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The groundbreaking drama series The L Word® revolutionized a generation. This past December the highly anticipated sequel, The L Word®: Generation Q, debuted with returning cast Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, and Leisha Hailey resuming their original roles, and introduced a whole new generation with Arienne Mandi, Rosanny Zayas, Jacqueline Toboni, and Leo Sheng.

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age, from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”

Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, spending her days performing underground on subway platforms between working odd jobs. There she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents in a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show proved to be well spent—she immediately left the soundstage for the recording studio. Since then, she has released three LPs, two EPs, and several singles and is currently developing Trauma Queen, an autobiographical theatrical rock concert. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, including becoming an advocate and inspiration for people with Type 1 diabetes.

To create her latest LP, Alive, Crystal called on her “chosen family” of musicians and drew upon her influences—folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues, and country—to make music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished. And Crystal’s voice, as one of her songwriting partners describes it, is “like dirt and diamonds.”

Crystal intends to make music with healing power. At this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles, but by reliving her own painful moments in song, she hopes to transcend that pain, lifting both herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of “A Broken Wing” she sings, “I know there’s beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine.” Crystal’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it’s evident in every note of Alive. 

Elvira Kurt

When Elvira Kurt is not writing about herself in the third person, she’s a Canadian Comedy Award–winning, three-time Gemini Award–nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who has starred, hosted, or appeared in too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Except for these: Popcultured with Elvira Kurt on The Comedy Network, the first late night talk show hosted by a woman, which she also created and produced; The Gayest Show Ever, co-created, co-produced, and hosted by Elvira and winner of Best Pilot at the Banff World Television Festival; Queer as Jokes, with Elvira as host and headliner of CBC’s first ever all-gay comedy special; and Big Girl Now!, Elvira’s award-winning one-hour CTV comedy special.

With appearances on everything from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC’s The Debaters, CBC comedy specials from Just For Laughs in Montreal, and the Halifax and Winnipeg comedy festivals to her own comedy specials airing on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E!, and Bravo, there’s definitely something for everyone. Elvira headlined LOGO’s One Night Stand Up from Washington DC and hosted the network’s First Comes Love and Cruising the Caribbean with Olivia. On CBC’s The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, Elvira was a judge along with Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas; she’s guest starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation, hit the stage in the Vagina Monologues, and been featured in several comedy films, including the multiple award-winning Laughing Matters…More!

In her spare time, ha, Elvira writes comedy for TV, from series like This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Little Mosque on the Prairie to specials, most notably for Ellen DeGeneres on HBO. But that’s not all! Elvira’s toured North America as one of the hottest college acts around, nominated as both US College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year.


Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington, DC. A blend of soul, a capella, and folk, Be’s music is what she calls “Queer Pop.” In her live stage performances, she uses looping, vocal layering, and beat boxing to compose her songs, which feature earnest lyricism and LGBTQ-affirming content.

While she pursued her career in music, Be also began her career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including BlackStar, the San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and the Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest. This year, Vow of Silence was featured Issa Rae’s series Short Film Sundays. After receiving her BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.

Be has shared stages with fellow artist-activists Big Freedia, Nona Hendryx, Nikky Finney, and Gina Yashere. In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely Band. In May 2018, Be released her newest album, Queer Love Songs.


Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees can be seen in the CBS series Carol’s Second Act, as well as her quarter-hour special on Netflix in The Comedy Lineup. She was most recently a consulting producer on Netflix’s Big Mouth, as well as an executive story editor on Search Party at TBS and The Mayor at ABC and a co-producer on WB’s Harley Quinn. Prior to that, Sabrina worked on Powerless for NBC and was on the writing staff of NBC's multicamera comedy Crowded. On camera, Sabrina has appeared on Search Party, Transparent, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Last Comic Standing, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Best Week Ever. As a stand-up, Sabrina has toured North America, England, and South Africa and played the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival several times. She is also the host of The Goodie Goodie podcast and stars in Just for Laugh’s digital series.

Chastity Brown

Now based in Minnesota, Chastity grew up in Tennessee surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s Favorite Sessions, CMT, American Songwriter, London’s The Times, Paste, and others. Chastity has toured the US and abroad, appearing on the UK’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon–activist Ani Difranco.

“What I’ve realized is that the personal is political,” Chastity said in a recent interview. “Just by me being a bi-racial, half-black, half-white woman living in America right now is political. Just being a person of color, a queer woman of color, for that matter, is freaking political. My focus, as far as this record, I guess it’s really been psychological. I’m really intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the complexities and contradictions that we embody as human beings.".

Light is a central character on her LP Silhouette of Sirens. Even the title speaks to this push and pull between danger and safety, shadows and shiny lights, and what we can touch versus only hear in the distance. Like many masterful songwriters, Chastity has the ability to make her stories feel intensely personal yet open-ended; even in “Carried Away,” it’s hard to tell whether she’s singing about a romantic rift, an abusive friendship, or the havoc that anxiety and depression can wreak on an unguarded mind.

“I think it’s about different types of heartbreak, and how one deals with it,” Chastity says of the album. “And not the heartbreak of a coupled relationship; just living life, and the experiences that break your heart. There are these moments on the album where it’s like, ‘this is intense.’ And then hopefully, there are moments where it’s alleviated—as I feel like life is. Life is hard. Every tree, every plant, everything you see in the natural world, just through a growth process, you see how hard it is to grow and bend towards the light."



With her vast knowledge and relentless curiosity for music, LA-based KITTENS (born Lauren Abedini) has been able to find and deliver a balance between low, grinding electronic beats, heavy rap, and future beat music. Earning the support of some of the most influential artists of our time—Usher, Kid Cudi, Skrillex, A-Trak, RL Grime, and more—KITTENS has solidified herself as a cornerstone in the ever-evolving DJ community and gained the recognition to grace the main stages stage of some of the biggest global festivals, including Coachella and EDC.

KITTENS has been named a “Rising Producer” by Mixmag, a DJ “reshaping LA’s club scene” by The Hundreds, and one of “25 Women to Watch,” by The Source magazine. She’s also been featured in DJ Magazine’s infamous TOP 100 issue as a “Fresh Act on the Rise.” Her aggressive style of DJing, rooted in her foundation as a hip-hop aficionado and use of harder track selections, often leaves people pleasantly shocked to find she is not as soft and fluffy as her name might suggest.

If not out DJing or working on music, KITTENS can be found hosting PWR, a celebrated series of nonprofit DJ workshops for women from which all proceeds are donated to local women’s shelters or LGBT centers.

DJ Rockaway

Born and raised in Queens, DJ Rockaway has been bringing her passion and love for music to US and international dance floors for nearly two decades. Although she is true New Yorker (just listen to her talk!), she is a regular on both the East and West coasts. You’ll find her spinning at nightclubs, weddings and other private events, and galas for national nonprofits, such as NCLR, HRC, and Equality California, to name a few—and she is also a regular DJ on Olivia cruise and resort vacations.

The executive producer of the San Francisco Women’s Stage and the founder of PLAY San Francisco and PLAY San Jose, monthly events for women who love to dance, DJ Rockaway has created a unique mix of music styles—dance, hip-hop, R&B, house, club, retro—that allows her to play for all who love to dance and feel the music. In her spare time, you can find her behind a camera lens, playing with her drone, or filming and editing music videos. For DJ Rockaway, music is more than a blend of sounds, music is an experience… she wants you to feel it, live it, escape into it.


DJ Lisa Pittman

DJ Lisa Pittman has been making toes tap, getting heads nodding, and asking people to put their hands in the air for over 13 years. From LP to CD turntables, she delivers an open format mix of club hits, hip-hop, and EDM.

DJLP holds down long-time and coveted DJ residencies for some of the most iconic names in Las Vegas nightlife: Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, TAO at the Venetian, and Marquee at The Cosmopolitan. She has been nominated for and awarded “Best DJ” in multiple categories, had her residencies crowned “Best in Nightlife,” and seen the nightclubs she spun for nationally recognized during her tenure as the premiere clubs in the world.

She competed on the final season of VH1’s Master of the Mix and has shared stages with some of the biggest artists in pop and hip hop. DJLP has DJ’d all over the world at LGBT events and festivals and for destination events, including for Olivia, Dinah, and Shedonism.

You don’t have to pay a cover charge to hear DJLP—she’s now broadcasting locally and nationally on the EDM and festival music station FireLane for Entercom Los Angeles and on the LGBTQ station Channel Q for

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