A Taboo-ed Relationship: Caleb Hoke and Allison Braun

By Barbara Maningat

Society has an array of unwritten rules for dating relationships – but for Caleb Hoke and Allison Braun, defying some of these general practices has come naturally. Hoke, a sophomore photojournalism major, and Braun, a senior majoring in English and women studies, live together in a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Columbia. They met after a Mizzou LGBTQ Resource Center event Hoke’s freshman year and have been together for just over one year. Hoke leads a transgender discussion group with the Resource Center and Braun helps more with event logistics and training. Despite the age difference, the couple says they’re practically the same person because they spend so much time together and share a sarcastic sense of humor. Although Braun graduates in May, they plan on sticking together.