Loving Day Giveaway 2011

Last year on Loving Day we gave away a set of bands to kick off the launch of the ken + dana design bridal collection. We loved your responses so much that we've decided to make this giveaway an annual event coinciding with Loving Day.

"Othello and Desdemona in Venice" by Théodore Chassériau (1819–56).

Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare's Othello, a play concerning an interracial marriage between a Moorish husband and Venetian wife. (via Wikipedia)

To celebrate Loving Day we're giving away a set of Loving Day Bands (valued at $650) from the ken + dana bridal collection.  How to enter:

  1. Head over to our Facebook page and Like ken + dana design.
  2. Tell us your story!  Leave a comment on this blog post (not on our Facebook wall!) about what Loving Day means to you.  Check out last year's post and the winner if you need some inspiration.

* entry must be complete by June 10th 11pm Eastern.

The winning entry will be chosen by Loving Day founder Ken Tanabe and will be announced on June 12, 2011 on this blog.  Please leave us an email address in case we need to contact you.

If you live in the NYC area, you're invited to the Loving Day Flagship Celebration on June 12, 2011 at the East River waterfront.  Not in New York?  Find a Loving Day Celebration near you on LovingDay.org.

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  • I’m a comedian, and I can make jokes about nearly everything. I make jokes about what my sons do on a day-to-day basis, but I can’t make jokes about the fact that my sons would have been considered an illegitimate birth in my home sate of Alabama in the year 2000.

    The courage Richard and Mildred Loving showed in fighting discrimination all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court is amazing. My husband, Rene and I sustain the horrified stares and the whispered comments about our mixed union, but I am compelled to say, it ain’t nothin’ compared to what the Lovings faced.

    Loving Day in a word means permission to me. I am granted the permission to be a black woman (whose anscestors toook care of the babies and the land and the homes of folks who profitted greatly from the American Dream) who is married to a white man. I have permission to be and do what I choose as an American. I have permission to walk proudly cupping the hand of the one I love, while he smiles on and beams a look of , “those are my boys!” to people who would otherwise assault us verbally. The Lovings’ victory over discrimination legitimizes the simple fact that LOVE KNOWS NO COLOR. I am eternally grateful to Mildred and Richard loving for sneaking away from the rich, malleable soil of Virginia to legitimize their love on the rigid, marble steps of the Supreme Court Building. This one revolutionary act legitimized millions of children and hundreds of thousands marriages and relationships in this great experiment of democracy we call the United States of America.

    Posted by Tangela on June 10, 2011
  • This particular ruling communicates something very simple to me: HOPE. This wasn’t just a ruling about interracial marriage: this was a ruling which challenged the very essence of what marriage was, and what marriage should be. That is an issue which affects a large number of us today. This ruling began to break down barriers and preconceptions and allowed us all to have hope in the future. Hope that whoever you fall in love with, you have the right to spend the rest of your life with them. There is nothing more powerful for the human spirit than hope.

    I have fallen in love with the most incredible woman in the world, and I’m not ashamed of that, or planning to hide it. I have hope that one day I am allowed to marry that woman. Hope that comes from cases like Loving v Virginia. I have hope for the future. I hope you do too.

    Posted by Emma Mcilroy on June 10, 2011
  • I actually haven’t ever heard of Loving day but I am so glad to have come to your page and hear about it! My fiance and I are different races and I’m so grateful for those that came before me that have made our future marriage possible. Loving day to me is about acceptance, love and respect for one another. What an amazing thing, I am vowing to tell at least five people about this wonderful day. Thanks!

    Posted by Andrea on June 10, 2011
  • Having grown up with parents of two different races, Indian (from India, and Mexican… I was able to have such a culturally rich childhood, filled with foods, celebrations, and being able to learn about two different cultures. I was married an Italian, and our children are a beautiful mix of culture. Loving day to me means being thankful that we have the freedom we to marry who we choose, and raise our children to be accepting and loving to all people, no matter what the color… EVERY day. I feel so blessed to be able to pass on these cultures to my children, and their future children.

    Posted by Kristen Roberts on June 10, 2011
  • It is hard to put into words at times what Loving Day means to me. I am black and the love of my life and future husband is white. I can not imagine life without him. If it were not for Mildred and Richard Loving and their bravery who knows how long it would have taken to be able to marry the person you love regardless of race. My family is very tolerant and open. No matter who I brought home my family embraced them. My sister and her white girlfriend were in a seven year relationship and no one cared that she was white. It didn’t matter.

    My mother suffers from dementia and did not get to meet my fiance before it worsened. It is sad to think she will be at my wedding, but won’t remember it a few hours later. And my fiance’s mother is just the opposite. She believes blacks should marry blacks and whites should marry whites. It was so hard to hear her say that, but she could never come between the bond I share with future husband. There is no person on Earth who treats me with more respect and love than he does.

    Loving Day means that I don’t have to endure hatred. Even from family members. Loving Day means that I can love who I want to love even though I shouldn’t need a court case to prove that point. Loving Day means that my child will be born into two cultures to learn from and grow up in. Loving Day means that while my future mother-in-law disagree that God put us on this Earth to love whomever our heart leads us to, I will still love her because to not love her means I am just like her. Loving Day means that on my wedding day I can turn around to my family and guests after I marry my husband and see the smiles and tears of people who accept us no matter what color we are. I guess Loving Day means the world to me.

    Posted by Bernadette A on June 10, 2011
  • To me Loving Day means that my soulmate and I are forever a couple in the eyes of God and Man, and it is a time to rejoice all unions that transcend race, creed, culture and color. I was born the same year that the Lovings changed history, now I have the honor of passing that history down to my multiracial grandchildren.

    Posted by Susan Daniel Wells on June 10, 2011
  • My family has been mixed race for generations. My aunt (white) and her husband (Chinese American) were married in the 1920’s. Because of California’s anti-miscegenation laws they had to be married in Tijuana, Mexico. My uncle was born about the turn of the century of a Chinese immigrant and a white girl from Oregon. His grand-daughter, my cousin is Lisa See the Chinese American author. On the other side of the family, my father (white) married my mom, Japanese in 1961, by then California’s laws had changed and they were married at Los Angeles city hall. While the laws had changed the attitudes hadn’t. I am grateful to the Lovings for challenging the law.

    Posted by Gwyne Taylor on June 10, 2011
  • Loving day to me is waking up each morning and being allowed to be married to my soulmate. Being given the right to love and be loved. Raising my children with a man I simply adore. Skin color should never matter.

    Me and my husband Shawn have been together almost 17 years and have had 8 wonderful mixed babies. I am white and he is black. We have been through so much prejudice and racism and it still amazes me the hatred people can have.

    Our family is big and full of love and when people disagree with our love we just smile and keep stepping. Nothing could ever seperate us. We were meant to be together.

    We would wear these rings proudly,they mean something in a day and age where many things dont matter anymore. Love, compassion and respect.. if we all could apply these three things the world would be a much better place.

    Posted by Michelle B on June 10, 2011
  • It is the recognition that love transcends the color of our skin, the shape of our face, and the sound of our voice. Love is something pure and absolute which is unable to be tainted by outside stimuli.

    Posted by angie on June 09, 2011
  • Hello everyone- so beautiful to read all your stories and feel instantly bonded! I am Indian-American, the daughter of immigrants, from a Brahmin South Indian family. My new fiance Robert is American- from the 1600s via French Canada on one side and England on the other. One side of his family had long been migrant farmers, and in Appalachia, contended with the race issue, sometimes well, sometimes not, for 100s of years (they are white). The other side spoke only French even after coming to the States, and eventually, Robert’s dad came out as being gay when Robert was a child. His family basically disowned him. I can’t even begin to tell you stories about decisions that have been made for my Indian cousins; many were forced to end relationships and marry at the whim of their parents, though others have beautiful mixed-in-every-way marriages both in the US and abroad. Robert and I both have these insane, mixed, tragic and beautiful backgrounds who have made us who we are, and we are surrounded by friends, couples, of every ethnicity, gender, faith and more. Loving Day means that this year, when we decided we will finally marry, and, this seems so simple, but, We Can Marry. In doing so we will join the ranks of these amazing relationships and not be judged or kept apart by any ridiculous legal drama, and hope to stand to fight for the rest of our friends that still are. We don’t have a ton of money, but we are actually hoping to go back to India to have out wedding, and will be the first of the mixed-race couples to bring a wedding to India. At the moment, both of our families are supportive of that, and we are hoping to inspire and start a tradition, bc unfortunately, many of my younger cousins say they would never get married in our homeland, and feel ashamed of India or rebellious about being in relationships with non-Indians. Loving Day is transcendent and powerful in bringing together all of us who have stood in the face of ignorance and judgment, open or subtle, and in unity we have power. And we would be honoured and grateful to wear your rings, as we currently won’t be able to swing getting our own. At any rate, thanks all for the support. I’m working on some new paintings now exploring identity, and if i ever finish and show them, I’l invite the Loving Day family. Thanks to all of you out there for making the world a loving and colourful place~ xo.

    Posted by soumiya on June 09, 2011
  • Im the happiest I’ve ever been with my boyfriend who is half Caucasion and Vietnamese. I couldn’t imagine waking up everyday without him. The thought that at one time this wasn’t allowed is heartbreaking. Loving day means a lot to me because if his parents were never allowed to come together I wouldn’t have the beautiful man that stands next to me everyday.

    Posted by Heather Z on June 09, 2011
  • June 12th is definitely a Day of Loving for me. Marrying my husband would have been impossible if not for this decision. I can’t imagine my life without him. Loving a person means loving everything about him, and for me, that includes color. I don’t believe that love should ever be color blind. Who wants a world without color? To ignore someone’s color, someone’s culture, is to turn away from one of the most beautiful and significant aspects of that person’s life that shapes and defines who he is. Color is spectacular and should be cherished!

    My husband continues to fight for Loving. He wrote a fierce and passionate brief in the fight for gay marriage on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center. We hope to live to see the day when this becomes a reality.

    And to bring this day full circle, our son, who is half Filipino and half Caucasian, was born on June 12th! He is Loving personified. He loves his “kuyas and ates” as well as his “aunties and uncles.” He can feast on pancit and lechon, or, burgers and fries. He throws himself into “kali” or boogie boarding with equal enthusiasm. He is the best of both worlds and doesn’t feel the need to choose one over the other.

    This very special Loving Day demonstrates the beauty and power of love. It proves that love is stronger than anything.

    Posted by Eloise Tanega Davenport on June 09, 2011
  • loving day to me is about any two persons in love despite their ethnicity, background, or whatever. love is love.

    Posted by min on June 09, 2011
  • All you need is love <3

    Posted by Alexa on June 08, 2011
  • Loving Day is very personal to me because it is a testimony to the enduring strength of love. I met my best friend and dearest love while we were both attending university in Paris. Each moment we spent together was the most beautiful of my life and I want to spend every moment of the rest of my life with her. The freedom signified by Loving Day has made the blessing of our interracial relationship possible and the strength it represents inspires us with the hope to continue in our commitment to each other even now that we are over 1000 miles apart.

    Posted by Matthan on June 09, 2011
  • Loving Day is about Love- love is color/faith/age blind. It’s time we all realized that you don’t fall in love with a persons color/faith/age, you fall in love with a person. My fiance and I come from different backgrounds- he is Polish/Syrian, I am Italian/Puerto Rican/unknown (my mother was adopted prior to open adoptions). Our families are a mixed blend of religions, backgrounds, and people- and that’s exactly what makes them so special!

    Posted by Marissa on June 08, 2011
  • Loving Day is an inspiration for us to take the attitude even further, to strive for the day when color makes no difference, no matter what the situation may be. Friendship, marriage, employment, etc. I often think of my daughter’s experience in preschool. I picked her up and she started to tell me a story about what happened in school that day. She mentioned a boy by name. Looking at the kid-filled playground, I asked her, “Which boy is Arthur?” She answered, “The one with the hat.” At least ten boys had hats on. When I told her this, she said, “Oh, right. I mean the one with the red backpack.” Four red backpacks. “The one with the Spiderman shirt.” Two of those. Finally she said, “The one with the brown face.” What a wonderful thing that skin color was so far down on the list. We can all learn a thing or two from children, and the Lovings.

    Posted by Pattie on June 08, 2011
  • Loving Day to me is when you accept not only each other but the life you have built together.Success to me is meausred by how much you go through together.The good times,times when health is failing or financial pit falls,celebrating success as well as failure and supporting each other no matter what may happen.Telling the world you love that person for who they are no what they have to bring to your relationship.You can replace money and things but never a human beings life.Love is precious and life is precious.Celebrate just being who you are every day is a loving day.Never forgetting that your love and commitment will conquer any and all setbacks.Love also means to me never looking back and being sorry for your past,present or future.Not doing anything differently but appreciating the times and memories you have made together!

    Posted by Laura Minarcik on June 08, 2011
  • While I have never been in an interracial relationship myself, I do have a close friend who is in one and I know how she still struggles with harsh words and looks from strangers and even her parents. I believe all love is love, healthy love that is, and should not be deferred from any outside source. I am a firm believer that everyone has a soulmate and everyone is destined to find true love in one way or another. And ironically, my middle name means love in swahili.

    Posted by Ariana Atwater on June 08, 2011
  • This day is an amazing day for me because for the first time in 6 years i am truly in love and am not afraid to tell the world. I myself am a african american mail and my girl is Laotian as this is not uncommon now i have herd stories from some of my relatives explaining the things they had to go to in there youthful years. I run and operate a blog on fashion and and i always try to keep things politically correct and sometimes wonder why that is a need and i feel it is more because of the negative things broadcasted about raise many years ago. i wont draw this story out but i am looking for a ring for my girl to show her home much i love her and care about learning her culture and growing with each other no matter what the world thinks.

    Posted by DreSays on June 07, 2011
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