“To L and Back” Gen Q Podcast Episode 102

Welcome to the second Generation Q episode of “To L and Back”! In case you missed our first episode that dropped last Thursday, I’ll be taking over hosting duties with fellow gay and proud member of Generation Q, Analyssa Lopez! 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.

Last week we checked in on our old favorites (Bette Porter isn’t cheating, but is simply the person someone else cheated with? I’d call that growth!) and met TWO new generations of queers! This week we’re joined by noted L Word scholar, regular To L and Back co-host, Editor-In-Chief, CEO, CFO, and Co-Founder of this website, and person whose living room we record in each week: Riese Bernard!

Listen as we learn more about Alice and Nat’s past, meet Sophie’s family, and watch Micah use a gift card and have sex! It’s a big night for Micah!

Do we discuss issues of representation around trans lesbians, trans sex, and Latinx families? Yes. Do we discuss high-waisted pants and threesomes? Also yes. Just like the Alice show we do it all!

My Notes (for 101 and 102):

+ Watch Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne fall in love
+ The bartender here finally broke up with her boyfriend and probably wants her bike back!!
+ You can now watch Adam for yourself. I can’t promise you’ll love it, but I can promise you’ll love Leo Sheng!
+ The Trans Symposium on Lisa that I shamelessly plugged: The L Word’s Lisa The Lesbian-Identified Man: A Trans Symposium
+ Riese’s 102 recap that she came on the show to promote
+ You can now watch original L Word pilot director Rose Troche’s indie debut Go Fish for free here
+ Los Angeles queer dance party Gay Asstrology
+ Even The New Yorker is writing about high-waisted pants!
+ Check out this article about Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party
+ When was the last time you watched the Bette/Candace jail scene?
+ We still don’t know if Jillian Mercado’s character is queer but she is!
+ Janet Mock on why she started #GirlsLikeUs
+ Read this great piece from Mey Rude about The L Word‘s exclusion of trans women
+ If you have HBO Go you can watch Snow Angels, the movie where I fell in love with Olivia Thirlby. But WARNING it’s depressing and I haven’t seen it since 2009 so who knows!
+ Preview clip of Friday Chamberlain in Bit
+ Alix Olson, the poet Micah reads at the engagement party
+ Follow me and Analyssa on Twitter!
+ Follow me and Analyssa on Instagram!

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Drew Burnett Gregory

Drew is a Brooklyn-based writer, filmmaker, and theatremaker. She is a Senior Editor at Autostraddle with a focus in film and television, sex and dating, and politics. Her writing can also be found at Bright Wall/Dark Room, Cosmopolitan UK, Refinery29, Into, them, and Knock LA. She was a 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Notable Writer and a 2023 Lambda Literary Screenwriting Fellow. She is currently working on a million film and TV projects mostly about queer trans women. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Okay I’m definitely being too optimistic here, but I was hoping that the plot direction would be that Shane doesn’t hook up with Lena because she’s taken with Tess – either romantically or just as an *excellent* person to run a bar. Like maybe Shane buys the bar, hooks up with Lena, everything blows up, but the end result is Shane and Tess run this bar together and Lena goes onto a different show or something. I mean…this is JAIME CLAYTON we’re talking about. I’m being too optimistic. But you do not want to send her out after a four episode arc. You want her running your new lesbian bar. You want her to be the Kit Porter to the lesbian bar version of the Planet.

    • I don’t think this is unrealistic! I do still think Shane and Lena will hook up, but it’s not like fucking Shane has ever ensured someone sticks around for very long.

      It’d be great if the season ended with Lena gone and Tess in full Kit mode ready to be a major character in future seasons.

  2. This may be kind of niche- but if you all continue to have guests on every now and then- is there a possibility of having KC and Elka on?

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