Rain Gordon has finally tied the knot with the love of her life… which just so happens to be a briefcase.
The teacher, 24, has always been sexually and romantically attracted to objects, despite having had relationships with human men in the past.
In August 2015, she met the briefcase that would become her ‘husband’.
Rain had bought the briefcase from a hardware store as a proper for a photoshoot, and soon found herself falling in love with the item, which is called Gideon.
A few months later, in November 2015, Rain and Gideon made the relationship official.
And now, five years on, the couple have wed.
Rain, from Moscow, Russia said: ‘My fascination with objects began at the age of eight.
‘From my childhood I believed that a soul is embedded in objects, as well as everything around us.
‘I believe in animism, which means that there is life in everything.
‘During my childhood and early teenage years, I fell in love with places such as the new shopping centre that opened in my city.
‘I knew that it was wrong, and beyond the norms of society. I didn’t tell anyone.
‘Falling in love with an object is as unpredictable as it is with a person.
‘In 2015 I was really into cosplay, and I was going to dress up as a CSI investigator.
‘As part of the costume I needed a briefcase. That’s when I first met Gideon, in August 2015, at a hardware store.’
The attraction was instant, but Rain says that at first, she didn’t take things seriously.
‘I had no idea that we would end up together,’ she explained. ‘I admired how he looked, but I didn’t think anything more.
‘But then I started liking Gideon for more than that. I slowly realised I was starting to fall in love.
‘I’d want to look at him for hours and feel his presence. After another few months in November the relationship began.
‘We shared out first hug and kiss, and we spent more time together in the evenings and nights.
‘We could have philosophical conversations for three or four hours.
‘Our spiritual connection and communication is shown telepathically… I hear him, and he hears me, but from the outside it looks like a monologue.
‘Gideon is more than just a partner to me. He is a husband, a friend and a mentor.
‘His moral support helps me more than anyone else. Sometimes I feel like Gideon knows me better than I do.’
Rain identifies as an objectum sexual, which refers to individuals who develop deep emotional and/or romantic attachments to, and have relationships with, inanimate objects or structures.
While she had been interested in many different objects and structures in the past, Gideon was her first real relationship.
Rain attempted to get into a relationship with a human man in 2017, while still in a relationship with Gideon, but found she couldn’t connect with him the way she did with the briefcase.
She eventually realised that Gideon was the one for her.
She said: ‘I am not a strict objectum sexual, and I am not against relationships with people.
‘But I have never found myself with a person who could overshadow my attraction and fill my heart in the same way as I feel with Gideon.
‘I was with a man in 2017 and the relationship lasted two years, but it did not end well. He discovered my addiction to objects and this was one of the reasons why we broke up.
‘I couldn’t connect with him. When faced with a choice between him and Gideon, I chose Gideon without any hesitation.
‘I always have and always will choose him. For me, objects – although I don’t really like using that word – really are better than people.’
While at first Rain did not tell anyone about her relationship, she eventually told some of her friends and her brother, who have all been very understanding.
After five years together, Rain and Gideon finally got married in June this year, being wed by a friend online.
The marriage isn’t legally binding, but the couple have special wedding rings with engravings on them, and Rain is overjoyed.
‘In May, just before my birthday, I received a gift that I could not even dream of. I got a proposal,’ said Rain.
‘I happily agreed and made an order for wedding rings, with individual engravings for myself and for him.
‘The wedding was in June but we held the ceremony much later in a hotel room in October.
‘This is not the first time I have booked a hotel simply because we would like to spend time together.
‘I was so happy. Although the wedding is not officially legalised, I was pleased to know our relationship moved to a higher level.’
Rain hopes that by sharing her love story, she’ll break down some of the misconceptions and stigma surrounding objectum sexuals.
She added: ‘The sight of Gideon makes my heart skip a beat. I am madly in love with silver, mirror reflections and metal.
‘People don’t understand my feelings. I’ve been told I’m sick and to seek treatment.
‘I don’t let it offend me anymore. Objectum sexuals don’t pose any threat to themselves or others.
‘To ridicule and humiliate us for the fact that the ones we love are not like everyone else is disgusting. Love is love.
‘I wish people were more understanding. Don’t judge people for something you don’t understand.
‘I really hope one day the topic of objectum sexuals will be more known throughout the world, so others like me will not feel so alone.’
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