Daniela Costa

Freelance Writer and Film Critic

Editor of Gay Vegas, reporter/producer for RTP. Contributor for many great publications. Formerly with After Ellen. Member of GALECA.

My work has also appeared in @HuffingtonPostCanada, @DailyXtra, @theBUZZ, @OutFrontCO, @soflagaynews, @WindyCityTimes, @gaycalgary, @WatermarkOnline, @Into, @NBCOUT, @VICE, @Slate and @TeenVogue.

The below clippings are divided up in order by:

Multimedia, High Profile Interviews, High Profile Movie Reviews, Long-form Journalism, Sports Stories, Television Recaps/Reviews, Book Interviews/Reviews, More Interviews, More Movie Reviews, News Coverage & Profiles, and Other.

Portfolio

Exclusive: Susan Sarandon on "About Ray," "The Hunger" and being a lesbian icon
It's up for debate, but between Freeheld , Carol, Grandma , and several other standout films, 2015 is arguably the best year in lesbian-themed movies. Thanks to great...
"Sense8" star Jamie Clayton talks trans representation, Nomanita and LGBT leads
Have you binge watched Netflix's new sci-fi drama series Sense8 yet? Well you don't need any more reason than trans lesbian lead Nomi Marks. Nomi, played by the brilliant Jamie...
Ana Golja talks Zoe and Grace on "Degrassi" and working with Jennifer Beals
Ana Golja may be new on AfterEllen's radar, but she's more than making up for lost time. The 19-year-old came to our attention this summer after her character Zoe Rivas fell for...
"Rookie Blue" star Charlotte Sullivan talks playing gay cop Gail Peck
Rookie Blue 's Gail Peck may be a hard-ass, but Charlotte Sullivan who plays her is an absolute sweetheart. Last season Gail fell for Holly (Aliyah O'Brien ), only to have her...
"Rookie Blue" showrunner Tassie Cameron talks Gail Peck, Season 5 storylines and lesbians in the...
Rookie Blue is the little Canadian cop show that has captured our hearts. More specifically, Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan ) has arrested our attentions since the moment...
Exclusive: Erin McLeod talks women's soccer, getting hitched, and being out in sports
Erin McLeod is an Olympic medalist, the starting goalkeeper for Canada's national women's soccer team and an out and proud athlete. Erin was on hand to open PrideHouse Toronto...
"Carmilla" producer Steph Ouaknine gives us the on-set scoop for Season 2
After what feels like forever, Carmilla is finally back. Season 2 of the web series based off of J. Sheridan Le Fanu 's novella brings us a new set and new faces, as well as the...
Greg Louganis is Back on Board
It's easy to forget about the trailblazers as time passes by; some of us never even get to know them. Back on Board sets out to make sure we don't forget Olympic champion Greg...
Ice time
Angela James feels mixed emotions when she thinks back to her early years on the ice at North York's Flemingdon Arena. It's where she got her first taste of competitive hockey....
Carmilla - a web series with bite
Photo by DILLON TAYLOR A lesbian vampire crushes on her pint-sized roommate, who reciprocates while also carrying a torch for her statuesque TA. Add to the mix an...

High Profile Movie Reviews

Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone play gay in the hilarious "Catfight"
So, a much-needed shout-out needs to go to my editor, Trish Bendix. Why? Because without her, I would've completely forgotten to check out Catfight at the Toronto International...
The case for the female lesbian gaze in "Below Her Mouth"
I must admit, after some initial frustration, I'm glad the Toronto International Film Festival's two lesbian offerings this year are The Handmaiden and Below Her Mouth , both...
"(Re) Assignment" is the transphobic mess we expected
You know, as a film reviewer, critic, or whatever you want to call me, I have to go into a movie leaving behind any preconceived notions I may have. For two years in a row now,...
The male gaze dominates in "Fingersmith" adaptation "The Handmaiden"
My, my, what can I say about The Handmaiden (Agassi)? Do I think it's going to be one of the most (if not the most) talked about lesbian films of the year? Yes, I do. But do I...
Sarah Chalke and Cameron Esposito come out as a couple in "Mother's Day"
Yesterday was a bit surreal for me. Less than 24 hours after hearing about legendary director/writer/producer Garry Marshall's passing, a personal courier showed up at my door...
Clea DuVall reunites familiar faces in "The Intervention"
Holy reunions! I mean technically an "intervention" is a reunion, but I was thinking more along the lines of the holy But I'm a Cheerleader trinity of Clea DuVall , Natasha...
Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis shine in "Almost Adults"
Folks, after what's felt like a really long wait, Almost Adults is about to have its world premiere on May 28 in Toronto at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival . Yes, the...
"Southwest of Salem" looks at the unjust imprisonment of four Latina lesbians
Out director Deborah S. Esquenazi's Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four will undoubtedly make you mad, and that's a good thing. This documentary about the...
"First Girl I Loved" follows two high school girls infatuated with love and one another
First Girl I Loved premiered this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival as one of several films about LGBT women screening at the festival. That alone speaks well for the future...
2015: The Year in Lesbian/Bi Movies
If my entire film going experience this year has just been a dream, you can have the real world and leave me right here (except for the nightmare that was Stonewall -then just...
It's not ladies' night at "Stonewall"
You know, despite the bad rap Stonewall got before anyone even saw it, I largely withheld my judgment. I figured since the finished product wasn't that far away, I could wait...
"About Ray" is an important trans film with a lesbian subplot
Have you ever loved a movie despite it not completely satisfying all your needs? Like, it didn't check off all your boxes, or one specific box that's really important to you,...
"The Danish Girl" is a beautiful movie with some disappointing omissions
The Danish Girl was never going to be just another movie. With people already hailing it the Brokeback Mountain of the trans community, and the hype around it being Eddie...
"Summertime" is a riveting love story set in 1970's France
Oh the French, what with their flair for the dramatic and lengthy lesbian sex scenes. Let me tell you, if Blue Is The Warmest Color set the standard, Catherine Corsini's...
Jamie Babbit's "Fresno" delivers on the funny
The international premiere of the Jamie Babbit 's Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto this past weekend was the talk of the festival. Fresno at That's right, folks: Babbit is...
"Out to Win" shares the victories and hard losses for out athletes
In our sports-obsessed culture, 2014 stands out as the year of the gay athlete. Defensive Player of the Year honor along the way. In all of this, we cannot forget to mention...

Long-form Journalism

9 Shows That Actually Star LGBTQ People of Color
Of the visual media available to us in 2017, Web series are still what many consider a recent phenomenon. These sets of related videos are released on the Internet, typically in...
What it's like to be a Queer Woman at a Gay Christian Conference
This is a safe space, right? We can talk about anything, as long as it relates to queer women? So when I tell you I'm a queer Christian, you won't rule me out as a serious...

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