The “To L and Back” L Word®: Generation Q Podcast Event Was So Much Fun

On Wednesday, December 4th —a day that started out rainy, and eventually settled into a chill mist — queers and allies assembled their bodies into seats in rows in a theater at the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center to witness a spectacular event of epic scale: a live recording of Autostraddle’s number one hit podcast “To L and Back” featuring the stars of The L Word Generation Q: Jacqueline Toboni (Finley), Arienne Mandi (Dani), Leo Sheng (Micah) and Rosanny Zayas (Sophie).

The Show

The "To L and Back" hosts Carly Usdin and Riese Bernard sit next to each other on stage. Carly is wearing black jeans and a chambray shirt, and Riese is wearing a blue, red, and white striped dress.

“To L and Back” hosts Carly Usdin and Riese Bernard

Carly and Riese on stage next to Arienne Mandi (Dani), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Jacqueline Toboni (Finley). The screen in the background has the logo for "The L Word: Generation Q" projected onto it.

Carly and Riese on stage next to Arienne Mandi (Dani), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Jacqueline Toboni (Finley)

The cast of Generation Q sits on stage. From left to right: Arienne Mandi (Dani), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Jacqueline Toboni (Finley).
Arienne Mandi (Dani), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Jacqueline Toboni (Finley)
Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Jacqueline Toboni (Finley) sit next to each other on stage. Jacqueline is speaking into a microphone while Rosanny looks at her and smiles.

“The only out girl at my high school gave me a gift — sophomore year, it was my birthday, I was NOT out. And I was like, ‘wow this is so nice, you did not have to do this.’ And I opened it and it was the Season One box set of The L Word. And she was like, ‘just until you figure it out.’… When I got this show I sent her a message and was like, ‘this is all because of you. Thank you.’

Jacqueline Toboni on her introduction to “The L Word.”
Arienne Mandi and Leo Sheng sit next to each other on stage. They are both laughing.

“I would watch all the channels while my Dad wasn’t home. So one day I’m scrolling and I find The L Word and it happens to be one of the scenes were it’s like, full vadge, and my Dad just walks in and I’m there like literally two feet away from the TV with the remote in my hand, like I SWEAR IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.”

Arienne Mandi on watching “The L Word” for the first time
Rosanny Zayas and Jacqueline Toboni sit next to each other on stage. Rosanny is speaking into the microphone and Jacqueline is looking at her and listening intently.

“I was just like… ‘damn, my Mom’s gonna see my tits on TV.’ … Then I was like ‘eh, she knows what they look like.'”

Rosanny Zayas on Generation Q’s sex scenes
Arienne Mandi and Leo Sheng sit next to each other on stage. They are both smiling and looking to their right.

“For me, going from being a social work student at Michigan to sitting at a fucking table read for a Showtime series?? What?”

Leo Sheng on joining the cast

At the end of the show, we introduced the Generation Q podcast hosts, Drew Gregory and Analyssa Lopez….

Drew Gregory and Analyssa Lopez stand on stage.

…and all took some photographs together as a family…

A group photo. From left to right: Carly Usdin, Riese Bernard, Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, and Rosanny Zayas

Then it was time to venture into the courtyard!

The After-Party

We had drinks…

A photo of the drink menu with L Word-themed drinks, propped up next to a lit candle and bottles of liquor.

…and swag…

Two people standing behind a merch table with a pink tablecloth with the logo for "The L Word: Generation Q" printed on it. The person on the left is wearing all black, and has long dark hair and bangs. The person on the right is also wearing all black and has short auburn hair. Both are looking at the camera and smiling.

…and food…

A photo of the food table, featuring multiple different meat and cheese plates.

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Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2842 articles for us.

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