This isn't really a question, more of a gush of feelings! I found AfterEllen when I was starting to realise I was gay and subsequently not dealing well. But you all helped me understand that what I was (a massive lesbo) was not wrong, and that it didn't make me any less of a person. Seeing that there were people out there like me helped so much, so I just want to say thank you!
No thank you! That makes me so happy to hear. I can totally relate because when I was first coming out, reading AE helped me cope. We love you and appreciate you and you are a fantastic full person.
How did you get started with AE? Did you stumble across it one day as a young gay lady, or find a hilarious vlog, or maybe you were looking around for your favorite show, tell us a story
I started reading AE years ago when I was coming out in college and spent a lot of time on the internet being vaguely sad and reading blogs by lesbians. Then last year I send in some writing samples and was like ‘You should hire me’. I didn’t hear back for a couple months, then when AE got the site redesign in August Trish emailed me and asked for some sample articles. I remember being super excited and the article I sent in was about Boy Scouts and I think the intro line got me this gig. Something like ‘Boy Scouts is finally allowing gay members, which is great news for young boys who like to wear vests’.
I’m supposed to vlog for AE and am relatively funny but I don’t have time to do or learn editing/techy stuff so its fallen by the wayside. If anyone in LA wants to be my sidekick hit me up. OMG WE COULD HAVE A CONTEST.
Tonight I will answer whatever questions because I’m staying in alone on a Friday night LIKE A COOL PERSON and if you don’t want to see the responses, just ignore them, I’ll stop tomorrow.
Chloe is your sexuality fluid? How do you identify?
Heyy. AfterEllen has several fantastic sexually fluid & bisexual writers like Marcie and Sarah.
I, Chloe, am not sexually fluid. I identify as gay and/or lesbian. I think all sorts of sexualities- fluid, bi, pan, gay, queer, etc- are rad and respect everyone’s choice. However, as a gay woman, I personally dislike it when others insist that female sexuality is always fluid. My sexuality (PERSONALLY) is not fluid and I am only attracted to women.
So to sum up if you’re sexually fluid RAD if you’re solely interested in women RAD everyone is RAD as long as they respect everyone else. AE has lots of ULTRA RAD sexually fluid, bisexual, and pansexual writers. I happen to be gay all the way all day.
OK, look, I’m just going to be honest with you. I’ve seen the first episode of the second season of Orphan Black, and there is literally no way to prepare you for it.
BUT I love you guys, so I will try. I have been collecting posts and interviews and clips all week, and have enough tidbits to tide you over until tomorrow night. A lot has happened since my last information roundup; BBC America’s social media team does not mess around. If I ever go missing, send THEM the BOLO, they’ll get the message out faster and wider than any police force.
April is National Poetry Month, and since there is never enough celebration of poetry in the world, this week’s Huddle is dedicated to our favorite poets. Poetry is so personal that it was inevitable we’d all have different picks, and yours will likely differ, too. I, Chloe, am a Yeats girl. What about you?
You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for the writers of Parenthood to write a gay character into the show. NO IDEA. In fact, a few years ago, in a New Years entertainment AfterEllen Huddle wish list, I listed “a gay character on Parenthood” as my only wish for 2011. Three years later, my wish has been granted. Cue the acoustic lady jams and move the Tegan and Sara poster from Amber’s room, seems Haddie is coming out of hiding, and with her, she’s bringing a girlfriend.
At first we see Haddie on her flight from the east coast. Thinking she’s alone, she taps an unfamiliar girl next to her, to lean over her and look out the window. Except, we do know that girl! It’s Tavi Gevinson of Rookie fame! I’m with you, she is an odd choice for any acting roll, and I had no idea she was college aged yet, but indeed she is, I checked. As for Haddie, as she walks up to her childhood home to the WELCOME BACK HADDIE sign being hung across the front entrance, it seems she’s looking hotter, collegian, and slightly more Clea Duvall in a pantsuit. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, she introduces Lauren to her parents as her “super awesome best friend.” Seems we have a story arc to uphold.
Out producer Megan Ellison is bringing the sapphic lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to the small screen.
The yet-to-be titled TV series will be financed by Ellison’s Annapura Pictures—the production company behind last year’s multiple Oscar nominated American Hustle—and written by Angela Robinson (The L Word, D.E.B.S., True Blood, Girl Trash) and Alex Kondracke (Hung).
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
in high school I kept a battered copy of ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ in my locker until it fell apart and memorized the final page. When I felt overwhelmed or restless in college, I would reach for the taped together copy. RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote about living so vividly.