Daniela Costa


Known especially for my time with After Ellen (contributor), The Gaily Grind (staff writer), Gay Vegas (editor) and RTP (reporter/producer). Member of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics.

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

The below clippings are divided up 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.

Lisbon, Portugal (currently) / Toronto, Canada (hometown)



Out filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi on telling the story of wrongfully imprisoned Latina lesbians

is one of the most moving documentaries I've seen in a while. The film looks at the story of four lesbian friends, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four...


"Pansy!" offers up flowers against homophobia in France

Following the legalization of same-sex marriage in France, reports emerged that homophobic attacks in the country had risen by over 75 percent . Paying attention to these stats...


The queer themes of out playwright Trey Anthony's "How Black Mothers Say I Love You"

You might think a play about mother-daughter abandonment issues is the last place anyone would want to be on Mother's Day weekend, but not so. Out writer/director Trey Anthony's...


"La Sociologue et l'Ourson" tackles same-sex marriage and adoption with puppets

When conceptualizing a documentary that deals with the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, telling that story through the use of puppets and toys...


Brazilian filmmaker Vera Egito on her lesbian storyline in "Restless Love"

Being half Brazilian, I grew up watching a lot of telenovelas and the occasional Brazilian movie. Today, I spend more time watching foreign films than I do watching daily soaps,...


Out filmmaker Michal Vinik on her teen lesbian film "Barash"

Back in February, we told you about the edgy Israeli film Barash . Wanting to know more, we reached out to the film's out writer/director, Michal Vinik. She was kind enough to...


Lesbian Cinema Before Stonewall

What was queer cinema like before the '70s hit? Does it have claims on the very beginnings of moving pictures? Is this part of our history only a tale of censorship and subtext?...


Jane Anderson and Michelle Boyaner talk "Packed in a Trunk" and new projects

Having considered Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson one of the best queer documentaries of 2015 , I'm thrilled to have been able to chat recently with...


Colombian filmmaker Ana Maria Hermida on her lesbian movie, "The Firefly"

We recently told you about a film that's likely to become a favorite on the LGBT film festival circuit this year: The Firefly ( La Luciérnaga). The film, which showcases just...


On set: Season 4 of "Out with Dad"

We first told you about the adorable Canadian web series Out With Dad six years ago. Well it's been chugging along since then and we were lucky enough to snag an invite onset as...


"Romeo Romeo" documents the struggles a lesbian couple faces in getting pregnant

Pregnancy is a challenge that a lot of lesbian couples know well. Alexis and Jessica Casano-Antonellis know this a little too well. Their pregnancy journey was documented in...


Hit Australian lesbian series "Starting From Now" readies its fourth season

The Australian web series Starting From Now came on the scene almost two years ago and since then it's built a loyal fan base and garnered over 20 million views. The series...


Queer filmmaker Jen Heck on forming a cross-cultural music group in "The Promised Band"

What happens when a well-intentioned American TV producer wants her Israeli and Palestinian friends to bond? A half-assed music group and a documentary called The Promised Band...


Bisexual director Shonali Bose on her revolutionary queer film "Margarita, with a Straw"

We first told you how much we loved Flash forward to the end of 2015 and we Margarita, with a Straw 10 months ago. This movie about two women with disabilities falling in love...


Out actress Vanessa Dunn on her band Vag Halen and new queer movie role

Vanessa Dunn is a very recognizable face and voice in Toronto's queer scene, but After Ellen readers everywhere might remember her from B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye . Now with her...


Longtime lesbian couple Sheri Barden and Lois Johnson talk Daughters of Bilitis and "Gen Silent"

Today is Blogging for LGBT Elders Day and Logo TV is fittingly screening the documentary Gen Silent . The 2011 documentary is about six LGBT seniors facing isolation and the...


Sabrina Jalees on "Portrait of a Serial Monogamist" and writing queer storylines on NBC's "Crowded"

VH1′s Sabrina Jalees is an out Canadian comedian, long loved in her native country. After a few years of living in New York City and then moving to Los Angeles, 2014 and 2015...


Monica Zanetti on writing and starring in the awesome Aussie lesbian film, "Skin Deep"

Several months ago we raved over the Aussie flick Skin Deep in our review of the film. It was no surprise then when it made it onto our year-end list as an Indie Winner. This...


"Janis: Little Girl Blue" barely touches on Janis Joplin's bisexuality

When I first heard about the latest Janis Joplin documentary on the scene, I knew I had to set my eyes on it. It was one of those rare occasions where you already know you love...


HRC's new documentary details how religious spaces can be come more LGBT-friendly

Our recent article on the firing of LGBT staff at Catholic schools was just the latest reminder that many faith communities and institutions are still reluctant to truly open...