About Us

The Seattle Lesbian
(TSL) is a daily online newspaper operating from offices in the Pacific Northwest, and reaching communities spanning continents around the world. TSL has changed the landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life by providing thought-provoking content with substantial relevancy on various angles of discussion and advocacy.

Sarah Toce, Founder/Publisher

Sarah Toce (Photo: Steph Brusig)
Sarah Toce
(Photo: Steph Brusig)

Named one of GO Magazine’s Red Hot Entrepreneurs of 2014, award-winning journalist Sarah Toce has interviewed and profiled many of the world’s most influential players ranging from high-level politicians to A-list celebrities, health experts, and key civil rights advocates. Her diversified portfolio has runs the gamut between local, national and international news coverage and features.

Sarah is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Seattle’s only lesbian newspaper – The Seattle Lesbian. In its first year alone, The Seattle Lesbian reached a threshold of one million readers on a global scale. In 2012, the Seattle Lesbian was a distinguished recipient of the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneurs Award.

Sarah’s work is regularly featured in Huffington Post, Curve magazine, Windy City Times, and other respected national publications.

In 2012, Sarah contributed to the book, Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. Recently, she reported on the Windy City Times’ AIDS @ 30 series, which won the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, and was nominated for a national Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Award, in the same category with The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

Sarah currently serves on the board of Seattle Pride.

Member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and the Online News Association (ONA).

Steph Brusig, Founder/Staff Photographer

Steph NOH8 picSteph Brusig is co-owner of The Seattle Lesbian and a sports and events photographer who has captured everything from the Seattle Storm home games to the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. Her photos have been featured in Curve magazine, Windy City Times, SheWired, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, and other news outlets around the country. When she isn’t attending high-profile sports or political events, Steph can be found on the red carpet. She has photographed everyone from Cybill Shepherd and Chely Wright to Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. Steph serves as the staff photographer for The Seattle Lesbian.

The Seattle Lesbian Contributors

DBDorothy (Bosteder) Emerson graduated from UC Davis with a bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in Rhetoric, a fancy word for communication. For years her passion for the written word was satisfied by journaling and voracious reading. Recently she’s set her sites on a higher aspiration. When she’s not walking a tightrope over flames while juggling knives and priceless plates at her day job as a product/project manager at a regional bank, or nudging her two strong-willed teenagers into adulthood, Dorothy is writing a memoir about her adventures as a mother during her coming out process. She aspires to be a wealthy, famous, world-renowned writer and, in the meantime, she enjoys being with close friends, indulging in luscious food and wine, creating a home, practicing yoga, and writing a regular column for The Seattle Lesbian with her partner, Kelli Williamson.

KMKelly Morris graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012 and is currently looking to put her Journalism degree to use. She is a contributing writer for The Seattle Lesbian and CherryGrrl while working at a few restaurants so she can make the move from the cornfields to the mountains in hopes of pursuing a career in Denver. Between watching reality TV shows and practicing the art of veganism, Kelly likes to obsess over Dave Matthews, drink Starbucks and apply for jobs. Read more.

RPRebecca Platter graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Comparative History of Ideas and a minor in Russian Literature. After studying abroad in Iceland and graduating on the Dean’s List, she backpacked throughout Europe then later moved to Costa Rica volunteering to tutor locals in English. Passionate about LGBTQ rights, Rebecca is excited to serve as a contributing writer for The Seattle Lesbian while working to transition her love of writing into a career. Rebecca is obsessed with painting multiple headed naked women, traveling anywhere she can, writing about life and wearing red lipstick whenever possible. She is currently writing a set of personal comedic memoirs. Read more.

KWKelli Williamson is a contributing writer and columnist for The Seattle Lesbian, co-authoring the bi-weekly relationship column, In the Midst, with her partner, Dorothy (Bosteder) Emerson. Kelli is concurrently writing a fictional novel based on her family history, beginning with her great grandmother’s immigration from Tripoli, Lebanon. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from The School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego. She is a counselor, consultant, and trainer in couple, family and child therapy with areas of specialty in trauma and abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, spirituality, and LGBTQ issues. In addition, she consults with non-profit agencies providing organizational development, strategic planning, and leadership training. Kelli blends writing and psychotherapy facilitating “Healing through Writing” groups and workshops.