Two Cosplayers Got Married, But There Wasn't A Costume In Sight

Cosplayers Carina and Sørine may dress up as characters for fun, but on their wedding day, they decided to keep things real.

“Although cosplay is a very fun hobby, we only wear cosplays for conventions and photo shoots,” Carina told The Huffington Post. “When we said ‘yes’ to each other, we wanted to do it as ourselves and not a character.”

The pair tied the knot on July 2, 2016 in a gorgeous ceremony at Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they live with their two cats. 

“[Sørine] makes me smile every day and I feel like I can accomplish anything with her by my side,” Carina wrote on Facebook. “I’m truly blessed to have an amazing wife like her.” 

Both ladies have been cosplaying for years; Sørine began in 2005 and Carina in 2010. 

“We both attended the Japanese pop culture conventions we have in Denmark and got into cosplay from there,” Carina told HuffPost.  

The couple loves to dress up as their favorite characters from comics, manga, anime and other games.

“Some of our favorite cosplays are Neon Genesis Evangelion and Drakengard 3,” Carina said. “Recently we cosplayed Super Mario’s Peach and Daisy. “

The lovebirds attended the same high school, but weren’t close at the time. Later, after Sørine had moved to a different school, they happened to run into each other at a comic book store. They struck up a conversation and exchanged phone numbers.

After six years of friendship, the couple took their relationship to the next level. The rest, as they say, is history. Below, more photos from the couple’s big day celebration: 

For more of their cosplay adventures, you can follow them at Surine Cosplay and Rinaca Cosplay on Facebook. 

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Real Couples Reveal What They Say In Bed When They're Talking Dirty

Dirty talk doesn’t have to be complicated. As sex columnist Dan Savage once tweeted, the best sex convo is simple and straightforward: “Tell ‘em what you’re going to do, tell ‘em what you’re doing, tell ‘em what you did.” 

Still, even the most well-versed dirty talkers have awkward moments. In the WatchCut video above, long-time couples describe some of their finest ― and most cringeworthy ― sex talk. 

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The ACLU Is Taking Its Trump Fight From The Courtroom To The Streets

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For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to train a new generation of activists to resist President Donald Trump’s discriminatory policies.

On March 11, the ACLU is launching a new website, PeoplePower.org, to “organize the mass resistance to President Trump,” the group announced Friday. The platform will provide ways for people to take action against the Trump administration’s policies ― including resisting deportation raids, opposing Trump’s executive order on refugees and travel and sustaining funding to Planned Parenthood.

People Power will promote specific actions ― anything from attending a local march, to holding signs of support in front of a local mosque. ACLU staff will post notices for some of the events, while the platform will also enable regular people who want to get the word out about local initiatives to put up information.

The platform will also connect ACLU experts with people interested in getting training in grassroots organizing. 

“So many people are coming to us and asking, ‘How can I get involved?’” Faiz Shakir, ACLU national political director, told The Huffington Post. “We’re using our brain power, and that of millions of people, to say what are good actions for people to get up out of their chairs, and not just click.”

“People have known us for, ‘See you in court,’” Shakir added. “I hope now they’ll know us as, ‘See you in the streets.’”

The ACLU recently received a spike in donations ― it raised $24 million in just one weekend after its victory in court against Trump’s executive order on immigration ― and the group decided to use some of the new funds to grow this new organizing arm, Shakir said.

wave of protests has rolled across the country since Trump’s inauguration ― and many of those rallying are young, with some demonstrating for the very first time.

The People Power platform will live-stream a “resistance training” on launch day, during which the ACLU will provide a list of actions individuals nationwide can take to stand up for social justice.

“Many people have been involved in protests,” Shakir said, “and they want to know how to sustain and build upon this ― and this is to help guide them as they encounter the challenges of organizing.” 

“We’re invested in training a generation of activists,” he continued. “So how do we counter-program Trump? When he beats up on immigrants, let’s go to a naturalization ceremony and shake new citizens’ hands. When he beats up on refugees, find a refugee in your community and hold a potluck for them.”

The ACLU’s new platform will be similar to Michael Moore’s Resistance Calendar, which also allows people to post information about local gatherings, according to Shakir. However, it will also have a digital map, allowing users to click through to any city and RSVP to an event.

The ACLU will also promote select events to its followers via email.

“If we’re just in our own communities taking Trump on one slice at a time, it’s not going to work,” Shakir said. “We have to be united.”

To support its new push into activism, the ACLU hired about 15 new staffers with experience in digital organizing, including those who have worked at the White House and others who were behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign. But the platform won’t be pushing any actions that support specific candidates for political office.

The People Power platform is one of many protest grassroots efforts to emerge since Trump’s inauguration: NextProtest.com lists progressive rallies in New York City; the Indivisible Guide helps people advocate to Congress; and the Women’s March’s ‘10 actions in 100 days’ outlines actions people can take to advocate for social justice.

Shakir doesn’t see the ACLU platform as competing with these efforts, but rather as helping to gather them into a “one-stop hub” for people to know which actions to take and when. With 2.5 million members and affiliates in all 50 states, the group said in its statement that it is uniquely “well-positioned to take on the incredible responsibility of grassroots organizing nationwide.”

“Grassroots organizing isn’t a zero sum endeavor,” Shakir said. “There will be a number of crescendo moments where Trump does something that is explicitly or implicitly unconstitutional ― and within hours, we want to distribute info about what he did, and what people can do next.”

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17 Oscars Tweets From Asian Twitter That Dropped Some Serious Truth

Asians were definitely not well-represented at the Oscars, with Dev Patel being the sole Asian nominee in an acting category. 

But that doesn’t mean they were silent during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. 

In a night that saw Jackie Chan recognized as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and Warren Beatty read out the wrong Best Picture winner, Asian Twitter got lit.

Check out some of its realest tweets about the Oscars below. 

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Jackie Chan’s Pandas In Ugg-Esque Boots Were The Best Oscars Dates Ever

Jackie Chan had the hands-down most furbulous dates at the Oscars. 

The actor showed up to the Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony accompanied by his “two baby boys” ― stuffed pandas in silver boots that resemble Uggs. And while his dates were unbearably adorable, they actually stand for an important cause. 

Chan, who was recognized during the event as a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, explained that he’s a panda ambassador for Chengdu Giant Panda Research and Breeding Base. He also has two pandas of his own named “Cheng Cheng” and “Long Long,” he explained to E!’s Ryan Seacrest. Chan adopted the pair back in 2009 from the research and breeding base and has avidly donated to support panda conservation

“I have already adopted two real pandas… Plus it represents my country.”

Chan actually had the toy pandas made at Build-A-Bear the year after he adopted his own. 

“I looked at many different bears but in the end, I chose the pandas because they speak to me. I feel a connection with them,” he wrote in a blog. “I have already adopted two real pandas. Also I am in Kung Fu Panda! Plus it represents my country. No matter what, every time I see a panda on TV I like to laugh! I love pandas!”

Needless to say, Chan’s dates caused some pandamonium on Twitter as people everywhere melted at the actor’s furry friends. 

As much as we love ‘em, the stuffed panda buds won’t get to chill with Chan forever. The actor plans to auction them off for charity. 

Now we really just wanna know ― can we borrow your dates, Jackie?  

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Director Ava DuVernay's Oscars Dress Sends A Powerful Political Message

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Ava DuVernay used her platform at the Oscars ― and her gorgeous dress ― to make a powerful statement against Donald Trump at the awards show on Sunday. 

The Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter explained via Twitter why her look for the Academy Awards was “a small sign of solidarity.” 

“I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” DuVernary tweeted from her account. “Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon.” 

Designer Mohammed Ashi, who is from Saudi Arabia, launched Ashi Studio in Beirut, Lebanon in 2007, according to the brand’s website. 

DuVernay’s sign of solidarity seemed to reference Trump’s travel ban, a controversial executive order that primarily targeted Muslim-majority countries. 

Many people on Twitter thanked the director for taking a stand: 

Before heading to the Oscars, DuVernay also made sure to recognize and remember Trayvon Martin five years after his death. 

“On my way to aking a moment to remember ,” she wrote. “Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong. .”

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