Williamson Henderson and AnDre M. Christie
If you're looking for love in the Big Apple, avoid taxis.
On June 27, 2003, Williamson Henderson (born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island) stepped onto a No. 5 train, where his heart skipped a beat. The object of his affections? AnDre M. Christie, a Jamaican refugee 30 years his junior. Today they are peas in a pod. “We work together, live together, play together,” says Henderson, 58, who is the president of the Stonewall Veterans Assocation.
Christie (“he’s got the same last name as the governor of New Jersey, but he’s hot,” says Henderson) is the organization’s secretary. Occasionally, the age discrepancy between them earns stares, but Henderson points out that lots of older straight men marry young women, and no one bats an eye. “Look at Rupert Murdoch and his gal. They have a 40-year age difference! Or Hugh Hefner and his women. How far apart are they in age?”
A couple of years ago, Christie’s immigration status became an issue, and when the couple went to court this spring seeking asylum for him (Jamaica is a notoriously dangerous place for gay people), Henderson told the judge that were Christie allowed to stay, the two would be getting married as soon as gay marriage became legal.
Henderson is particularly impressed by his young paramour’s knowledge of the gay-rights movement. “He knows more about Stonewall than people from that generation,” says Henderson, referring to the historic bar in the West Village where the gay-rights movement coalesced back in 1969.