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Insights from LGBT Reporting with Brooke Sopelsa, the Editorial Director of NBC Out at NBC News

A conversation with lesbian journalist, Brooke Sopelsa…

Brooke Sopelsa is the editorial director of NBC Out, the LGBT section for, where they cover the queer community, creating stories about and of interest to the LGBT community.

Our lesbian chat…

During this episode of Women Wanting Women, Brooke Sopelsa shares:

  • How she found her first lesbian girlfriend (even though she was inexperienced and had no game back then)…
  • How she built up her lesbian friend group…
  • How she met her wife and courted her for six months before things got romantic…
  • A shocking fact about lesbian bars in the 1970’s and 80’s…
  • Insights about new expansive queer spaces opening up around the country (even in unexpected places)…
  • Advice for women to communicate more powerfully in professional settings… AND
  • The Catch22 all women face when negotiating for themselves at work.


Don’t miss the episode!


Also be sure to also check out Brooke Sopelsa’s book recommendation: Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman.

Learn more about Brooke Sopelsa and follow her on social media.

Brooke Sopelsa is the editorial director of NBC Out, the LGBTQ digital destination launched by NBC News in June 2016. Under Brooke’s leadership, seeks to both enlighten and entertain by showcasing enterprise reporting, original videos and other unique content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community.

In addition to assigning and editing LGBTQ breaking news stories, feature articles and video reports, Brooke has also spearheaded a number of franchises and special projects, including the annual #Pride30 list and the digital docu-series “Stonewall 50: The Revolution.” Since 2016, Brooke and NBC Out have been recognized with numerous awards, including a GLAAD Media Award, NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award, Digital Diversity Network Impact Award and Out & Equal Champion Award.

Prior to her return to the NBC family, Brooke was a producer at the Huffington Post, where she developed and produced live news and lifestyle segments. During her time at HuffPost, she created content ranging from business news segments to celebrity interviews — and was awarded a 2015 RTDNA Kaleidoscope Award for her LGBTQ coverage.

Before joining HuffPost, Brooke spent six years at NBC — first as a writer/producer for and then as a producer for, where she earned a GLAAD Media Award nomination for her multimedia report on the contemporary voguing scene.

In addition to digital media, Brooke has worked in both documentary film production and television news. She co-produced, shot and edited the documentary "Queer Streets," a film about LGBTQ homeless youth, which aired on MTV’s LOGO channel from 2008-2011. Brooke started her career in journalism as a production assistant and shortly thereafter an on-air reporter at Time Warner Cable Channel 10 News in Bergen County, N.J.

Brooke holds a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University and M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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