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Kirsten Ott is the editorial director and co-founder of Equally Wed, the world's leading wedding magazine for gay, lesbian and allied couples.

An award-winning journalist and editor, Ott has enjoyed having her work appear in esteemed magazines, newspapers and websites. For more than 12 years, she’s covered gay rights, gay and straight weddings, art, travel, restaurants, fashion, beauty, celebrities, profiles and music. She’s been a recurrent guest on CNN discussing marriage equality and same-sex weddings.

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Waiting to Live: Fighting an Insurance Company for a Life-Saving Surgery

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:56 PM

I felt a lump in my throat as I padded down the stairs, having just kissed my darling twin toddlers goodnight. "I love you, Mommy," my youngest called after me. "I love you, too, sweet boy. Get some rest," I replied rather hoarsely, as my throat was swelling with a...

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Feminist Weddings: Going Beyond the Dress

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:35 PM

The wedding industry is full of frothy gowns, heavily iced-out bling, slinky draped column dresses and layers of lovely lace. But what if you don't want all that on your body on one of the happiest days of your life? Even if your mother, grandmother and aunt are insisting that...

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National Marriage Equality Day 2013

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 2:03 PM

Today is National Marriage Equality Day. We created the day on Aug. 7, 2012, as a response to Mike Huckabee's abhorrent Chick-fil-A Day, in which thousands of people showed up in droves to stuff fast food in their mouths in the name of homophobia AKA marriage inequality --...

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A Mother's Promise on Father's Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:13 PM

My darling sons,

From the moment your mama and I welcomed you into this world two years ago, we have admired your enthusiasm for life, our hearts have fluttered over your sighs, and we have basked in your unabashed requited adoration for us, your grateful mothers.

I always had...

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How Optimism Saved My Life (and My Sanity)

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 12:30 PM

I don't call myself an optimist to self-compliment. It can actually be a curse. I don't get to wallow in self pity for long. I forgive people way too quickly. I trust others in bad situations, and I put myself in close proximity to toxic people because of my naïve...

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How To Make Your Wedding Business More Gay-Friendly

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:31 PM

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One of the questions I get asked at most any function I speak at is: "how can I make my wedding business more gay-friendly?"

I thought I'd take a moment to answer that question the way I do in those conversations for...

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Drink for Marriage Equality on National Starbucks Appreciation Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 9:48 AM

Update: In an effort to heighten awareness for all companies and nonprofits contributing to the fight for marriage equality, Equally Wed has decided to rename August 7 as National Marriage Equality Day. This change received direct encouragement from Starbucks Corporate Headquarters who wanted other equality-minded companies and organizations to share...

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It's Not Illegal to Have a Gay Wedding

(46) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 4:32 PM

The Abbey, a popular gay nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., has decided to ban bachelorette parties for straight women until everyone's marriage is legally recognized.

"We love our straight girlfriends coming in to celebrate one of the happiest days of their life," says Abbey owner David Cooley. "But it's also...

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Why My Wife and I Had to Create a Gay Wedding Magazine

(6) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 11:28 AM

I've never been ashamed of being a lesbian, no matter what society has attempted to make me feel with its laws set up for my relationships to fail. I was born to love the girl next door, who preferably would have bigger muscles than me, exude a quiet confidence, make...

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