QUEER IRL PHOTO GALLERY: Queers in Celebration!

Riese, Laneia, Megan / Our Friends Getting Married! / West Hills, CA / October 6, 2017

“This photo is perfect in every way and I couldn’t love Riese more. We were at Chelsey and Erin’s Wedding (page 6) and it was beautiful! I cried a little but y’all, Megan cried a lot because her heart is a giant and full. Seeing your friends get married is one of the best things about growing up.”

Riese, Sarah, Laneia, Megan / Our Friends Getting Married! / West Hills, CA / October 6, 2017

“Once upon a time I assigned Chelsey and Erin to the same cabin at A-Camp and NOW THEY’RE MARRIED! It was a real treat to watch them tie the knot with my girlfriend Sarah, my best friend Laneia, her wife Megan, and also lots of people not in this picture, like tons of Runagayhearts from A-Camp and The Famous Comic Book Writer Formerly Known as Intern Grace. Lesbian weddings have become one of my favorite things about being a grown-up ’cause I get to see friends I don’t see nearly enough and there’s always an open bar.”

Jack and Darcy / Our Wedding Day / Cheesman Park, Denver, CO / May 30, 2017

“My spouse and I on our wedding day this past spring, May 30th, 2017. He’s a trans man, I’m a queer non-binary person. Jack and Darcy. We had been best friends for 4 years and then the 2016 election happened…We both realized that not only did we have the same values (social justice activism and fighting a motherfucker) we also realized we wanted to build a life together based on those values. 6 months later after his legal name and gender change, we got hitched in Cheesman Park near our home in Denver. It was a small ceremony with close friends and family. Amidst the passages from The Little Prince and our promise to “love each other well, every day we have,” we had this section of Ellen Page’s coming speech, ” What I have learned is that love — the beauty of it, the joy of it, and yes, even the pain of it — is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame, and without compromise.”  This photo was snapped totally impromptu by our good friend Karissa at our pizza munching reception afterward. We have fought so hard to be who we are and we will continue to fight for the rights of others for as long as we have!”

Laura, Lisa, Jodi, Elizabeth, Arwynn, Holly, Andrea, Ashley, Laura, Heather / 32-40 / Lesbian Murder Mystery Totally 80s Prom / Gainesville, FL / July, 2017

“Our amazing group of lesbian friends in beautifully liberal Gainesville celebrating each other.”

Ella, Dijana, Octavia and Rita / 28, 34, 1, 28 / Octavia’ First Birthday / Melbourne, Australia / 22 August, 2016

“We did a Wonderwoman theme for Octavia’s birthday because of course we did and she’s happy as long things are shiny and she can eat them. Her first year was amazing and wonderful also the hardest thing we’ve ever done. It was 100% worth a celebration. Rita is her godmother, she delivered doughnuts to the hospital the day Octavia was born so there was no other choice really (she also wanted me to add that she’s currently single).”

Sarah / 30 / Drea and Paige’s Lesbian Wedding / Michigan / October 14, 2017

“My partner and I technically met online in 2007 in the deep recesses of the fandom interwebs on a forum for the television show South of Nowhere. Fast-forward to now—we’ve been a couple for seven years and here we are attending this lesbian wedding for our friend Drea , who was also on the forum!”

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  1. Oh my gosh, thank you all for sharing your joy and smiles! You are all so good-looking! So many of you are married and your weddings are gorgeous!

    Also, couple who met in nun school, please write a book. Or at least an AS post.

    • I have written several fictional pieces that use our origin story. They never quite reach the magic of the real thing. I probably will try to capture our true story someday. :)

  2. These photos are giving me such life today! Excellent, excellent job everybody! ? ☀️ ❤️

    Also, *thank you* Autostraddle editors and contributors for posting such powerfully uplifting content today. I was expecting this day to feel heavy af, and in some ways it still is, but I’m filled with more energy, optimism, and love than I could’ve expected.

  3. Wedding at Crystal Bridges! I worked there from the beginning of construction until early 2014 and would have LOVED to be there for your wedding! I helped lots of cute couples get engaged and do elopement ceremonies on the trails and at the LOVE sculpture but I just know y’all would have been my faves.

    If you ever come down to Shreveport, hit me up and I’ll buy you a beverage of your choice!

  4. my favorite part of this gallery is that there are so many weddings and engagements and group celebrations and i’m just like I LOVE MY BIRTHDAY LOOK AT MY COOL PINK SPARKLY DRESS PAY ATTENTION TO ME!! which, frankly, is very on brand and i have no regrets.

    but for real, this whole gallery makes my heart explode, thank you everyone who contributed and thank you laneia for tirelessly putting these together and thank you queer people for making my whole goddamn world go round <3

  5. It was such a joy to be a part of Jack and Darcy’s day. They are both loving and caring individuals, and I feel so lucky to have them as friends. If either of them are reading this, love you both!

    Saying that, it was such a joy to look at all these celebratory pictures and read their words. On a day that feels very positive for queer people, this post gave me one more reason to be happy today.

  6. This is adorable and all the weddings (and all y’all!) are beautiful!

    ALSO: Vicky – Madrid??? Because I am also here and am lacking in English-speaking queer lady friends, so, like, send me a message or something so we can maybe be friends? Awesome.

    • @gasp-its-harto HIIIIII! Yes Madrid, I live here! And I am a very-queer, very-lady, and very-English speaking person and we should def be friends! I know a lot of other queer ladies (a few who speak English lol). Let’s meet up ?

  7. I love this. So many weddings and friends’ weddings! So many Pride celebrations! And engagements! And birthdays! And sparklers! And a unicorn boat! Life is good.

    • Not to mention the graduations and misc friend groups having fun in beautiful places. Love the backpack photo and the Spice Girls.

  8. OMG, I’m loving all these celebrations! I am so excited to see so many weddings, and engagements, and I really want in on that murder mystery, it looks like so much fun. Also, shout out to all the Andrea’s in here ❤️

    • This is amazing!!! I saw Taylor Mac do a lecture/radio broadcast interview at my university on art and activism this past January, around inauguration time (along with Bill T. Jones, a modern dance legend, and Niegel Smith, a playwright). The three interviewees were so incredibly insightful and inspiring, and…I’m just so grateful for queer artists. As a queer dancer/performance art person myself, I’m super excited to know that Autostraddle folks have connections like this! How cool that you are/were in this production!

  9. oh autostraddle! i did not realize how much i needed to see page after page of smiling, in love, happy, celebrating queers on this day; but here i am with tears streaming down my face beaming back at it all. thank you for this. and for everything. literally so worth my A+ membership just for this feeling. thank you.

  10. I LOVE ALL THE HAPPY QUEERS. Also, I gave up wedding photography because I’m so incredibly tired of straight people and they far outnumbered the queer folks I worked with, but damn this makes me want to go find way more queer weddings because they are genuinely the greatest experiences.

    • Queer weddings really are the best. My partner’s a wedding officiant and my favorite weddings to try to invite myself to are the queer ones – especially for older, long term couples who never expected to be able to marry.

  11. This is just lovely, all of you beautiful people. Congratulations to you all on your engagements,weddings,graduations,fun with friends, theatre parties…..everything. You’re all doing you with love and style.

  12. These are all such lovely photos <3 <3 also, hey Erin and Sarah who got married in Wandsworth! That's where I grew up, it's so nice to see some happy queer people getting married there :)

  13. You all are lovely. Seeing all of this happy makes me so happy! (And not just because my darling girlfriend and I are featured in it)
    Keep it up, friends. Remember – better days are coming. :)

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