About Us


The Seattle Lesbian
 is a daily online newspaper operating from offices in the Pacific Northwest, and reaching communities spanning continents around the world. The Seattle Lesbian 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.

The Seattle Lesbian was awarded the McCormick Foundation‘s New Media Women Entrepreneur grant from J-Lab in 2012. The McCormick Foundation supports free, vigorous and diverse news media that provide citizens the vital information they need to make reasoned decisions in a democracy.

In 2015, The Seattle Lesbian became a NASDAQ content partner.

The Seattle Lesbian works closely with the University of Washington to feature a regular stream of diverse voices. Write for us! The Seattle Lesbian regularly features freelance submissions from various community intersections. Pitches may be sent to: info@theseattlelesbian.com.

Sarah Toce, Founder/Publisher

Global influencer, journalist and publisher Sarah Toce was recognized by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Congresswoman Maxine Waters as one of their 2017 Community Builders. She was the recipient of the distinguished 2016 LGBT Leadership Award from the Washington Diversity Council. In 2014, she was named one of GO Magazine’s Red Hot Entrepreneurs. In 2012, the McCormick Foundation named Sarah one of their New Media Women Entrepreneurs for her work developing and publishing Seattle’s daily LGBT online newspaper – The Seattle Lesbian. In its first year alone, The Seattle Lesbian reached a threshold of one million readers on a global scale. In 2015, The Seattle Lesbian became a NASDAQ partner.

Sarah 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 currently serves on the boards of the Society of Professional Journalists – Western Washington Pro Chapter  and GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics. She also works with Family Equality Council on the  West Coast Advisory Committee.

Sarah is the founder and producer of Seattle Women’s Pride.

Steph Brusig, Founder/Staff Photographer

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Steph Brusig

Steph Brusig is co-owner of The Seattle Lesbian and a sports and events photographer who has captured everything from personal audiences with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, to the Seattle Storm, Lilith Fair, Steven Tyler, Coldplay, and Depeche Mode. Her work is regularly featured in globally respected publications.

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 also serves as the staff photographer for The Seattle Lesbian.

Heather Cassell, Contributor

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Heather Cassell

Heather Cassell is the publisher and editor of GirlsThatRoam.com, an online women’s travel magazine and community. She’s covered LGBT and women’s issues for more than 20 years. Six years ago she began her roaming adventures in Austria, Israel, Canada, Central America and around the U.S. Most recently she’s visited Dublin, London, Madrid, and Paris and she continues to travel around the U.S. 

She’s also owns and operates Girls That Roam’s travel agency arm, Girls That Roam Travel in association with Travel Advisors of Los Gatos, as an independent wanderlust counselor specializing in women’s and LGBTQ travel and helping people create memorable vacations.

Heather lives in San Francisco and San Jose with her partner.

Dawn Celeste McGregor
Dawn Celeste McGregor

Dawn Celeste McGregor, Contributor

Dawn Celeste McGregor is a LGBT activist and relationship expert. Her writing has been published in The Advocate, Seattle Gay News and The Seattle Lesbian as an advocate for transgender and gender non-conforming rights. As a professional intuitive coach for over 20 years, Dawn brings her an extraordinary level of insight into the human condition and connectivity. She has helped many people access what has restricted them, facilitating break-throughs into creating the relationships they desire. Her degree in Philosophy has cultivated an analytical and strategic mind that recognizes patterns and interconnectivity. Dawn has also worked as a counselor for at-risk youth, seniors and people with developmental disabilities.

Reach out to Dawn at her website: Expansive Connections or via Facebook.