This was a deadly year for queer TV characters. We really needed this.
Hello! I’m super excited to see your face today because I’m home with Baby T. Rex and don’t remember what it’s like to socialize with a grown-up human. Come chill on the sofa with me and tell me what’s up in the world outside my living room!
See the Earth rise, ghost stories reveal a lot of weird shit about America’s past, miscarriage sure is shit, lesbian vampires some more, Melissa Etheridge, a spider’s life and then its death, problematics, Meredith Graves, and so much more!
Arimah’s short story grapples with grief, immigration, neo-imperialism, and our never-ending obsession with defining ourselves by countries and borders; all the while telling a cross-continental African lesbian love story.
This summer we saw the release of a new iconic lesbian film starring four women who are just perfect for a group costume this year. That movie is Suicide Kale.
“It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern.”
No women won the Nobel Prize, on women’s privacy and how Elena Ferrante got doxxed, how witches are a way to write about women’s power, lesbian YA covers through the years and more.
“We deserve to have art that is by us and for us and is us being complicated and depicting all our lives as they are, without simplifying or reassuring.”
It’s surprisingly beautiful for a game that features multiple beheadings.
Why is that people of colour have to bear the brunt of speaking out about racism while white people enjoy the privilege of remaining silent? What happens when the tables are turned?
Plus the trailer for the final season of Black Sails, a sweet interview with Tig Notaro about motherhood, Samantha Bee’s personal Vagina Monologue, Abby Wambach’s inexplicable USMNT commentary, a new Kate Moennig movie and more pop culture news!
“Not even a week ago we were reporting on the murder of another Black trans woman, Jazz Alford, and now, here we are again. I’m extremely sorry to report that this time her name is Brandi Bledsoe, and she was 32 years old and she was from Cleveland, Ohio.”
AfterEllen is a part of a legacy of brilliant publications created by passionate lesbian, queer and bisexual women that unfortunately no longer exist, but were cool for a while.
“Art made by and for marginalized people is vital. It allows us to connect our experiences with others and empowers us by showing us that we are not alone. G.L.O.S.S. resonated with so many trans women because their songs reflected a lived experience which validated our own.”
These women are running for open seats in elections pitting them against Republicans or are fighting like hell to overthrow incumbent Republicans. That matters!
There are so many things you can queer your life with: chokers, buttons, zines, prints, coffee mugs, shirts! Everything you can’t find at a thrift store, you can find on Etsy.
That’s it! That’s the year 2016!
Also, Tegan and Sara crawl out of the cabbage patch and Brittani Nichols joins Samira and Lauren’s wedding procession.
The masses of queer, Latinx, women and feminist comics fans have finally been heard and our chants are answered. We cheered for her. America America America. And she responded America yes.
“But those walls don’t just break down when you stop needing them, and suddenly what was keeping you safe is now hindering personal development. It blows. It’s a whole process of demolition and rebuilding and relearning what all these feelings are, and it is awful and glorious in equal turns.”