The “To L and Back” Live Podcast With The L Word®: Generation Q Cast is Here

It’s time for the podcast you’ve all been waiting for: “To L and Back” Live in L.A. With The L Word®: Generation Q Cast: an Autostraddle x SHOWTIME® Event!” We had an incredible time on Wednesday making this particular work of lesbian art come to fruition, and you’ll get a FULL EVENT RECAP from us later this week which’ll include pictures of your shiny happy faces! Here we are after the recording, also feeling shiny and happy!

The hosts of "TO L and Back" pose with the cast of Generation Q after the live podcast.

Carly Usdin, Riese Bernard, Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, Rosanny Zayas

Recorded at the LA LGBT Center with an audience of ~200 delightful humans, Carly and Riese talk to Jacqueline Toboni (Finley), Leo Sheng (Micah), Rosanny Zayas (Sophie) and Arienne Mandi (Dani) about filming sex scenes, L Word origin stories, riding losing winning, falling in love with your best friend, on-set shenanigans, fan fiction, fangirling and so much more! Plus: use code AUTOSTRADDLE at for a 30 day free trial of SHOWTIME®!

As we announced at the show, we’re going to be taking the next eight weeks off of your regularly scheduled “To L and Back” original series recap podcast and in its place you will find a “Generation Q” podcast, hosted by Analyssa Lopez and Drew Gregory. Analyssa is a self-appointed “pop culture lesbian” working in television as a creative executive whose interests include tv criticism, celesbian gossip, and crossword puzzles. Drew is a writer, filmmaker, and theatremaker you may know from her work writing on Autostraddle, Bright Wall/Dark Room and Thrillist, among others. We’re all very excited for the unique perspective they’ll bring to the table in my kitchen. This week’s Gen Q podcast will debut Thursday because Karen can only do so many things in one day, but in subsequent weeks you can expect it to turn up on Mondays as usual.

I will be recapping Generation Q in print right here on this website and will see you back on the pod on February 3rd! We hope you love this very special episode as much as we loved making it for you.

Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of 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 2794 articles for us.


  1. Riese and Carly, you will be missed. Looking forward to rest of season 3 in February – well really the Riese and Carly part, not the actual season 3 part, you know?

    However, super excited to go on this Gen Q journey with Drew and Anna. Love the shake up and the fresh perspective for a fresh series. A great move!

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