Daniela Costa

Freelance Writer and Film Critic

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

My work has also appeared in @HuffingtonPostCanada, @DailyXtra, @theBUZZ, @HornetStories, @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

Lesbian spaces continue to suffer in "Changing Tides"
All good things must come to an end, right? But why is that especially true of lesbian establishments? Lesbian bars, clubs, restaurants, etc. have been closing up shop left and...
"Girl Gets Girl" has Spanish lesbians in love, lust and drama
Let's take a trip down memory lane all the way back to 2007. Do you remember the much-loved Spanish web series Girl Seeks Girl ( Chica Busca Chica)? Did you just sing the title...
Five Fabulous Foreign Queer Documentaries Worth Watching
I love documentaries. What's more, I've always dug the hell out of foreign documentaries. Foreign documentaries with queer folks at their core? My Holy Grail. So in an effort to...
"The Firefly" is a sweet Sapphic love story sparked by grief
Have you ever seen an improbable scenario executed so effectively onscreen that you can't help but suspend your disbelief in order to feel as happy as those characters feel? It...
"Dual" is a fun international lesbian love story
European cinema's unique ability to make you feel so much of something while giving you absolutely nothing continues to astonish me with every film I watch. That's a nothing,...
"In Hiding" presents a problematic view of lesbianism in WWII Poland
So, Nazi-era Poland is probably not the best setting for a lesbian love story. Certainly it doesn't bode well for a happy one. Yet, if you're like me, you can't help but be...
A trans woman, her wife and her daughter are the focus of "From This Day Forward"
Try as we might, we can't really peg love-especially romantic love. It just comes in too many shapes and sizes, and with its unique ability to evolve and adapt (although this...
"We Can Be Gay Today" celebrates the first-ever pride marches in Lithuania
Lithuania is widely regarded as one of the most homophobic countries in all of Europe, with its capital city of Vilnius thought to be one of the worst European cities in that...
"Sick" tells the story of a woman institutionalized for being gay
It's a nightmare scenario: You're 16 and your parents ship you off to a psychiatric hospital after finding out you're gay. A year and a half later they release you, only to lock...
"We Do" looks at three same sex couples' pursuit of marriage equality
Today, same sex couples can get married anywhere in the U.S. and have it count anywhere in the U.S. I realize you're probably already aware of this "news," but have you thought...
"Clambake" pays homage to 30 years of Women's Week in Provincetown
That's it: I'm abandoning my family. The FOMO is too much! I mean, I already knew that Women's Week in Provincetown kicked off on Columbus Day, which just so happens to coincide...
"Queer City" delves into the lives of New York City's lesbian and bi women
When you think about the LGBT movement in North America, one city is a clear standout-New York. More specifically, the Stonewall riots of 1969 in Greenwich Village come to mind....
"Zoe.Misplaced" portrays a complex lesbian love triangle
One unwritten rule everyone knows: You're not supposed to date your best friend's ex. But come on, the lesbian community is so small that there's bound to be some overlap. It's...
Lesbian home movies highlight our community's real history in "Reel in the Closet"
I love a well-made biopic. Anything that can transport me back in time to tell the story of a person or people I'm genuinely interested in is gold in my books. So of course I'm...
"A Girl at My Door" is an uncomfortable look at homophobia in South Korea
Some dramas are bound to make you feel uncomfortable simply because they straddle a thin line between trying to be "real" and really going for shock value. The South Korean film...
Get lost and found with the beautiful "Nordland"
Think you have abandonment issues? Try having your girlfriend strand you during what should have been a romantic trip to Norway. That's the plot behind the perfectly European...
"This is Gay Propaganda" highlights LGBT life in Ukraine
When Euromaidan commenced in Ukraine in late November 2013, the world stood at attention. But as is so often the case during popular uprisings, many of us overlooked the various...
"Skin Deep" is a must-see tale of fast friendship
Some people are just meant to come into your life, just as you're meant to come into theirs. It can be for the most random of reasons, and it can be over in an instant, but you...
"Gaming in Color" delves into the queer world of video games
I think it's important given the context of this review to inform you that I don't consider myself a gaymer, or even much of a casual gamer. But as a product of the '90s, I...
Diana DeGarmo stars in lesbian mob comedy "Alto"
No mincing words- Alto is about as cheesy as the damn lasagna it keeps mentioning and just as stereotypically Italian-American. When I read the describer "lesbian mob comedy," I...
"Misfits" documents LGBT teens in the Buckle of the Bible Belt
Tulsa, Oklahoma has picked up quite the nickname for itself-Buckle of the Bible Belt. Unsurprisingly, life feels pretty constrictive for LGBT teens there. With a population of...
"One: A Story of Love and Equality" tackles the same-sex marriage debate in North Carolina
In the context of the same-sex marriage debate, it's natural for the queer community to ignore the other side-after all, they've ignored us plenty. But we learn nothing in doing...
"Enchantments" does "Emma" with Wiccan lesbians in NYC
Jane Austen's novels have inspired many a film, several of which are great works in their own right. There have been some pretty noteworthy modern adaptations too, like Clueless...
"The State of Marriage" details how lesbians won same-sex marriage for Vermont
If you had asked folks back in the early '90s if they thought little Vermont would be at the heart of the battle for same-sex partnership rights, they would've probably scoffed...
"In the Absence of the Sun" shows it still needs to get better for queer women in Indonesia
I've been in a happy bubble for the past few days, watching and reviewing movies about the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Vermont and North Carolina , and then receiving...
"Atlántida" is a sweet coming of age and Sapphic summer romance
When we hear of summers of love, we often think hot, hot heat. They've become synonymous with teenage coming of age stories. But sometimes that heat is instead a pleasant...
"All About E" puts a lesbian spin on the road movie genre
A lesbian of Lebanese background and a gay Irish lad on the lam in Australia-the road movie you never knew you wanted. This is writer/director Louise Wadley's All About E. The...
"Purple Skies" is a look into the lesbian, bisexual and trans community in India
Some movies are labors of love that somehow charm you, all flaws aside. Documentaries that fit that description, well, they're a lot more likely than a scripted movie to get a...
"Open Windows" gives us a view into the lives of older European lesbians
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for older women. In the most professional way possible, of course. I mean it! Aging within the lesbian community is one of my favorite subject...
"Anita's Last Cha-Cha" will dance its way into your heart
A damn delight-that's how I'd describe Filipino film Anita's Last Cha-Cha in a few words. Fortunately I have several hundred more to play with! One of the themes we rarely get...

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