50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

50 Moments of Pure Queer Joy

This pride month is especially meaningful, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising which brought visibility to LGBTQ+ issues and the community’s struggle for equal rights. We still face a great deal of discrimination in this world, but no one can dampen the light of love shone from these couples. To honor the sacrifice of every one who has helped the community reach this point, we are highlighting 50 moments of pure queer love and joy from past Catalyst couples. Thank you for sharing your love and light with us and the world!

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5 Winter Weddings and Engagements to Keep You Warm

5 Winter Weddings and Engagements to Keep You Warm

Valdora and Isabel put their love and their desires for the day first. Which meant an early morning intimate wedding ceremony under the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park with only their closest friends in attendance. Later in the afternoon they invited a larger group of friends and family to celebrate a small ceremony, dinner and dancing a few hours north of New York City. It reflected their goals to create a day that invited their loved ones to be a part of their love, all while sticking to their guns in regards to having a small and beautiful wedding where they felt comfortable sharing vows and tears and promises.

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A Glimpse into Standing Rock by Ash Carr

A Glimpse into Standing Rock by Ash Carr

We've just pulled out onto main roads leaving camp. It took me the first three days to get a media pass; they had run out of the physical passes and needed to wait for more to arrive. It was nice to have that time to adjust to the space and get our camp situated. However, those were the three non-blizzard days! Regardless I made a few images that I'd love to share with you. I had a real personal struggle makings images in the space; the elders had agreed to allow media to photograph front line actions but any other photography on camp required permission from any individual, and absolutely no community structures, prayers, or ceremony could be photographed. I witnessed so many of the vets and other media arriving on tight deadlines and entirely disregarding this request of respect, photographing the water ceremonies, stalking indigenous people, and photographing inside the kitchens. It echoed the entire resistance — the lack of respect for their unceded treaty land — and was a direct act of violence and colonization by non-indigenous people in my opinion, so I had a hard time aligning with the other media. Instead, I ended up putting my head down and building winterized structures and washing dishes to support the camp instead.

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Real Couples // A Central Park Ceremony: Valdora + Isabel

Real Couples // A Central Park Ceremony: Valdora + Isabel

Valdora and Isabel put their love and their desires for the day first. Which meant an early morning intimate wedding ceremony under the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park with only their closest friends in attendance. Later in the afternoon they invited a larger group of friends and family to celebrate a small ceremony, dinner and dancing a few hours north of New York City. It reflected their goals to create a day that invited their loved ones to be a part of their love, all while sticking to their guns in regards to having a small and beautiful wedding where they felt comfortable sharing vows and tears and promises. Most important to them was that their ceremony reflected their feminist values. In keeping with this, they entered their ceremony space together: this was a visual reflection of supporting each other's decision to proactively commit to continuing their partnership founded on equality, communication, and personal growth. They left the order of reciting their vows up to chance.

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