In 2017, it was time for Gene Batiste and his husband, Scott Honeychurch, to downsize. They had owned a three-bedroom condo in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington D.C., since 2006. But when Dr. Batiste decided to move to Houston to take care of his ailing mother, “We figured,” he said, “that, since we’d be separated because of our careers, trying to keep up with a mortgage and my rent in Houston would be too much.”
Mr. Honeychurch, now 63, who worked in nursing administration, stayed in Washington and began renting the top floor of a Victorian house in Mount Pleasant; Dr. Batiste, now 65, found an apartment in Houston, where he had gotten a job as the chief diversity officer at St. John’s School.
Moving to Texas together wasn’t an option, since their careers dictated where they lived. The couple managed the distance for four years. Mr. Honeychurch even tried relocating to Texas, but couldn’t find work comparable to his nursing job in Washington, and after a few months, returned to D.C.
2014 memoir by The New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow. It was “an amazing first Met experience for me,” he said.
He has been back to the city often and seen a number of play on Broadway and Off Broadway, often with an old classmate who lives in the area. “Every opportunity I have now, the city is my escape,” Dr. Batiste said. “For both professional and personal fulfillment and also, quite frankly, for self care. Whether it’s to worship, or it’s to have fun, it’s in the city.”