Autostraddle Calendar Girls 2012: Julie & Brandy are April, Stacee is May!

Happy April! Uhhh, I mean May! OR BOTH! Alright, we skipped a month. Some things happened, like Dinah Shore and you know how these things go, right? We have remorse… but also we have a TOTALLY AWESOME combined double-video for April/May, hand-crafted by the magical Kelli Griggs because we would never leave you hangin’ gurl.

Now that I got you all hot and sweaty, don’t skip down to the video just yet… here’s some stuff you need to know:

You can buy our 2011 calendar for $15.
Also, if you missed any previous posts/videos:
Kelli & Ashley are January/February and
Luna & Michelle are March.

Some background: this is Round Three of Autostraddle’s Lesbian Calendar Girls: talented, smart, charismatic, geeky and really-really-good-looking lesbianisty ladies. We make this calendar for you because you all really need to cut it out with your crushes on straight girls, this shit is out of hand, the last thing you need is 12 months of whatever Maxim & FHM come up with. REAL LIVE LESBIANS!

This year we’re going to give you a video every month and just a few teases of what the actual photos will look like, so the Calendar will be chock-full of surprises. Are you excited? WE’RE EXCITED.

Our ladies of April and May are:

Autostraddle Lesbian Calendar Girls April May 2012
Brandy Howard [April]: Brandy Howard is the actress/model/writer who co-stars in the internet’s greatest webseries, “Julie and Brandy in Your Box Office” and the greatest movie never made, The Nicest Thing. In addition to her work as Ima Chickenwoman, the superheroine of Taco Bell’s Super Delicious Ingredient Force, Brandy has appeared in beer commercials for just about every brand of beer on the market. You may have also spotted her in film or TV appearances including Automatic, Just Shoot Me, Pandemic and Ditching Party.

Julie Goldman [April]: Julie Goldman is an actress/comedian/writer who co-stars in the internet’s greatest webseries, “Julie and Brandy in Your Box Office” and the greatest movie never made, The Nicest Thing. In addition to her work spreading offensive laughter to large groups of lesbians on cruise ships all around the globe, Julie Goldman starred in Logo’s groundbreaking mega-hit series, The Big Gay Sketch Show. Julie’s been on your screen doing stand-up on LOGO, VH1 and Comedy Central or doing acting in The Sopranos, Out at the Wedding and The D Word.

Stacee Coleman [May]: A music maven, Stacee has been a prominent radio disc jockey, a DJ (for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew no less), worked five years licensing songs, and continues to use her music publishing and licensing skills at her own company as the Vice President of Creative.

autostraddle lesbian calendar girls april may 2012

From top left to bottom right:
Stacee [May ’12] gets a little love from Jess [upcoming Sept ’12]; an awesome wall of records in the studio; Robin and a feline creature; Stacee [miss may!] hamming-it-up for the camera, our awesome film crew Kelli Griggs [Jan ’11] and Miss April ’11 Sarah Croce.
Photographer Robin Roemer & Stylist Sara Medd

Photographer Robin Roemer & Stylist Sara Medd

Here’s Robin & Sara to explain a bit more about this year’s theme:

The 2012 Autostraddle Calendar is our interpretation of the idea of a “lesbian image” without the traditional presentational definers of gender and sexual identity – when we (literally) strip away clothing, what do our naked selves communicate about who we are?

The 2011 calendar was about solo portraits of women who are brilliant, beautiful and courageous on and off camera; 2012 is about the amazing and vibrant community of queer women.

We sought to do something different this year by creating dramatic scenes and having the models interact with each other. We loved the idea of playing with identity in the form of masks, and the power that comes from choosing what to reveal and what to keep hidden.

Be prepared to see lots of skin this year in the 2012 calendar – but remember that it’s what we choose not to show that sometimes gives the most away.

We photographed a group of beautiful and diverse queer women both poolside and on various studio sets in Los Angeles. We’re excited for the monthly Behind the Scenes videos, where Autostraddlers can meet our sexy and inspiring calendar girls. (This being possible thanks to Videographer/Video Editor Kelli Griggs and Music Supervisor Stacee Coleman).

We hope you enjoy meeting the girls as much as we did!

Thanks to all of the amazing stylists, the production team members, and of course our brave and beautiful models.

We hope you love the results and look forward to purchasing your own 2012 calendar later this year in support of the project and of

Your devoted producers,
Robin & Sara
(Photographer & Stylist)

So here it is!
We present the Autostraddle Calendar Girl Behind-the-Scenes video for April and May:

Special Note: As of December 2010, there will be no talking shit about anything in the comments on calendar girls posts. Direct concerns about the project or website as a whole can be directed to robin at autostraddle dot com or riese at autostraddle dot com.

Why? Well, we’re committed to making Autostraddle a safe place for progressive debate, but since you’re not allowed to say negative things about a woman’s body anywhere on this website, there’s really no on-topic argument to be had here. These girls are half-naked and gay, and they’re saying so on the internet in a public place, which is pretty fucking sweet — they’ve dealt with the same feelings of discrimination and difference that you have, been told that what their body wants is wrong. But everybody’s body is right. You are all beautiful, just some of you haven’t realized that yet.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, your comment will be deleted! SORRY!

xoxo the editors

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Robin specializes in entertainment, lifestyle and portrait photography. She's also a Creative Producer, Director of Photography and co-owner of Scheme Machine Studios LLC, her production company based in Los Angeles. Robin loves shooting for TV and film and has worked with media companies like Legendary Pictures and Viacom. She shot and directed the Pride campaign for Google called #ThisIsFamily. Robin has had the pleasure of working on national campaigns for companies like Dove and Levis, and had the unique opportunity to shoot for non-profits and initiatives such as The Black List, Save the Children, Move to End Violence, Have a Hart Day, and The Clinton Global Initiative. She is most proud of the work she has done with organizations such as The Ad Council and RAINN working on national impact campaigns. Her celebrity roster includes Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The B-52s, Keri Hilson, JB Smoove, Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho, The B-52’s, Andreja Pejic, and many more. She was there for Autostraddle’s birth and proudly served as A-Camp co-director for many years.

Robin has written 82 articles for us.


  1. I think Stacee is my favourite so far. She is HILARIOUS. Hilarity is hot. And also like…I love autostraddle ’cause they show people like me and Stacee is like me! If that makes sense!? FEELINGS.

  2. “We make this calendar for you because you all really need to cut it out with your crushes on straight girls, this shit is out of hand”
    It’s too late, I’m in love with Brandy Howard

    • i don’t even have an actual crush on her i was just sad when i learned she’s not gay bc… idk. i just wanted her to be gay. i guess i just get excited when cool people are gay, and i assumed she was just based on… everything i’d seen/read about her? but i should simply be excited that there are cool people at all. and it’s good to be yourself. :-)

        • haha aw it’s great either way :-) i just felt sort of kindred to you and it’s fun when you relate to someone and then they’re gay too… if you’re gay i mean. but it’s fun to relate to anybody!

        • I find it hard to believe that you and Julie haven’t gotten it on. I mean, you spend so much time together presumably?
          How can you resist that much wit combined with that much sexy!? HMMM!?

        • Brandy that’s cuz you haven’t met me YET. Wait… we’ve met… and you may or may not have laid on my bed… #workingonitfortheteam

          • *giant eye roll*

            Just kidding, we love you and your celebrity-wowing eyes Sarah.

  3. I would like to date Julie and Brandy. Both of them. Julie will make jokes and Brandy will bring Nacho and I will cook Mac & Cheese and we will be the happiest lesbogays in all the land.

  4. The magical forces of the internet are incredible. I’m not even sure you guys exist in real life. It’s all CGI. The internet: it’s MAGIC.

  5. Julie Goldman is my number one crush this year. Srsly how awesome does she have to be


    Stacee, I am YO fan.

    Julie and Brandy, just sexy. I AM YO GROUPIESSSSS.

    Sara Medd, Can I smang it?

    Robin, I just wanna be in YO CIRCLE.

    Luna loves you.

    • agreed. all kinds of badass will be on backorder for months because it all got funneled into this. this entire post has caused the collapse of the badassery market.

      GODDAMNIT AUTOSTRADDLE. too cool for your own good.

  7. Medd… AMAZING JOB! Robyn… AMAZING JOB! Kelli… AMAZING JOB! Thanks for letting me be apart of this…. supa cool!!!

    also…. MISS MAY IS SO HOT :)

  8. Yeee calendar video! :D
    Looks like the calendar is gonna be hella epic, can’t wait.



    (ragdoll, stop trying to make BRANDY HOWARD SIDEBOOB happen! It’s not going to happen!)

  10. When I first read the blurb I thought it said Julie was going to have her shirt off and I got really excited. I’m not sure how I misread it like that. I may have been projecting my wishes onto you, Autostraddle. I’m sorry.

  11. [femme moment] Julie’s makeup is impeccable in that shoot. I love how they did her eyes. [/femme moment]

    • Julie Goldman In Eyeliner has really changed how I feel about eyeliner. There’s a lot of processing that still needs to happen there, I have a lot of feelings now. Feel free to step in anytime on that, you guys.

  12. Great job everybody (Robyn, Sarah, Kelli, Alex, etc)!! The pictures look so far and we are super excited to be a part of it.

    Brandy wants everyone to know that she was on lots of xanax in order to cope with side-boobage.

    Julie wants everyone to know that she was on lots of xanax in order to cope with Brandy’s side boobage.

    Yay! This thing is so dope!

    • I was about to ask- was Brandy on drugs in the video or just tired? and then by magic you answered my question.

      Sideboob is totally sexo, I hope you get the job at QVC (I wonder if anybody else is going to get the podcast reference, awkward…)

    • :( kinda sad that it was an anxiety inducing thing.

      both women are really hot fully clothed (& therefore wouldn’t have had to be doped to deal with lesbian photoshoot). #mytwocents

      • It doesn’t necessarily have to do with hotness. I mean, we usually wear clothes in public. Not wearing clothes in public and having a lady, however nice, take photos of you can provoke anxiety regardless of how hot or not you think you are!

  13. I fucking love you guys so much (especially Robin but the rest of you too).

  14. I call Brandy’s right boob as my spirit animal.
    That sounded less creepy before I typed it.

    • confucius say: be not crestfallen, for such a notion is simply a toaster oven in the making

  15. I used to have an imaginary friend named Stacee and I’m pretty sure you don’t really exist.

  16. “there will be no talking shit about anything in the comments on calendar girls posts.”

    Sad really, that that even has to be said.

  17. Julie, Julie, my femme heart just melted. I can’t say anything coherent, OMG JULIE IN THAT TUX.

    That is all.

  18. Stacee. DANG. May 2012 is burning up!

    As an aside, I work for myself and my official start time is 10:15 as well. Nobody needs to call me before then.

    • Whether I roll into work at 8:30am or 9am, 10:15 is when my caffeine:blood ratio reaches an acceptable level to start work.

  19. I so look forward to these posts!

    You all shouldn’t stop at calendars; all these women are so fucking sexy AND fun AND charming that they should all have their own TV series or something. You could move them all into that house and film them having wacky adventures. Like The Monkees, only with being awesome instead of making records (or maybe being awesome WHILE making records!).

  20. just watched all the calender movies and omg all these girls are so hot&cute&queer&justwow.. 2012 will be amazing :D

  21. “im the boss so…i check out facebook for about an hour, im just being real” stacee “we are diva little bitches” julie singing

    everyone amazing! thank you!

  22. So, every single person in this video is totally awesome and hot-hot-hot-hot! Also, Stacee has the most amazing laugh and smile. :) Makes my head spin. :) Sigh.

  23. Kel, once again, AMAZING job on this video!!!! You make us look all glamorous and shit ;)

    also, these 3 ladies are some of my very favorites in real life and they are each incredibly talented and beautiful and hilarious!! Glad you are all enjoying this tiny glimpse into their awesomeness!!

    <3 my autostraddlers and thanks for all of your support and love!!!

  24. I really need to order this calendar. I feel it is the least I can do, as the 2011 calendar posts are probably like 50% responsible for making my mind figure out I like girls. And I love Autostraddle. And all the women in these shoots so far are really hot and I need to own the calendar pictures of them like asap.

  25. What do I have to do to model? I’m loving the theme of the shoots, and the fact that you are shooting real women. I’m really interested in being a part of this movement.

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