BY Amy Carlberg
on May 04, 2015
When someone says, "I have a special gift for making people feel comfortable in front of my camera," you're inclined to disbelieve them. We've all taken awkward school photos and family portraits. But when Sarah Deragon says it, it's 100% true.
Deragon is the mastermind behind The Identity Project, a black-and-white photo series that documents individuals within the LGBTQ community. "Since we are constantly bombarded with online images these days, I'm so happy that the project has continued to stand out and build momentum vs. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Apr 30, 2015
Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her optimism earlier in February that the court will eventually rule in favor of gay marriage. However, the Supreme Court was still deeply divided on Tuesday when they started to hear oral arguments to the historic Obergefell v. Hodges—even though anti-gay activists are also expecting gay marriage to ultimately win out.
Accepting possible defeat (and being on the wrong side of history) didn’t stop anti-gay activists from making some bogus arguments during the Court's session. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Apr 09, 2015
One hundred thousand. That's the number of signatures it takes for a petition to be viewed by the President's administration, and the quantity of names on the call to action written in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who committed suicide last year. The petition proposes "Leelah's Law," which—if enacted—would require all states practicing conversion therapy to stop. Read More
It’s been a big week in female superhero universes. First Gwen Stacy was bitten by a radioactive spider, and now Catwoman has come out of the closet as bisexual!
In issue 39 of the Catwoman comics, Batman’s anti-hero kisses another woman. Genevieve Valentine, who took over the character’s spinoff in October, couldn’t be happier that she’s established Selina Kyle as a “cannon bisexual,” which she describes as an “indispensable beat. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 01, 2014
On Sunday afternoon, I went to New York’s Pride Parade to join in the celebration. I’d never been before, and when I stepped off of the train at 42nd street I was immediately overwhelmed by the sheer joy contained in that enormous, rainbow-clad crowd of the LGBTQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally) community.
The music was loud and the crowd let loose a huge roar as they recognized each song—particularly the appropriately chosen “I’m Coming Out. Read More
on Jun 12, 2014
After watching both season 1 and 2 of Orange is the New Black I couldn’t help but compare the events of the show and the dynamic between the female prisoners with my experience attending an all-girls school for 7 years. Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on May 12, 2014
Pull on your red pleather boots, slap on some lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped glasses and go out dancing. In a field. Or outside a post office. Or in the forest.
This is what front woman of HERS, Melissa L. Amstutz, does in the video for "Please." She places her hand stiffly on her head, positioning her own body. She dons a platinum blonde wig, and we are forced to see her enact a strange femininity. Gender truly is a performance, and one we all undergo each day. We see that there is so much more to a woman, to Amstutz, than blonde hair and red lips. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Apr 29, 2014
"I’ve just found my new favorite thing."
That’s what I thought to myself while watching Ingrid Jungermann sext “I want to respect you from behind” in her Web Series “F to 7th.” The episode--my favorite of the first season--revolves around Ingrid’s sexual relationship with guest star Ann Carr, when the women find out they were both wearing the strap on in the relationship, quite literally.
“F to 7th” deals with Jungermann’s sexuality as a lesbian stepping closer and closer to middle age. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 29, 2013
Ellen degeneres seems to always find ways to make me proud. Her role in queer visibility is undoubtedly important and those vests I mean, COME ON.
The comedian and talk show host is currently developing a new sitcom focused on a lesbian lead. Degeneres is teaming up with former Afterellen blogger, Liz Feldman. The show is supposedly a lesbian update on Will & Grace, but will it be well received?
The history of LGBT sitcoms ranges from nonexistent to unsuccessful. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 22, 2013
For those who haven’t heard, Cannes film festival favorite Blue is the Warmest Color has a graphic lesbian sex scene.
A sex scene that has been debated, cursed and praised for its real and explicit portrayal of two women being intimate. Apparently, the sex scene is ten minutes long, which is an issue for a lot of people. But what is the issue? The nudity? The lesbianism?
I am excited about the queer visibility that this movie promotes although it has been argued that the scene may cheapen that visibility. Read More