Lez Dish It OUT! AfterEllen’s LGBT Weekly Round-Up

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Photo: Instagram

Photo: Instagram

Hey, it’s officially spring! Yay for the illusion of time to distract us from crippling ennui, Paul Ryan, yada yada.

Anywho, this week Ruby Rose celebrated her 31st birthday, Lauren Jauregui starred in a stunning photoshoot alongside her ex-girlfriend, and Below Her Mouth finally got a release date.

Lez go!

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Lauren & Ex-Girlfriend Lucy Vives Star In Gorgeous Spread Bare With Me

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This past week, photographer Nicole Cartolano released a series Bare With Me featuring Lauren and her ex-girlfriend Lucy. The two had been dating off and on for years before quietly breaking up just recently. The pics were shot in New Orleans and they’re exceptionally gorgeous:

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Nicole said of the shots:

“Both girls trusted me to photograph them together as sort of a coming-out, but they were nervous how their families would respond and the publicity they’d attract, especially from the Latin American community. “‘Bare With Me’ is a compromise which allowed us to describe what Lauren called ‘love in the 21st century.’ We felt like the way that these photographs are presented are very disarming, sensual, and empowering all at once. And they’re not provocative or with ill intent. … It was important to use their voices to show the world that this is OK, this is acceptable, in the gentlest way possible.You could tell that they’ve been best friends for a very long time. They’ve known each other since high school. And they dated on and off for a few years. So they’re good friends over everything else.”

Unfortunately, Lauren wasn’t so happy with the media’s response to the photos:

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Okay, here’s the thing. I get what Lauren is saying — I do. This pictorial has created A LOT of buzz simply because it involves two attractive women who dated each other once upon a time. That being said, media outlets have covered the singer’s political activism extensively over the past few years — I wrote about it in two of these roundups, actually. I do agree that the headlines could be less sensationalized, though.

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