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Friday, 5 February 2016

NEW LGBTQ Music: Smoke Season

by Lauren W

And now, for something a little different.

I have no idea whether or not any of the members of this band are LGBT or Q. Then why am I labelling this post "LGBTQ music", you say?

The music video for Smoke Season's single "Loose" is LGBTQ-themed. Well, it's less LGBT "themed" and more SUPER F*CKING GAY.

It deals with some serious themes including suicide and bullying, so consider that your trigger warning.

Seriously though, give it a watch. It's beautifully acted and directed, and the song is really great too.

Smoke Season's Official Website:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016


PALM SPRINGS, CA - Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson is about to tear the decks at the biggest lesbian event in the planet of its kind: The Dinah.

She’s selling out clubs around the world and has become celebrities’ “it” girl when it comes to putting the needle on the hottest records and keeping the beat going at their private parties.  Samantha Ronson is one female DJ who can seriously throw it down.
Mariah Hanson, founder and producer of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, has confirmed that The Dinah 2016 (March 30 – April 3) will feature one of the most respected and best-known DJs in the lesbian community as Samantha Ronson guest-deejays the event.

“Samantha Ronson is one of the premiere celebrity DJ's, but she's also the real deal.  Our crowd is going to be blown away at her talent, energy and presence.  I've wanted to book her for years so for me, it's an extra bonus that I am finally able to headline her at The Dinah,” comments Hanson.

Making a music career as a professional DJ was never farfetched for the London native.

Samantha Ronson comes from a significant artistic lineage. Her stepdad is Mick Jones, the legendary guitarist of the iconic rock band Foreigner; her brother, Mark Ronson, is a Grammy Award-winning producer famously credited with making Amy Winehouse a household name; and her sister is a famous fashion designer. 

With plenty of talent to go around in her family, the Venice-based artist holds her own DJing the biggest parties and clubs all around the world. Her electrifying live set will leave you wanting more as she pushes her sound, along with the crowd to the limit.

Ask the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ellen DeGeneres, Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Jay-Z, and Lionel Richie, to name a few, who solicited Ronson’s extraordinary DJ chops.

What an accomplishment for someone who fell into DJing by chance. With her finger on the pulse of today’s hottest tracts, she’s quickly risen through the ranks in this heavily male-dominated industry, and carries now a professional dossier that certifiably rivals some of her better-known male DJ counterparts.

Ronson has spun live for MTV’s New Year’s Eve show from the network’s studios in Times Square, as well as at the Super Bowl, Pan American Games, Sundance, Cannes Film Festival, the VMA’s and AMA’s (among others) and has helped push the music scene forward, perpetuating the growing movement of women behind the decks.
Next to DJing, Ronson also enjoys a passion for singing. In 2003, she became the first rock act to be signed to rapper Jay-Z's label, Roc-A-Fella Records. She released a handful of songs with Roc-A-Fella - one of which was featured in the cult-classic film "Mean Girls.”
Whether it is DJing or dabbling in other creative fields, Ronson hardly ever stops. Today she continues to work her magic on the dancefloor and to bring something different to the turntables.
Don’t miss her live Dinah DJ set … she’ll bring a whole new ballgame to the table!

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Monday, 1 February 2016




Palm Springs, CA – She’s dominating the airwaves and ruling the Billboard charts with her foot-stompin’ hit single “Exs & Ohs”, but Elle King’s world domination has only just begun. She just received her first Grammy Nominations in not one but two categories “Best Rock Performance” and “Best Rock Song.” The platinum blonde with the free-spirited personality, loads of rad tattoos and the perfect rebel attitude to go with it has already become a household name.

Now the self-described soulful rock’n roll artist who plays lots of banjo and a mean guitar is set to conquer the largest lesbian event in the world with a headlining performance at the epic Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, CA.

Elle King is having more than a breakout year. A force to be reckoned with, her sound shook up the music scene with her bluesy pop/rock anthem to ‘badass bitches’ (her words), “Exs & Ohs,” the lead single off of her 2015 debut album “Love Stuff.”

“Ex’s & Oh’s” was recently certified platinum by the RIAA, and has topped the radio charts at #1 at 3 formats - Alternative, AAA and Hot AC. “Ex’s & Oh’s” has been Top 10 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart for the last 10 weeks, #1 on the iTunes Alternative Songs Chart for 13 weeks, #1 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart for 8 weeks and #4 most viral track of 2015 on Spotify.

The Brooklyn-based rock, blues-pop singer made history when her infectiously catchy rockabilly single hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Chart – making her the second woman in two decades to achieve that feat (the other artist being Lorde with her 2013 tune “Royals”).

Raised on everyone from AC/DC to Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton, the sexy sassy blonde with that raspy voice a la Janis Joplin, blends blues, country, rock, soul, and honky-tonk into a sound that’s uniquely Elle.
She’s arrived and is definitely here to stay. But King’s music reign didn’t happen overnight, and she’s certainly paid her dues!

After years of playing small gigs in New York City when she was only sixteen, the Ohio-raised singer finally landed a major record deal with RCA in 2012. She released the critically acclaimed “The Elle King EP,” which produced the single “Playing for Keeps” that was picked up as the theme to VH1’s “Mob Wives Chicago,” and made her broadcast television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Entertainment Weekly just named Elle King “Rock’s New Badass,” and she has been described by The New York Times as “a sassy, hard-drinking, love-’em-and-leave-’em hellion with bad tattoos and a broad pedigree across rock, pop and country. She has Adele’s determination and Joan Jett’s stomp, Brenda Lee’s high-voiced bite and some AC/DC shriek," and she has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, and many more.   

She debuted “Ex’s & Oh’s” on Late Night with Seth Meyers and has also performed on the season finale of Dancing with The Stars, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today Show, Late Late Show with James Corden, Live with Kelly and Michael, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Talk and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live, and VH1 Big in 2015, in support of her debut LOVE STUFF which has received overwhelming critical acclaim. 

Who else names her debut album after a sex shop in Florida (true story), picks up the banjo (of all instruments) after seeing a cute boy in Philly play it, and then writes her first real song on it, which got her signed?
She’s toured with James Bay and Ed Sheeran, appeared at festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and sold out her first two headlining tours.

Elle King oozes the kind of raw talent that is charismatic and leaves you wanting more; it’s electrifying and undeniably best experienced live!

 Don’t miss her Dinah performance. If 2015 was the year she conquered, there’s already every indication that 2016 will be the year King will rule the music world!

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Saturday, 30 January 2016


Want to win 2 tickets for you and a friend to the Dinah Shore Weekend?

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All Things Lesbian is working with BlogNation and the Dinah to give away 2 tickets for spring break.

And guess what... Entry is FREE!

So what do you have to do?

Send your name, age, and address to with your answer to the follow question:

If you win two tickets to the Dinah, what would be your best pick up line?

Of course, there are no wrong answers, but just remember we are looking for two things: originality and humour.

So what are you waiting for?

I mentioned that it's free to enter, right!? Email us now! (Competition closes February 29th, 2016).

Monday, 9 November 2015

Top 20 Gorgeous Women 2015

by Lauren W

So way back on September 1st, lesbian favourite posted their Hot 100 Women as chosen by the readers.

However, you only have to go as far as the comments at the bottom of the results page to realise that a lot of ladies felt as though Ruby Rose was given the number one spot unfairly. (I should let you know that the AE writers and editors insist that Ruby's position was given to her because she got the most votes.) Either way, I'm not a particularly massive fan of her's either, and I certainly did not vote for her, regardless of whether hundreds of other lesbians did.

As a matter of fact, I only voted for about 4 women because I hit the "enter" button prematurely in excitement and my vote was spoiled. (Sad face.)

Every year bar 2014, I have compiled a list of my personal favourite 20 women (10 votes just isn't enough), and have posed it to the readers of ATL for them to mull it over.

As always, I must reiterate that these ladies are my personal preferences. I am absolutely not going out of my way to discriminate on grounds of race, sexuality, gender identity, etc. What can I say? People are attracted to who they're attracted to.

So, without further rambling, here are my top 20 picks!

#20: Kerry Washington (AfterEllen Place: #100).

Known For: Scandal, Django Unchained, Ray.

Why She's On My List: Okay, so Kerry only barely made my list at number 20, but she slid in by the skin of her teeth on AfterEllen's list at #100! Anyway, I'm obsessed with her. She's gorgeous, for one thing, but she's also one of the most talented actresses on TV right now. Not only that, but she's a huge ally. If you missed her amazing Vanguard award acceptance speech about LGBT rights at the GLAAD awards this year, get yourself caught up by clicking HERE.

#19: Michelle Rodriguez (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: Avatar, The Fast and The Furious, Machete.

Why She's On My List: I was kinda surprised that Rodriguez didn't make AE's list this year. I mean, she dated P.Y.T. Cara Delevigne for Christ's sake! Recently when on vacation in Egypt, an Arabic TV station was showing Machete, and I just couldn't help but re-watch it... And all my feelings for Michelle came rushing back. Man, I'm a sucker for a woman with a (fake) gun wearing jean shorts.

#18: Rochelle Aytes (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: Mistresses, White Chicks, Criminal Minds.

Why She's On My List: When the US remake of Mistresses came to the fore, I watched it because I am a long-time Alyssa Milano fan girl. Clearly, I was happily surprised to find that the beautiful Rochelle was equally (if not more) crush-worthy. We've seen her co-stars (Yunjin Kim who plays Karen, and Jes Macallan who plays Joss) get into some girl-on-girl action, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm refusing to tune back into Mistresses until Aytes gets some of the female sugar.

#17: Famke Janssen (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: X-Men, Hemlock Grove, Goldeneye.

Why She's On My List: She's been on my radar of smoking hot women ever since she played the trans character Ava on Ryan Murphy's medical drama Nip/Tuck. However, most recently, this Dutch beauty has been playing Viola Davis' lover in Shondaland show How To Get Away With Murder, and that made me remember why I've loved her for all these years. Oh, and she's super hot as Jean Grey in the X-Men movies, too.

#16: Portia de Rossi (AE Place: #66).

Known For: Scandal, Ally McBeal, Arrested Development.

Why She's On My List: Does Portia ever really age? I'll give you a clue: no. I've been a fan of Portia's ever since my pre-pubescent brain secretly stayed up way past her bedtime to watch Ally McBeal on VHS. I've recently been re-watching the entire series actually, and I still love Portia as Nelle Porter. More recently, I've been loving her in equal amounts as the perfectly-coiffed Elizabeth North in Scandal. She's an underrated dramatic and comedic actress and she's hot as hell. How could I not include her on here?

#15: Katie Lowes (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: Scandal, Transformers, Wreck-It Ralph.

Why She's On My List: I promise that there are no more Scandal actresses on this list... Look, I don't know what it is about Lowes that makes me want to jump her bones. Maybe it's because she's hot as balls playing a spy/assassin on Scandal. Maybe it's because she's so often overshadowed by the likes of Kerry Washington and isn't given enough gritty material. Maybe it's just those thighs. I don't know. Whatever it is, I'm glad that Katie isn't only known for her voice acting these days.

#14: Kate Winslet (AE Place: #77).

Known For: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road.

Why She's On My List: Move over, Cara Delevigne, these are the original eyebrows. If you look up the definition of "English Rose" you'll find a picture of Kate Winslet. Sometimes crushes come and go, but Kate seems to be the one constant in my life. She's so damn attractive, and she just happens to be in one of my favourite movies of all time (Eternal Sunshine). There will never be a list that from me in which she doesn't make an appearance.

#13: Anna Silk (AE Place: #18).

Known For: Lost Girl, Being Erica, Assassins Tale.

Why She's On My List: Do. I. Even. Need. To. Explain. This. One. To. You? Seriously? No. It'd be like preaching to the choir. I mean, can you even imagine anyone else being cast as a drop dead gorgeous bisexual succubus? Yeah, that's what I thought.

#12: Laura Prepon (AE Place: #6).

Known For: Orange Is The New Black, That 70s Show, Karla.

Why She's On My List: So this is the only entry in my list that placed lower than it did on AfterEllen's Hot 100. Why? I have a love/hate relationship with Laura Prepon. I can't decide if I'm attracted to her or her character, Alex Vause, in Orange Is The New Black. Sometimes I see her in interviews and I'm just all "oh, be quiet", and then I see her face on Instagram and I think "actually, you seem pretty cool". No one on this list causes such ~real~ dilemmas in my head. Maybe I'm just attracted to Alex. Whatever, Laura Prepon looks like Alex Vause, so that's good enough for me.

#11: Emilia Clarke (AE Place: #53).

Known For: Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys, Dom Hemingway.

Why She's On My List: I just. I can't. *Mean Girls voice* How do I even begin to describe Emilia Clarke? She's just. Sigh. She has such a great face. How can one woman have such a perfect face? Oh, and of course I'm a huge GoT fan girl. If I didn't include my Khaleesi on this list then she'd probably feed me to the dragons. #AllHailMhysa

#10: Caterina Scorsone (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For:
Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Missing.

Why She's On My List: Like Katie Lowes, Caterina is another Shondaland lady I can't figure out why I like so much. I've watched her grow into an amazing actress since her Private Practice days, so it could be that. She's also a Torontonian, and I'm a sucker for the Canadians, so it could be that. She's also half Italian, which is my downfall, so it could be that. Whatever it is, she's far too often overlooked by the lesbians, and she's fine as hell.

#9: Taraji P. Henson (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: Empire, Person of Interest, The Karate Kid.

Why She's On My List: Out of all of the ladies who didn't make the AfterEllen Hot 100 this year, this one surprised me the most. With the year Taraji has had (with the success of Empire and being nominated for a Golden Globe alongside the great Viola Davis), I couldn't believe that Taraji didn't get enough votes to make the top 100. Since I started watching Person of Interest, I knew that this lady was phenomenal. And my God, she's gorgeous too.

#8: Troian Bellisario (AE Place: #48).

Known For: Pretty Little Liars, NCIS, Lauren.

Why She's On My List: The majority of lesbians will be surprised that I've picked this little liar over Shay Mitchell (Mitchell ended up in the top 5 on AfterEllen's list). And don't get me wrong; Shay is beautiful. There's just something about Troian that makes me more attracted to her. It's probably because she's a little more alternative, a little more complex, and an amazing actress in her own right. Not to mention that she played gay this year in Still a Rose; a queer adaptation of the classic Romeo & Juliet. (Click HERE for the trailer, by the way. You're welcome.)

#7: Rachel Skarsten (AE Place: #43).

Known For: Lost Girl, Reign, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Why She's On My List: Are you kidding me? The woman looks like a real life angel! And she is a real life angel, damn it. I have to admit, I don't usually go for the whole blonde hair/blue eyes thing, but Skarsten is too hard to resist. When she's not sucking Anna Silk's face off in the late, great Lost Girl, she's playing British royalty as a redhead Queen Elizabeth I in the CW's Reign. Strong women, hear them roar!

#6: Margot Robbie (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: The Wolf of Wall Street, Neighbours, Focus.

Why She's On My List: Isn't it obvious? Look at the woman. Once again, I was super surprised when she didn't make the AfterEllen list, especially since everyone is going bat shit crazy over her upcoming role as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. She started off in mediocre Australian soap opera, Neighbours, and then won a break-out role in Hollywood as Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend in The Wolf of Wall Street. Seems like no one can get enough of her... Me included.

#5: Amy Acker (AE Place: #26).

Known For: Angel, Person of Interest, Much Ado About Nothing.

Why She's On My List: Anyone who knows me will also know that I am obsessed with Person of Interest and the Whedonverse. So there's no surprise that Acker is on this list, considering Sarah Shahi just planted a kiss right on her mouth on CBS. I loved her in Dollhouse, I loved her in Cabin in the Woods, I loved her in everything I've ever seen her in. Not to mention, if you watch any interview with Acker (I recommend THIS fan video, which is pretty much a compilation of some recent PoI interviews), you'll know - to steal the internet's phrase - Amy Acker is literally too good for this world. She's precious. And when she carries two guns, she's also kinda hot.

#4: Aubrey Plaza (AE Place: Not on the list!)

Known For: Parks and Recreation, Addicted to Fresno, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Why She's On My List: Okay, not only do I have a comedy crush on Aubrey, I also have a general "good God, you're attractive" crush on her. Obviously she was often overlooked when she starred in Parks and Rec, as the lesser known actress on the cast list. However, she made a lasting impression on me. This year also saw her star in Addicted to Fresno, (or as I call it, "a sight for sore eyes"), in which she plays Natasha Lyonne's girlfriend. The fact that she's a bit of a weirdo probably contributes to what makes her so attractive to me, and I'm sure you'll agree... If you're into that sort of thing.

#3: Demi Lovato (AE Place: #58).

Known For: Glee, Sonny with a Chance, The X Factor.

Why She's On My List: Demi came under a lot of scrutiny by the bisexual community this year for saying something like "there's nothing wrong with experimentation" in regards to the girl-on-girl nature of her Cool For The Summer video. At the same time, though, she also hinted that her bisexuality "didn't not stick", so I'm cool with that. Honestly, I've always gotten a gay vibe from her, and now I've seen her kicking some ass in her music video for Confident alongside Michelle Rodriguez, I feel like I'm gonna be crushing on her forever more. And, as I've said before, thick thighs save lives.

#2: Sara Ramirez (AE Place: #40).

Known For: Grey's Anatomy, Spamalot, Sofia the First.

Why She's On My List: Latinas, latinas, everywhere... I guess you could say I have a type. Ever since Ramirez joined the cast of Grey's waaaaaaay back in 2006, I've been a huge fan. And then they gave her a lesbian storyline and had her make out with Jessica Capshaw and I've never looked back. Plus, she can sing. Very well. PLUS, she can act. Very well. A woman with talent and legs like that? You should be noticing a trend in my choices by now...

#1: Sarah Shahi (AE Place: #11).

Known For: The L Word, Person of Interest, Fairly Legal.

Why She's On My List: You have no idea how long it took me to choose a photo for my number 1 spot. Seriously, Shahi looks flawless in every damn photo. You also have no idea how obsessed with her I am. Not only is she a great actress, supportive of the LGBT community, and playing the most badass super-assassin/superhero on TV in Sameen Shaw, she's real. Watch an interview with Shahi and you'll realise almost immediately that she says what she thinks, not what she's been made to think. She's been known to drop the F bomb in the middle of serious conversations. She has no filter. In short, she's not been groomed by her agents and media pressue, and she will do as she pleases, when she pleases. Now that is my kinda woman. I could go on about her for hours. This Iranian-Spanish-American beauty is absolutely my number 1 gorgeous woman this year for a multitude of reasons. And if you haven't watch Person of Interest yet, I am urging you to do so. It started off as a bit of a sausage-fest (minus Taraji P. Henson), and has inadvertently become one of the most feminist, forward-thinking shows of all time. Plus, you get to see Sarah wielding a gun and kicking some serious ass... Oh, and she also kisses Amy Acker. Did I already mention that?

So that's it! I hope you enjoyed reading/browsing this as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

I'd love to hear some of your top 20 picks in the comments! You can also tweet your choices to me at Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Friday, 6 November 2015

New LGBTQ Music: Kerchief

(Brooklyn, NY) While Kerchief's LP Machines and Animals bears no title track, the sophomore single "Jack London" lends a fitting summary of the entire 11-song debut.

Formerly of the indie band Vanity Theft, Britt Hill cuts through with the poetically relatable and compelling edge that has grabbed the attention of critics and fans alike since the album's mid-summer release.

A dynamic composition tensely contained by its recurrent low-end hypnosis with a cumulating burst from a boundless wall of sound set the perfect tone, tying an underlying story of a creative person's journey from angst to ease.

Distinguished drum patterns contributed by producer Matty Amendola, alongside Hill's experimental melodic guitar arrangements, will have audiophiles hitting the repeat button while satisfying the first-time listener with its engaging hook.

The single, joined by its accompanying music video directed by Andy Strohl, premiered on OUT Magazine’s website, with a broadcast debut on THECOOLTV network to follow. Kerchief's sound, previously characterized as "fortified by straightforward lyrics that still leave spaces for a listener’s imagination" (by June Tunes Digest), intuited the intention behind the cinematically produced video.

Unexpected twists and turns with unprecedented artful attention won't be allowed to go unnoticed. "Jack London", slated as a firm follow-up to Kerchief’s 20 city summer tour, is sure to serve the indie rock culture of discovery and whet the appetite of any true music connoisseur.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015



New York, NY - Antigone Rising has announced the launch of their foundation dubbed Girl Bands Rock (

The official kick off, which took place during the band’s 2nd Annual Antigone Rising BeachFest  in Sea Cliff, NY on September 19th, comes on the heels of a two-week-long trip as Cultural Ambassadors of the United States to Vietnam performing outreach programs, master classes and public concerts.

Since stepping onto the music scene, AR fused their success with helping educate youths around the world on accomplishing goals as Cultural Ambassadors to the United States Government. 

Girl Bands Rock is a not for profit foundation set to inspire and educate kids, especially young girls, to pursue careers in the music industry. 
Antigone Rising partners with school districts and youth centers to create innovative programming dedicated to building confidence in youth by developing leadership and creative skills through musical workshops, outreach programs and performances. 

Realizing that the music industry does not provide enough worthy female role models, especially women in self contained rock bands, the Girl Bands Rock program provides kids the opportunity to see women excel in a male dominated profession and offers them strong female role models to emulate. 

As Cultural Ambassadors to the U.S. Government, the band has done outreach programs in Israel and Palestine and has recently returned from an inspiring trip to Vietnam this past July, 2015

The ladies of Antigone Rising have also played a part in LGBTQ advocacy, making news when Kristin Ellis-Henderson appeared on the cover of Time Magazine with wife Sarah Kate Ellis-Henderson, the president/CEO of GLAAD, for a feature on marriage equality.  

This past June, the band also came together along with other artists to support LGBT acceptance at the inaugural Concert for Love and Acceptance, presented by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning artist Ty Herndon and GLAAD, and co-hosted by political commentator and author Meghan McCain.

Best known for relentless touring and masterful musicianship, Antigone Rising played upwards of 280 shows a year in their early days. Whether it was an open mic on a Monday night or a jam packed New York City hometown show, the ladies and their infamous Vanna White (the band's beloved 15 passenger van) eventually blazed a trail straight to arenas alongside some of the biggest names in rock history including The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bangles and Rob Thomas.

Founding sisters Cathy and Kristen Henderson have always had the same philosophy- play better than the boys and make sure the fans feel like part of the family! That philosophy--along with writing undeniably catchy songs--has allowed this self sustained group to maintain their independence and leave an indelible mark on an industry best known for leaving girl (bands) behind.

For the all-female-boot-stompin'-alt-country-rock band ANTIGONE RISING, helping aspiring young artists while giving back to their community is something that comes second nature to a group that is helping to create music and history.