Stories of Super-Cute Queer Couples Remind Us Why We’re So Damn Lovable

There is really nothing in the world more adorable than a queer partnership. I know this for two reasons: 1. this gallery, and 2. the lesbian couples I see riding the Green Line in Washington, DC in coordinating Keds and kicks.

I am about to tell you two stories that will make you smile really big and probably propose to your girlfriend. Maybe think about that second one for a little, though. Have you considered buying a cat together first?

via blackmoonbobo on flickr

A Gay Marriage Fit for Superheroes

In “Astonishing X-Men No. 51,” a mutant named Northstar will marry his boyfriend, mostly because X-Men is the gayest comic of all time. Midtown Comics in New York City took it upon themselves to honor the occasion with an in-store wedding, and on Wednesday served as the perfect location for Scott Everhart and Jason Welker’s nuptials.

Everhart and Welker are a gay couple from Columbus, Ohio – where gay marriage isn’t legal. They were selected from over 50 applicants because they “really stood out as super-fans,” according to the store’s events director. Everhart caught wind of the competition, submitted an application, and then found out it was all happening — so he proposed.

Gerry Gladston, one of the store owners, said he was “proud to take this opportunity to promote equality and tolerance.” The couple will hold a reception in Ohio for their family and friends who couldn’t make it to the big city, and will hopefully live happily ever after. Do they do that in comic books?

via Queerty / GLAAD

The Queer Marriage Proposal of the Century

Let’s begin with a cast of characters for this one: meet Dr. Scout, director of Network for LGBT Health Equity at The Fenway Institute and a badass trans* activist who planned the LGBT Pride reception at the White House, and Liz Margolies, executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network and Scout’s soon-to-be life partner.

Margolies is “ambivalent” about the institution of marriage but couldn’t resist saying “yes” to Scout when a proposal came in the middle of the LGBT reception, right in front of the marine band and everything. Scout definitely poured on the romance, or maybe just the honesty, in the best way — with his words:

Because the last three and a half years, you have been an amazing adventure. Because you try harder than anyone in the world. Because while I’m a little scared to spend the rest of my life with you, because you’re so damn fierce, I’m also amazingly excited about the possibility.

The idea that this partnership exists on the planet is remarkably and overwhelmingly adorable and warm fuzzy feeling-inducing on its own. But the idea that a queer partnership like that of Scout and Margolies moved to a new level inside of the White House is definitely worth reflecting on. We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re adorable — and like I’ve said again and again and again, important people (sometimes) love it. “It’s been really a surprise to us how much of a story this has become,” Scout has said. “Reminds me how often just living our lives openly can be revolutionary.”

Here’s video footage, since I know you want it.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. I once saw a completely adorable proposal at this gay-freeze-flash-mob thing I went to at a big train station, we were all meant to freeze at a particular time, while holding the hand of someone of the same gender, and stay frozen like that for a few minutes. It hit two pm and as I froze I noticed one woman getting down on one knee in front of her girlfriend. They had to stay in that position for five minutes and not say anything. The standing woman was just freaking out so much with happiness and no-one could move or speak (you could tell that was difficult for her!) and as soon as the time was up everyone started cheering. adjkshsdlkj it was just so cute

  2. I love how Margolies was touching her hair as if like she was trying to ask herself “OMFG is this happening for real?” haha how genuine and effin adorable!

    • Well, it always seems like such a good idea, but then the caterers turn out to be the League of Evil Villains in disguise and the photographer is an alien shapeshifter who wants to kidnap the bride.

  3. Oh god, first the gallery, now this. STOP MAKING ME WANT TO UHAUL, AUTOSTRADDLE.




  4. Scout and Liz were on Melissa Harris-Perry, they’re so adorable. And Scout seems to have a seriously awesome collection of suits.

  5. We already have a cat but have no interest in proposing. Marriage is for the birds.

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