Essay Photo Srly

Half an hour after the Supreme Court announced its historic 5-4 decision to make marriage equality a 50-state reality in the United States, it became apparent to our entire Autostraddle dot com staff that we weren’t going to be able to do anything but cry and laugh and cry some more all day today. Such jubilation! Such celebration! So many tears! Here are the 25 things that made us cry (and cry-laugh) the most (in no particular order).

1. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion

2. President Obama’s speech

3. The White House changing its social media profile photos

4. This mental image of Joe Biden

5. Congressman John Lewis’s response

6. Carrie and Bren’s A-Camp wedding

7. Deep south states issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Special note: this first picture features SARAH, former Managing Editor of!

8. Notorious RBG Memes

9. Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs

10. Taylor Hatmaker’s insight

11. Big Gay Branding

364 days a year, we hate big gay branding. But today? Today is not like those other days. Also ice cream is delicious.

12. The true reality of marriage equality

13. Proud bald eagles

14. Chick-fil-(g)a(y)

15. Laneia and Megan’s wedding photos

16. Vox’s visual marriage equality retrospective

17. Samira Wiley’s Mom

18. OMG Seattle!

19. Supergay Superheroes

20. The first couple to marry in Dallas County

21. Mari’s wedding photos

22. President Obama calling Jim Obergefell

23. This Republican commentator

Who was moved to tears by the response of gay people outside the Supreme Court.

24. Robin and Carly’s wedding

25. This meme

26. Aja & M’s Wedding Photos

27. Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley being adorable

Love Wins. ❤️

A photo posted by Lauren Morelli (@lomorelli) on

28. This Video

29. Gabby and Laura in D.C. for the big day

“Gabby and I just got interviewed by Univision and when they asked how we feel about the marriage decision, Gabby pulled a Selena and said “Estoy muy excited.”” – Laura


It is so ordered! Stay hydrated and have one hell of a Pride weekend! We fucking love you!

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I know that the Catholic Church, and many other Christian churches, has a complicated relationship with Science. So I appreciated the fact that they DO indeed include Science in the curriculum for Catholic schools. In the public schools that my kids have been to, Science has always been taken as a given. There was never an attempt to try and define “Science” before the kids started taking science classes. This was why when I chanced upon the display of children’s works in the hallway of this Parochial school, I was absolutely intrigued. However, I still don’t quite understand what was going through the teacher’s mind when s/he decided to ask the children in a parochial school to make posters on what they think “Science is…”

Was it done with a sense of self-awareness and irony? Most likely not. How many other people that passed by this hallway actually noticed the irony in these innocent words of children with alarm and fascination the way that I did?


No wiser words have been spoken in this hallway...


Science is... What?



The other day as I was driving by the same school and church, my oldest pointed out this sign to me. We thought it was hilarious. But of course, I have an out-of-whack sense of humor which alarmingly is being passed down to my children. As I am heading to hell in a handbasket, please heed my plea that my children however are innocent victims of nurture and nature.

Srly. I thought you are supposed to teach people to be nice, at least when you are right outside the church...


This brings me to several of my favorite warning signs:


From our beloved The Bloggess


I srly want to post this in my house. Like I said, I am hell bound...


Warning: Facetiousness Ahead



Update: I believe someone at Huffington Post is spying on me… Two days after I published this post, they came out with “The Craziest Prohibition Signs: Who Would Try These Things?”Really, when you post a question such as this in your title, you are just daring people. Here’s looking at you, kid…

Tagged as: Catholic church and me, Huff Post, is it me, strangers I am grateful for, to hell in a handbasket

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