Sunday Funday Just Graduated from Ranger School, Got F*cking Married, and Put a Puppy in a Stroller

Happy Sunday Funday, my fine and feathered friends! I’ve had a really fantastic weekend, so I’m stopping in today to help you get on my level of relative joy with a bunch of good gay news!

These Badass Women Just Graduated from Army Ranger School and It Was, Um, Badass

Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver graduated from Ranger School this week, which is no small feat.


The Army program puts folks through an exhausting 62 days of training, and less than 50 percent of people who attend it graduate from it. Griest and Haver are the first two women to graduate from it, ever, and they cared about that a lot:

“I was thinking really of future generations of women that I would like them to have that opportunity so I had that pressure on myself,” Griest said.

“I think the battles that we won were individual. And the fact that at each event we succeeded in, we kind of were winning hearts and minds as we went,” Haver added.

This Wedding is a “Fuck You” in Disguise

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse challenged Michigan’s ban on gay marriage back when, y’know, that was a thing – and even took their case to the Supreme Court. And this weekend, they got motherfucking married in motherfucking Detroit because TAKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE!


“Little did I know that you would bring me four beautiful kids … and drag me into the Supreme Court,” DeBoer said as the crowd laughed while she read her vows. “I am honored to soon be your legal wife. … You are my best friend. I promise to love you forever. I can’t imagine my life without you and without our kids. I promise to stand by you forever.”

Bite-Size Good News

+ A Rick Roll to End Them All: The Westboro Baptist Church showed up at a Foo Fighters concert to ruin everyone’s day. In return, Dave Grohl led a band in playing the best song on Earth. Really loudly.

+ There’s a pride flag flying at Jersey City’s City Hall. In response, I commit to doing at least one hundred fist-pumps today.


+ LGBT kids are now protected from anti-gay conversion therapy in Illinois.

This Is Better

Instead of doing the boring old newborn photo shoot, this couple chose to bundle up their tiny muffin of a puppy and celebrate him instead.


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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 should do a Puppy in a stroller photoshoot because I’m childfree and hate those questions

  2. Great news this week! I’m so excited about the Army Rangers; I’m happy that girls now and in the future will grow up knowing that women can do anything! And I’m so happy for the Detroit couple.

  3. “She was quick to clarify that…the photos are not meant to mock traditional newborn photoshoots or the couples who choose to have them.”

    Um, someone authentically mock them then, please.

    A generation from now we will look back at those cheesy, staged photo shoots with scrunchy, red-faced newborns and oh-so-in-love couples pretending to do romantic shit they never actually do and CRIIIIINGE the same way we cringe at photos with soft lighting and neon stripes from the 90s.

    Ack, the fakery. Blech.

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