Gillian Branstetter

Gillian Branstetter is a reporter and essayist who specializes in the intersection of technology, LGBTQ issues, and privacy. In April 2018, she joined the National Center for Transgender Equality as a media relations manager.

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Don't miss these vital human stories.

On Dec 23, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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’32 Pills’ explores depression, suicide with dangerous methods

Hope Litoff wants answers.

On Dec 9, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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‘Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge’ bows at the altar of classic rock

It's the story Jann Wenner wants you to see—for better or worse.

On Nov 7, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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LCD Soundsystem makes the first good album about 2017

Instead of lashing out at a changing society, James Murphy gets sincere.

On Sep 2, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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Kevin Bacon gets objectified in ‘I Love Dick,’ a wild deconstruction of sexual appeal

The Amazon original from 'Transparent' showrunner Jill Soloway flips the script.

On May 15, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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Patricia Lockwood, internet folk hero, brings her piercing wit home on ‘Priestdaddy’

'Priestdaddy' is a wounding memoir, and an achingly funny look at a family living in Catholic guilt.

On May 4, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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HBO doc ‘Tickled’ snowballs into an intense thriller

David Farrier wanted to explore a quirky online niche. He got way more than he bargained for.

On Feb 27, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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Don’t underestimate the value of nostalgia in ‘La La Land’

'La La Land' works because the story it tells should be desperately familiar to viewers in 2016.

On Jan 1, 2017 by Gillian Branstetter

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Should you be binging Netflix’s ‘The OA’? God yes

It's a beautiful, mysterious hit.

On Dec 19, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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Against Mike Rowe’s folksy Facebook rants

As long as reality TV stars replace our presidents, they might as well replace our pundits.

On Nov 12, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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Why Facebook should kill Trending News once and for all

Facebook can't replace editorial curation with algorithms—and it should stop trying.

On Sep 1, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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The problem with calling Leslie Jones’s attackers ‘trolls’

This is what happens when we normalize unacceptable behavior.

On Aug 25, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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Emo’s overlooked mental health crisis

A distinct and serious problem.

On Jul 26, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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Why no one believes Taylor Swift

Kim Kardashian's Snapchat videos are a big problem for Swift.

On Jul 18, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter

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How the creator of ‘Dilbert’ became the hero of the Trump subreddit

Scott Adams has made a second career criticizing feminists and theorizing on Trump's power.

On Jun 27, 2016 by Gillian Branstetter