About Us



The pop culture site that plays for your team.


Karman Kregloe, Editor-In-Chief

Trish Bendix, Managing Editor

AfterEllen.com works the lesbian/bi pop culture beat, with a fun, feminist perspective on film, television, music, books, and sports. We even cover topics in lesbian/bi lifestyle, like sex, dating and coming out. We deliver new and exclusive celebrity interviews, film reviews, TV recaps, original video and more each day.

Founded in 2002, AfterEllen.com quickly became the largest and most comprehensive website dedicated to the representation of lesbian/bi women in popular culture. Since then, the site has continued to expand its reach beyond coverage of lesbian/bi pop culture and is now the go-to resource for a lesbian/bi perspective on all entertainment news.

In addition to our annual Hot 100 poll, in which readers pick the hottest women in entertainment, AfterEllen.com provides coverage of breaking entertainment news as well as exclusive interviews and first looks at some of the most buzzed about films, songs and television shows.

We have a solid reputation as a reputable site run by real journalists, conducting insightful, factually correct interviews – all of which means actors, publicists, managers, TV studios, film companies trust AfterEllen as a place to connect with online fandom. In the past year alone the site has run print or video interviews with Evan Rachel Wood, Sasha Alexander, Naya Rivera and other stars from many of your other favorite shows and movies.

AfterEllen’s daily entertainment round-up columns, Morning Brew and Afternoon Delight, offer the latest in pop culture news, photos and video and are must-reads for tens of thousands of readers each week. The site also posts popular recaps of some of TV’s most buzzworthy shows, including GleeTrue BloodThe Good WifeOnce Upon a TimePretty Little LiarsLost Girl and more.

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Meet Our Staff

Trish Bendix, Editor-In-Chieftrish-about

 Trish has been with AfterEllen since 2007. Her  work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Slate, The Village VoiceTime Out ChicagoOutPunk PlanetBitch, The Frisky, AlterNet and The Huffington Post. Her fiction has appeared in The Q Review and CellStories and she has an essay in the 2010 Seal Press anthology, Dear John, I Love Jane. Her work will be included in the forthcoming anthologies More Than Marriage (February 2015) and Opposing Viewpoints: Celebrity Culture (Layman Poupard Publishing).

Trish is a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and member of the Television Critics Association as well as the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She’s spoken on panels at SXSW, Q-Me Con, BlogHer and Creating Change and to classes at University of Western Washington and Columbia College Chicago. 

Email: trishbendix@gmail.comTwitter@trishbendixInstagram: @trishbendix

Dana Piccoli, Staff Editordana-about 

Dana Piccoli is the Staff Editor for AfterEllen where she covers television, film, music and pop culture. Prior to becoming an editor, Dana was a writer and reporter for the site. She has also contributed to Curve magazine, Go magazine and GayGamer.com. A longtime professional vocalist and songwriter, Dana began writing songs about the fandoms she loved, which she did under the moniker of The Fandom Balladeer. Dana has a degree in Musical Theatre from Western Michigan University. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley with her wife, their cats and way too many guitars. When not writing for the site, Dana is working on two full-length novels. 

Email: fandomballadeer@gmail.comTwitter: @danapiccoli

Dorothy Snarker, contributorAbout Us Avatar

Dorothy Snarker is misanthropic, but in a nice way. AfterEllen has been publishing the things she yells at her television since 2007. She is the creator and curator of Dorothy Surrenders, a gay gal’s guide to pop culture, which she has updated daily since 2006. Her work and words have appeared in Jezebel, The Los Angeles TimesThe Chicago TribuneCurve magazine and several other far less reputable places.

Twitter: @dorothysnarkerInstagram: @mssnarkerTumblr: dorothy-snarker.tumblr.com

Grace Chu, contributorunnamed

Grace Chu lives in New York City, where she works as a bored attorney and not-so-bored photographer. She spends most of her free time at the grocery store with her girlfriend and Instagramming their dinners. Her work has appeared in Time Out New YorkVogue, Jezebel and Huffington Post, among others. If you go to LGBT events in New York City she has probably taken your photo.

Twitter: @gracethespot

Elaine Atwell, contributorelaine-about

Elaine Atwell lives in New Orleans, and is the author of The Music Box, a trash novella about lesbian spies in WWII. She has also written for The Toast and The Mary Sue, and one time she and Emmylou Harris rolled their eyes at the exact same moment about the exact same thing.

Twitter: @elaineatwellTumblr: LittleRedWagon.tumblr.com

Lucy Hallowell, contributorLucy shirt

Lucy Hallowell lives near Boston with her family. She is a writer whenever she can find five minutes of peace. She is proud to say she managed to ignore her children long enough to write a short story called Dragon Slayer. She has been called a mule on more than one occasion but insists that she simply likes the high ones.

Twitter: @lucyhallowellTumblr: gayathomemom.tumblr.com

Valerie Anne, contributorval-about

Valerie Anne lives in New York and loves it just as much now as she did when she moved there for college at 18. She loves writing, reading, wine and beer, Broadway musicals, Tatiana Maslany, playing with other people’s puppies and pretty much anything purple. She loves writing about television even more than she loves watching it, which is saying something. And she promises she’s better at writing recaps than she is at writing bios.

Twitter: @punkystarshineInstagram: @punkystarshine, Tumblr: PunkyStarshine.tumblr.com

Kim Hoffmancontributorkim-about

Kim Hoffman keeps things weird in sunny Portland, OR where she lives with her girlfriend and their two cats. Her work has also appeared inCurve magazine, Bitch Flicks, Huffington Post, and PQ Monthly. She’s into crime television, crystal gazing, daydreaming of the 1990s, and is currently crafting a screenplay.

Twitter: @the_hoffInstagram: @kimhoffman

Anna Pulley, contributoranna-about

Anna is the managing editor of the East Bay Express and a freelance writer in Oakland. She’s publishing her first book (The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) next year with her girlfriend (and illustrator) Kelsey Beyer through Flatiron Books. She’s been a guest expert on Dan Savage’s podcast multiple times and author Cheryl Strayed called her one of her “favorite advice columnists.”

Twitter: @annapulleyInstagram: @lezbianna, Facebook: facebook.com/theannapulley

Sarah Terez Rosenblum, contributorsarah-about

Sarah Terez Rosenblum writes for publications and sites including SalonThe Chicago Sun Times, XOJane, Curve magazine and Pop Matters. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as kill author and Underground Voices and she was a 2011 recipient of Carve magazine’s Esoteric Fiction Award. Her 2012 debut novel, Herself When She’s Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending” by Booklist. She lives in Chicago where she founded and runs the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series.

Twitter: @SarahTerez, Instagram: @SarahTerez, Facebook: facebook.com/SarahTerezRosenblum

Chloe Curran, contributorchloe-about

Chloe lives in Los Angeles, among sunshine, beautiful people, and delusions of grandeur. A native Southerner, Chloe moved to LA from New Orleans after graduating college and lacking a better plan. In addition to AfterEllen, Chloe’s writing has been published on Jezebel, xoJane, The Good Men Project, Playboy and Offbeat Magazine. She is 25 and intends to stay that way for a long while. When Chloe isn’t writing about homosexuality, she’s writing about fashion and holding expensive clothing for a stylist in West Hollywood.

Twitter: @howtriteInstagram: yo.chlochloTumblr: yochlochlo.tumblr.com

Eboni Rafus, contributorPitzer pic

Eboni Rafus earned a BFA in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, moved to Los Angeles where she worked in television for three years, and then moved to Massachusetts to earn a MA in Literature and a MFA in Creative Writing from UMass, Amherst. In addition to AfterEllen, her work has appeared in The Women’s Times, Huffington Post, The Bohemian Aesthetic and Consensus. Eboni is the master of unfinished writing projects and is currently working on a full-length novel, a YA series, a picture book series, two screenplays, and a television pilot. Eboni lives in Los Angeles with her adorable terrier pup, Stella Rue.

Twitter: @EboniRafus  Instagram: @ebonigrafus

Chelsea Steiner, contributorchelsea-about

Chelsea Steiner lives in sunny Los Angeles, where she works as a screenwriter/comedian/blogger. Her work has appeared on Jezebel and AutoStraddle, and you can find her performing in comedy club basements all over Southern California. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

Twitter: ChelseaProcrast

Emily McGaughy, contributoremily-about

Emily McGaughy is a freelance writer living in Dallas, TX with her wife Char and their pups Bettie and Siddhartha.  Emily and Char own and operate Gold Dust Tattoos & Fine Art in Dallas. Emily has written for online publications including HIV Equal and Metalholic magazine and co-hosts a queer podcast on Spreaker called Queer No Chaser.  If you don’t like cute dog photos, you probably shouldn’t follow her on Instagram.

Twitter: @EmilyAMcGaughyInstagram: @emilymcg618

Erica Feliciano, contributorericafeliciano

Erica Feliciano is a cooter on a scootera Genuine Buddy 170i to be exacttrying to make it in Los Angeles as a screenwriter. Erica, her wife, and their little rat terrier made the big move from Chicago to LA to pursue their dreams. Besides Erica’s love of writing and scooters, other favorites include Elvis Presley, collecting vinyl records, all things ’80s, classic films, craft beer, and making people laugh. 

Twitter: @efelicianoInstagram: @therealericafeliciano

Laura Zak, contributorlaura_zak_photo

Laura Zak is a producer, and prolific writer of prose, screenplays, and g-chats. She is the co-creator, co-writer, and co-star of the web series#Hashtag on tello films. After nearly a decade working as a campaigns manager with V-Day, the global movement to end gender-based violence,#Hashtag represents Zak’s first foray into web series production and acting. Season 2 is set to be released in January 2015. She is also working on pre-production of a new web series with the prominent trans activist and writer Jen Richards to be released later in the year. Zak now resides in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, with her polyamorous dog. 

Twitter: @la_wa

Have a hot tip you’d like to share or just have an inquiry for our editors? Drop us an email at afterellentips@gmail.com

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