Caption: Lisa Combest and James Hanson-Brown
Lisa Combest and James Hanson-Brown 

StoryCorps: Lisa Combest and James Hanson-Brown

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 02:25

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Hanson-brown_small It’s not often that couples split up and stay close friends.

But that’s what happened to James Hanson-Brown and his ex-wife, Lisa Combest.

They fell in love in high school, got married, and began to grow apart.

At StoryCorps, they remembered how their divorce deepened their relationship.

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Piece Description

It’s not often that couples split up and stay close friends.

But that’s what happened to James Hanson-Brown and his ex-wife, Lisa Combest.

They fell in love in high school, got married, and began to grow apart.

At StoryCorps, they remembered how their divorce deepened their relationship.

Broadcast History

NPR's Morning Edition 4/20/12

Transcript

Lisa Combest (LC): We got married January 11th 1986…

James Hanson-Brown (JHB): Right…

LC: and the minister who married us, he said, “You guys are the best-matched couple I’ve ever talked to.” I guess we were in our marriage for about a year when I started thinking that something was wrong. Emotionally I was supported, but it was the physical side of things.

JHB: I was looking at everyone else, going, Why aren’t we like that? And, one night, I had this realization and went: I’m gay. Part of me was like, No this can’t be, because I love Lisa.

LC: And East Texas, that’s not the most wonderful place to come out.

JHB: Yeah. East Texas is definitely not the San Francisco of the South. So I was terrified. My mother had suspected I was gay, all my life, but she wasn’t quite supportive. Her idea was that, you know, gays should be rounded up and put on their own little island and left to die...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Time again for StoryCorps, where people sit down with each other to talk about big moments in their lives.

Today, James Hanson-Brown and his ex-wife Lisa Combest.

They discuss how the end of their marriage deepened their relationship...

OUTRO:

James Hanson-Brown and Lisa Combest at StoryCorps in Houston, TX.

Their conversation will be archived with all the others in this project at the Library of Congress.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Flax Fredrik Trilogi. The Kora Records 2010 :25

Additional Credits

Capella University

Related Website

www.storycorps.org/listen