by James Whitely -
SGN Staff Writer
Rasha and Vanna Pecoraro's backgrounds in performance have brought them to Prides from Portland to Seattle for the past four years, but on Sunday, June 30, at Seattle's Pride parade, the couple was able to march side-by-side for the very first time not only as partners, but as wives.
'My wife is actually the first woman I've ever dated,' said Rasha, who realized her sexuality and came out later in life. 'When I first met my wife, she was the sexiest woman I had ever seen in my life. We were friends at first, then fell in love.'
Rasha said that from that vey first moment they met four years ago, she knew she had to have Vanna's baby.
'She is my soul mate, our every day just gets better and better. Everything has kind of fallen into place for us - we even got pregnant on the first try. I have a lot to be thankful for,' said Rasha.
MARRIED IN JANUARY
The two have a 21-month-old daughter, Leilani.
'[Her] mommies are legally married and they get to march in a parade,' Rasha told SGN. 'I have a beautiful, amazing wife and a beautiful, healthy, amazing daughter.'
The two were wed in the state of Washington on January 7 of this year, Rasha taking Vanna's surname.
For the parade, the couple wore the very same outfits they were married in - Rasha, her wedding dress (now a few sizes too big, which she's quite happy about) and Vanna, a white button-down and white dress pants with a designer white belt to match.
'It was absolutely overwhelming and amazing,' Rasha said of the parade. 'Everybody was so supportive and encouraging, yelling congratulations, and it felt so powerful just being a few days out from DOMA being abolished.
'I didn't see any negativity. I didn't see any protesters, everybody just screamed,' Rasha added.
THE KING OF PORTLAND
'My wife and I, he performs as a drag king and I sing,' said Rasha. 'She and I met four years ago 'cause I was singing at a club and she had just started doing drag.'
Now, Vanna, who performs as Emilio, is Portland's premiere Latin drag king. The couple reside in Battle Ground, Washington, about 20 miles north of Portland, and have been regularly making appearances at both Seattle and Portland Pride parades since they got together. The two were invited to Seattle to march in this year's parade by Ceasar Hart, Seattle's best-known drag king.
'My wife has performed with Ceasar over the past year quite a few times,' Rasha noted.
'LOVE WHO YOU LOVE'
As she settles down from what she sees as a quite exhilarating past week, Rasha is excited to see where the recent DOMA victory will lead the movement in regard to childrearing by Gay and Lesbian couples.
'She had to legally adopt our daughter, because I gave birth to our daughter,' Rasha told SGN. 'We had to pay a lawyer to have Vanna legally adopt our daughter.'
'I like being in the public eye and being out. I feel like we're supposed to make a difference in the world for people who come out after us,' Rasha told SGN. '[The parade] was such a good, natural high and such a beautiful thing to be a part of. Love is love ... all that matters is you love who you love.'
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