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

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Photo: New York Magazine

Photo: New York Magazine

Fresh off of Samira’s wedding to Lauren Morelli (which I covered HERE), the lesbian actress spoke to New York Magazine about The Handmaid’s Tale and how awesome it is to work with Margaret. The newlywed also stressed the importance of LGBTQ visibility, a plight she has discussed many times before.

On The Handmaid’s Tale:

“Before the election, there was a feeling on set of us doing something relevant,” Wiley said. “After the election it was like: Oh God, this is way too relevant.” [The cast and crew felt an acute responsibility] “to get this story right and make sure that we’re making art that can elicit change.”

On Atwood:

“Without fail, she comments on every single one of my Instagram pictures. Most of the time they’re emojis. Can you imagine? Margaret Atwood just like, flower, smiley face.”

In response to the writer commenting “beautiful picture” under Samira and Lauren’s Out Magazine cover:

“It made me tear up. This woman who wrote this book in 1985 is able to see that this is just two people loving each other. And it’s beautiful. It really sucks, man, to have people in power that want to act like there’s something perverse about that.”

On being out and proud:

“I think about when I was a young girl, [what it would have meant] to be able to look up to people who I could identify with, and to see them in positions of power and in positions of doing what I wanted to do. I think I really realized how important that is. Even if I’m not breathing it down people’s necks, I feel like my protest is walking down the street holding Lauren’s hand. Putting pictures of ourselves kissing on Instagram so people don’t think, no, they’re just friends. Just living my life openly and honestly, and having that be a protest.”

Catch the full interview HERE. P.S. don’t forget to tune into AE for Handmaid’s Tale recaps when it premieres on April 26.

Jenna Lyons Steps Down From J. Crew

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Even though I don’t own a thread of anything J. Crew, I’m still sad to see Jenna leave the company after twenty-six years. Ever since Lyons left her husband for Courtney Crangi in 2011, I couldn’t help but relish the fact that a lady lovin’ woman was at the helm of a top clothing brand.

In an official statement, Lyons explained:

“It has been beyond my wildest dreams to work with such an amazing team of people at such an incredible brand and alongside Mickey—one of retail’s most talented visionaries. I am excited about the next chapter for J.Crew as well as the opportunity for other creative leaders within the organization to step up and take on new responsibilities. Having spent the better part of my life with J.Crew, I feel an immense pride and love for everyone at the company.”

As of now, it’s unclear what the designer’s next step is. In the meantime, enjoy AE’s 2013 homage to Jenna HERE.