lgbt+ history month may be winding down, but our love for ALISON BECHDEL burns as strong as ever! alison first popped onto the scene in 1983 with her comic strip, DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR (or DTWOF), where she first introduced the concept of the BECHDEL TEST. (fun fact: alison moved to nyc in 1981 to be an artist but was rejected from all the schools she applied to and instead took a series of publishing-related jobs, a struggle to which we can RELATE.) in 2006, alison published what's probably her best-known work, FUN HOME, a graphic, autobiographical novel chronicling her coming-of-age, coming out, and (spoiler alert) father's tragic suicide. FUN HOME was met with a bunch of extraordinarily well-deserved acclaim (new york times, among a host of other publications, named it "one of the best books of 2006"), became a finalist for that year's national book critics circle award, and premiered in musical form (!!!) at new york city's THE PUBLIC THEATER in fall of 2013, moving from off-broadway to BROADWAY-BROADWAY in spring of 2015 and garnering a brand new slew of praise, not to mention 12 TONY AWARD nominations and FIVE WINS, including BEST MUSICAL (composer JEANINE TESORI and lyricist LISA KRON also made herstory as the first all-women team to win a TONY AWARD for BEST SCORE—again, !!!). if you're a queer person (or a non-queer person) and haven't yet encountered FUN HOME in any form, we suggest that you put down your phone and go make that happen for yourself IMMEDIATELY. but seriously, we are so eternally grateful that alison bechdel exists, and for the amazingly positive impact her work has had on so many people in the queer community (including us!) ~ a top five favorite dykon forever.