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Type of site
Blog, news
Available inEnglish
OwnerLesbian Nation
Created bySarah Warn
LaunchedApril 2002
Current statusOnline (AfterEllen), founded in April 2002 by Sarah Warn and Lori Grant, under their corporation Erosion Media,[1] is a culture website focusing on the portrayal of lesbian and bisexual women in the media.[2][a] The site publishes entertainment news, interviews, and reviews; covers lifestyle issues and topics regarding the lesbian/bi community from a feminist perspective; and the political climate as it pertains to the community.[4]

AfterEllen was bought by cable television channel Logo in 2006, together with AfterElton.[5] Karman Kregloe became Editor in Chief of AfterEllen in November 2009.[6] In October 2014, online publisher Evolve Media acquired AfterEllen from Viacom Media Networks, the parent company of Logo, and Trish Bendix became Editor in Chief.[7] Bendix was fired by Evolve Media on September 20, 2016.[8] On December 12, 2016, Memoree Joelle became the new Editor in Chief.[9]

Lesbian Nation, a multimedia company owned by Memoree Joelle and business partner Gaye Chapman, bought AfterEllen on March 1, 2019.[10]


AfterEllen is not affiliated with entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, although its name refers to DeGeneres's coming out; specifically when her character came out in "The Puppy Episode" (1997) from the ABC sitcom Ellen.[11]

The website reports on subjects of popular culture, such as books, celebrity, fashion, film, music, and television news; publishing articles, regular columns, reviews, recaps of television shows with lesbian and bisexual characters or subtextual content, and several blogs. Weekly vlogs became a key feature, the more popular of which included "Brunch With Bridget", "Lesbian Love", and "Is This Awesome?" The site also featured popular web series, such as the Streamy Award-winning and Webby Award-nominated Anyone But Me.[citation needed] In March 2008, AfterEllen was named one of "the world's 50 most powerful blogs" by British newspaper The Guardian for its "irreverent look at how the lesbian community is represented in the media.[11] At the time considered the top website for lesbian women, that same year it averaged "over 700,000 readers" per month.[12] In June 2011, it ranked as the second most popular LGBT website with 203,924 monthly visitors, after The Advocate.[13] According to Karman Kregloe, in 2015 AfterEllen "averaged 1.25 million readers" per month.[14]

In 2006, AfterEllen was acquired by Logo.[5][15] In October 2009, Sarah Warn announced that associate editor Karman Kregloe would take over as Editor in Chief.[6]

In October 2014, AfterEllen was acquired by Evolve Media and made a part of its TotallyHer Media subsidiary.[16][17][18][19] Kregloe announced that the role of Editor in Chief was to be assumed by managing editor Trish Bendix.[7]

In November 2014, TotallyHer Media announced the launch of The Lphabet, an original AfterEllen online comedy series that would "demystify terms from the lesbian and bi community".[20][21]

In September 2016, Trish Bendix announced her departure on her personal Tumblr blog and stated that AfterEllen was shutting down, with only its archive to be kept live.[22] TotallyHer Media denied the allegation by Bendix, calling it a "false rumor",[23][24] and removed Bendix from her position ahead of her scheduled departure.[25][8] Emrah Kovacoglu, General Manager of TotallyHer Media, explained that a drawback was triggered by the lack of "increased audience" and "enough advertiser support to justify continuing to invest at the same levels".[23][14]

Memoree Joelle became Editor in Chief of AfterEllen in December 2016.[9] Joelle promised readers that there would be a return to the website's original intention of maintaining a "feminist perspective" and staying "true to a lesbian/bi perspective", as well as "more racial diversity and age diversity".[9] Soon afterwards, Joelle issued a statement in which she questioned the motives behind the increase in "attack" language directed at lesbians from members of the LGBT community, and the decline in interest within it "to hear the variety of perspectives in our community".[26] Under her editorial direction, articles and essays which are political in nature have become more frequent.

In December 2016, Joelle added her personal signature and endorsement statement to the "L is out of GBT" petition on

I'm signing because I see the word lesbian becoming a bad word under lgbt, in a time when it's trendy to be pansexual or fluid, etc which are all newly invented terms. I don't agree with the word queer being applied to me under this acronym as it isn't accurate, and I don't agree with all of the gender politics the lgbt acronym focuses on. Further, I don't appreciate being lumped into an acronym where the only thing we have in common is being minorities, as it is more apparent that it erases lesbian identity rather than supporting/including it.[27]

Former AfterEllen senior editor Heather Hogan criticized Joelle on Twitter for doing so,[28] accusing Joelle of promoting a "lesbophobia" movement on AfterEllen which, according to Hogan, was a disguise for "anti-trans, anti-bi" rhetoric.[29] Joelle denied Hogan's accusations and described her reasoning as "a FORM of activism".[30]

In 2018, after banning use of the controversial term "TERF"[31] on its website and social media channels,[32][33] publishing articles such as "Girl Dick, the Cotton Ceiling and the Cultural War on Lesbians, Girls and Women",[34] and the op-ed "How I became the most hated lesbian in Baltimore" by Julia Beck,[35] as well as for giving publicity to vloggers who criticized trans women,[36] AfterEllen (although not specifically mentioned) was by implication accused of transphobia in a general declaration titled "Not in our name" signed by representatives of nine lesbian and queer publications in which "trans misogynistic content" in "so-called lesbian publications" was condemned, including "male-owned media companies" that profited "from the traffic generated by [such] controversies";[37][38] the trans-related controversy received coverage on mainstream media LGBTQ website NBC Out.[39] In response to NBC Out's news story, Joelle and AfterEllen colleagues described the "Not in our name" statement as "a continuation of a false narrative that's been created to perpetuate division and anxiety within the lesbian community", and denounced the backlash launched against AfterEllen for addressing issues such as "lesbians [being] called 'vagina fetishists' with 'genital preferences'";[b] repudiating the "idea that lesbians are not allowed to have an opinion, or feel anything for that matter; that we can't have any autonomy. That we must bow to groupthink at every turn or be subjected to homophobic slurs, attacks on our jobs, doxing."[40] It was also revealed that AfterEllen "was sign the statement as well, the day after it was released."[40]

In March 2019, Memoree Joelle announced the acquisition of AfterEllen on March 1 by Lesbian Nation, a multimedia company owned by Joelle and business partner Gaye Chapman.[41][10]

Hot 100[edit]

The "Hot 100" is an annual readers poll, begun in 2007, of the "top names in film, television, music, sports and fashion".[42]

Hot 100
Year Winner Top ten Ref.
2007 Colour photograph of Leisha Hailey in 2012
Leisha Hailey
2008 Colour photograph of Tina Fey in 2010
Tina Fey
2009 Colour photograph of Portia de Rossi in 2007
Portia de Rossi
2010 Colour photograph of Olivia Wilde in 2010
Olivia Wilde
2011 Colour photograph of Naya Rivera in 2010
Naya Rivera
2012 Colour photograph of Naya Rivera in 2011
Naya Rivera
2013 Colour photograph of Jennifer Lawrence in 2015
Jennifer Lawrence
2015 Colour photograph of Ruby Rose in 2012
Ruby Rose
2016 Colour photograph of Lauren Jauregui in 2017
Lauren Jauregui

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AfterEllen's companion site for gay and bisexual men, AfterElton, was launched in January 2005.[3]
  2. ^ Re "Vagina fetishists":
    • Ditum, Sarah (11 July 2018). "Why were lesbians protesting at Pride? Because the LGBT coalition leaves women behind". New Statesman. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
    • Heuchan, Claire (July 1, 2017). "The Vanishing Point: A Reflection Upon Lesbian Erasure". Sister Outrider. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
    Re "Genital preferences":


  1. ^ Frey, Mattias; Sayad, Cecilia, eds. (2015). Film Criticism in the Digital Age. Rutgers University Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0813570730.
  2. ^ Voo, Jocelyn; Anderson-Minshall, Diane (June 1, 2005). "Other clicks.(tech girl)(". Curve. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011. (via HighBeam Research)
  3. ^ "Erosion Media Launches" (Press release). Erosion Media. 3 January 2005. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ "About". AfterEllen. Lesbian Nation. 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b Warn, Sarah (June 5, 2006). "Letter from the Editor: Announcing our Acquisition by Logo". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on September 25, 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Warn, Sarah (October 26, 2009). "Passing the Torch". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b Kregloe, Karman (October 7, 2014). "Evolve's TotallyHer Acquires". AfterEllen. TotallyHer Media. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b Horgan, Richard (September 23, 2016). "A Messy Exit for the EIC of AfterEllen". Adweek. Archived from the original on December 10, 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Joelle, Memoree (December 12, 2016). "Greetings From Your New Editor-in-Chief". AfterEllen. TotallyHer Media. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Lesbian Nation Has Acquired AfterEllen from Evolve Media". AfterEllen. March 22, 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b Aldred, Jessica; Astell, Amanda; Behr, Rafael; Cochrane, Lauren; Hind, John; Pickard, Anna; Potter, Laura; Wignall, Alice; Wiseman, Eva (9 March 2008). "The world's 50 most powerful blogs". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  12. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 20, 2008). "Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 20, 2008)". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on August 9, 2008.
  13. ^ Cision Staff (June 30, 2011). "Top 10 LGBT Websites and Blogs". Cision. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  14. ^ a b Bianco, Marcie (October 6, 2016). "Lesbian culture is being erased because investors think only gay men (and straight people) have money". Quartz. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  15. ^ Kramer, Staci D. (June 8, 2006). "MTVN's Logo Acquires Three LGBT Sites". GigaOm. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  16. ^ Staff writer (October 7, 2014). "Evolve's TotallyHer Acquires" (Press release). Los Angeles: Business Wire. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  17. ^ Dave, Paresh (October 7, 2014). " acquired by Evolve Media from Viacom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  18. ^ Castillo, Michelle (October 7, 2014). "Evolve Media Acquires". Adweek. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  19. ^ Garcia, Michelle (October 7, 2014). "AfterEllen Leaves Logo Online For Enthusiast Publisher EvolveMedia". The Advocate. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  20. ^ Staff writer (November 6, 2014). "TotallyHer Media's Recently Acquired Launches Original Series, The Lphabet" (Press release). Los Angeles: Evolve Media. Gorilla Nation. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Video: AfterEllen Launches New Lphabet Web Series". Tagg. November 6, 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  22. ^ Bendix, Trish (September 20, 2016). "Eulogy for the Living". Tumblr. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  23. ^ a b Kovacogluon, Emrah (September 21, 2016). "False Rumor: We Are Not Shutting Down!". AfterEllen. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  24. ^ Edwards, Stassa (September 21, 2016). "AfterEllen EIC Says Site Will Shut Down on Friday While Corporate Owner Calls It a 'False Rumor'". Jezebel. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  25. ^ Browning, Bil (September 21, 2016). "AfterEllen publishers deny shutdown, fire editor after advertiser blowback". LGBTQ Nation. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  26. ^ Joelle, Memoree (December 30, 2016). "Letter From the Editor: What Our 1 Resolution Should Be in 2017". AfterEllen. TotallyHer Media. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  27. ^ Statement: L is out of GBT (April 2, 2016). p. Reasons for signing. Retrieved 11 April 2019. @ (The URL for is blacklisted on Wikipedia and cannot be linked with a citation template.)
  28. ^ Heather Hogan [@theheatherhogan] (29 December 2016). "But the new AfterEllen editor signed a "take the L out of LGBT petition" and tweeted at me and tweeted a "lesbophobia" article" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  29. ^ Heather Hogan [@theheatherhogan] (29 December 2016). "And a loud group of people are shielding themselves behind AE's history to spread that kind of anti-trans, anti-bi, etc. toxic thinking" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  30. ^ Memoree Joelle [@memoreejoelle] (29 December 2016). "Replying to @theheatherhogan. I signed a petition that did not mention anything about trans ppl it was about a FORM of activism" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  31. ^ Weinberg, Justin (August 27, 2018). "Derogatory Language in Philosophy Journal Risks Increased Hostility and Diminished Discussion (guest post) (Update: Response from Editors)". Daily Nous. Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  32. ^ [@afterellen] (29 November 2018). "Be advised we don't allow the use of slurs on our page or social channels" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  33. ^ [@afterellen] (29 November 2018). "people using the term will be blocked" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ Yardley, Miranda (December 5, 2018). "Girl Dick, the Cotton Ceiling and the Cultural War on Lesbians, Girls and Women". AfterEllen. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  35. ^ Beck, Julia (December 10, 2018). "How I became the most hated lesbian in Baltimore". AfterEllen. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  36. ^ [@afterellen] (1 December 2018). "Dear Trans Women, Stop Pushing "Girl Dick" On Lesbians via @YouTube" (Tweet). Retrieved 11 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ "Not in our name". Diva. 19 December 2018. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  38. ^ Gilchrist, Tracy E. (December 19, 2018). "Female Editors Reject AfterEllen, Other Sites' Anti-Trans Agenda". The Advocate. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  39. ^ Compton, Julie (January 14, 2019). "'Pro-lesbian' or 'trans-exclusionary'? Old animosities boil into public view". Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  40. ^ a b Joelle, Memoree (January 15, 2019). "AfterEllen's Response to NBC OUT (Full Statement)". AfterEllen. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  41. ^ Joelle, Memoree (March 4, 2019). "Announcing Our Acquisition by Lesbian Nation!". AfterEllen. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  42. ^ Logo (April 10, 2009). " and Heat Things Up With Their Third Annual "Hot 100" List" (Press release). New York: Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  43. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 6, 2007). "The 2007 Hot 100". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on September 13, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  44. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 1, 2008). "The 2008 Hot 100". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on March 5, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  45. ^ Warn, Sarah (May 11, 2009). "The 2009 Hot 100". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on March 5, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  46. ^ "The 2010 Hot 100". AfterEllen. May 17, 2010. Archived from the original on March 5, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  47. ^ "The 2011 Hot 100". AfterEllen. May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on July 2, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  48. ^ "Announcing the 2012 AfterEllen Hot 100!". AfterEllen. June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on September 25, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  49. ^ "The 2013 Hot 100!". AfterEllen. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on September 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  50. ^ "The Results Are In! It's the 2015 AfterEllen Hot 100". AfterEllen. September 1, 2015. Archived from the original on September 20, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  51. ^ Bendix, Trish (September 2, 2016). "And the 2016 AfterEllen Hot 100 Winners Are..." AfterEllen. Archived from the original on 2017-07-18. Retrieved February 22, 2018.

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