A mum claims she’s happily married to her gay husband and that they keep their relationship on track with weekly sex feedback meetings.
Brynn Embley, 35, describes herself as a straight while her husband, Matthew Neilson, 33, identifies as either gay or pansexual.
Matthew says that he is “more attracted to men than women” but he had dated both before committing to Brynn.
The self-described gay man also admitted that he’d never had sex with anyone – even Brynn – before they got married. But, now, the duo are in a happy couple and have two children.
Brynn and Matthew are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints – a religion which does not condone same sex relationships., reports the Daily Star.
And, because of this Matthew has said that a major reason why he dates women is so that he doesn’t have to remain single and celibate for his whole life.
While Brynn admitted she does sometimes feel insecure she does feel that her relationship is stronger because it’s not focussed on physical chemistry.
And, they undergo therapy and weekly sex chats every Thursday where they offer feedback and tips.
Brynn, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA, said: “We enjoyed kissing, and hoped everything else would at least be okay.
“I think that many more people are gay, bi, pan, or other, than have made that known openly.
“A lot of my previous relationships revolved around that chemical attraction, not having that be the driving force was refreshing.
“I think that liking and matching with a person is so much more central to a long-term relationship.
“And it turns out that the sex thing works great, so it all worked out!”
While Matthew added: “While I was more attracted to men, in general, there had been a few women to whom I was really attracted.
“I had a strong motivation to try really hard to make it work with a woman so that I didn’t have to be lonely and celibate for the rest of my life.
“I’ve heard gay men say that they can’t even imagine trying to be sexual with a woman, and I have never felt that way.
“We do enjoy having sex and being together in that way, which is a relief!”
The pair met at church in 2016 and Matthew revealed his sexuality within a few dates, but to his surprise Brynn was unfazed.
The mum-of-two said: “He looked straight at me and said ‘Brynn, I’m gay.’
“It just wasn’t a huge deal, he was with me, his choice – what else mattered?
“I already knew that we didn’t have a strong chemical attraction like I had experienced with other boyfriends, but it didn’t really matter to me.”
But, they only dated for a few months before he left Brynn for a man before eventually getting back together in 2017.
Matthew, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology, said: “I don’t think that I actually had a lot of emotional bandwidth at that time because I was still trying to deal with my strong feelings about another guy.
“It didn’t feel fair to either of us to keep up the relationship if I wasn’t sure about that basic attraction.”
He continued: “It was definitely a leap of faith, because I still wasn’t certain what sex with Brynn, or any woman, would look like.
“But we trusted that the other elements of our relationship were there and if that part was more difficult, we could work on it together.”
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They married in Utah in December of 2017 and were finally intimate.
Brynn said: “For a while I would get stressed out if we weren’t having sex a certain number of times each week, because I thought it meant that Matthew wasn’t enjoying it enough.
“That’s not the case, and I try to remember that if we both feel satisfied sexually that’s all that matters.”
She added: “Our religion teaches that marriage is only between a man and a woman, but we also want our children to be happy and secure in who they are and what or who they choose and are drawn to.
“We are so happy in this quirky, unique, sublime relationship.”
You can follow Brynn and Matthew on Instagram at @gayprofessordad.