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The Best Interviews of 2017

Thursday Dec 28, 2017
Elle G.
Elle G.  (Source:M Cohen Photography)

From the first lesbian contestant on "Love Connection" to comedy powerhouse Loni Anderson, EDGE has interviewed some amazing people this year. We chatted with numerous film and stage stars, as well as those behind the scenes. We sat down with Sandra Bernhard and The San Francisco Dykes on Bikes, to look at the unique struggles they faced. Here's a recap of the top interviews of 2017.

  • Former Christian Rocker Elle G. Becomes LGBT Sensation
    To hear her music today, it's hard to imagine that Austin, Texas-based musician Elle G was once a renowned Christian recording artist and worship leader. That was before she came out. Once she did, coming to terms with her sexuality and committing to living authentically in 2009, she lost it all -- her career, her home, her family, and her friends. To read more, click here.


    Liz Baxter  (Source:NBC)

  • Liz Baxter Raises Visibility as First Lesbian on 'Love Connection'
    On July 27, Liz Baxter made television history as the first-ever lesbian contestant on the game show "Love Connection." This traveling medical salesperson teamed up with openly gay host, Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen for the one-hour reboot of the original dating show that features singles searching for love in a series of three blind dates before dishing the dirt in front of a live studio audience. It's all part of her activist mission to inspire diversity and women's empowerment. To read more, click here.


    Loni Anderson  (Source:Tello Films)

  • Loni Anderson Stars in New LGBT-Themed Sitcom on Tello
    Blonde bombshell Loni Anderson will always be remembered as Jennifer Marlowe from the hit sitcom "WKRP in Cincinatti," a role which garnered her three Golden Globe and two Prime Time Emmy Award nominations. Anderson premiered in the new Tello sitcom, "My Sister Is So Gay," chatted with EDGE about her acting career, her tumultuous relationships, and her return to the small screen. To read more, click here.


    Mona Elyafi  (Source:Leslie Van Stelten)

  • Putting Lesbians First Is Big Business for Elyafi's ILDK Media
    As both a woman entrepreneur and member of the LGBTQ community, The Dinah's PR agent Mona Elyafi has made it her business to make other lesbians successful. Through her company ILDK Media, she is committed to amplifying women's voices and championing campaigns focused on social and political causes important to our community. To read more, click here.


    Zoe Ventoura  (Source:IMDB)

  • Nicole Conn Announces All-Star Cast for Film 'Nesting Doll'
    Veteran filmmaker Nicole Conn's "Nesting Doll," a story about three broken women whose lives intersect at a lakeside community and who are forever changed through their shared love of a boy with special needs. Celebrated and beloved Australian actress Zoe Ventoura signed on for the lead, saying, "I wanted to be part of 'Nesting Doll' from the moment I read Nicole's script, which I absolutely loved. She has created a compelling world filled with beautifully layered characters and stories." To read more, click here.


    Nike Imoru  (Source:12th St. Arts)

  • Seattle Theatre Stages All-Female 'Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch'
    The country is at war, and the Senate can't keep the peace, even within its own walls. Enter Coriolanus, the country's most badass warrior. She's returned home to win the love of the people and run for office -- or face the dangerous consequences of defying society's expectations. It's William Shakespeare's rarely-staged drama about politics, power, and pride, replete with daring physical combat and deliciously vicious language, and it's staged by an all-female cast featuring Nike Imoru in the title role, at Seattle's 12th Ave. Arts. "To live like a legend... sometimes you have to fight like a bitch," is the tagline of director Emily Penick's rollicking new production. To read more, click here.


    Jai Rodriguez  

  • Jai Rodriguez Encourages HIV+ Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men To Live Positively Fearless
    HIV continues to have a profound impact on the Latinx community, despite overall progress in reducing HIV diagnoses in the U.S. and treatment advances. This is why Latino actor and musician Jai Rodriguez and patient advocate Adrian Altamirano are partnering with Positively Fearless; to help the Latinx community take control of their own health. To read more, click here.


    Sandra Bernhard  (Source:Maro Hagopian)

  • Tello Films New Comedy 'Secs & EXECS' Features Sandra Bernhard
    Sandra Bernhard teams up with her old "Roseanne" writing team for "secs & EXECS," a new six-episode office comedy series on tello. "secs & EXECS" is set at Kathletics, a women's wear company. We follow the first day back of Leslie, a new mommy, who struggles between showing her maternal side and being a cut throat executive. The series follows four bosses and their assistants, shifting POVs between the two, very diverse sets of co-workers. "My character is motivated to get the job done fast and seamlessly," Bernhard told EDGE. "I think the shifting POV is fresh and unique." To read more, click here.


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  • Lesbian Flick 'Liberty's Secret' is Released, Available on Demand
    In "Liberty's Secret," the singing/dancing daughter of a "family values" preacher becomes the symbolic centerpiece of a conservative political campaign.  But when she falls in love with a woman, she must choose between the life she's known, and the love she's always dreamed of. "Though I started working on the film long before the age of Trump, I believe the film's message of inclusion and equality is particularly relevant now," said composer/writer/director Andy Kirshner. To read more, click here.


    Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan  

  • Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan Host Panel Discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Musicals
    On Sunday, July 23, Honest Accomplice Theatre co-founders Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan hosted a panel discussion at The Castillo Theatre, exploring where past musical productions' representations of gender and sexuality have been successful, what boundaries are still in place, and how we can continue to challenge the status quo in our storytelling. "There need to be more cis women, queer women and trans people involved in the creation of theater," Keenan-Bolger and Sullivan told EDGE in a recent interview. "Not only as characters in shows, but behind the scenes as playwrights, directors, stage managers and casting directors and stage crew. The more diversity represented across the board means far more diverse stories being told in responsible ways by the individuals who are experiencing them." To read more, click here.


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