disney fanatics and are there just about every 6 weeks, most of the time we just go by ourselves and have so much fun alone with each other, it’s great when others join us, but if they don’t, we still have a great time. We are best friends as well as being partners. You also need to remember that each person is an individual and have their own point of view or opinion and you must listen and take them into account when you are having a discussion. Oh yea, and the sex is still amazing too!

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

We will spend Valentine’s Day doing a nice dinner together (since it is also our wedding anniversary) and then spend the rest of the night with our boys.

valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-4Jennifer Morales and Laurie Whitaker of Sidelines Sports Bar

How long have you been together?

We have been together for over 31 years!

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

The secret to our longevity is our friendship that embraces honesty, communication and respect … for without these, we would not survive.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

Normally for Valentine’s Day, we spend the day together doing the things we enjoy, including sleeping in, having lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant with friends, cuddling and smiling at each other all day!

valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-5Mark and Carrie of MCFilm Fest and Dishing With Mark & Carrie

How long have you been together?

34 years.

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

Never go to bed mad at each other. There have been nights we stayed up all night long. LOL.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

We will be busy writing “Dishing with Mark & Carrie.”

valentine-day-lgbt-florida-couples-6Jackson Padgett and Mark Negrete, owners of Alibi Wilton Manors and Bill’s Filling Station

How long have you been together?

We just celebrated our 7 year anniversary in January.

What is the secret to the longevity of your relationship?

Love, trust, understanding, honesty and always lean on each other to remain strong.

How will you spend Valentine’s Day?

With a nice dinner and some quality time together without interruption.

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