By Denise Warner
On the heels of the already infamous
TIME Magazine April cover, Kristen Ellis-Henderson
and Antigone Rising are set to release
their new EP and first single, “That Was the
Whiskey.”In case you missed the article in our
April issue, yes, that’s Kristen kissing her wife
on the cover of TIME Magazine! The first single
from Antigone Rising’s forthcoming EP (due
out later this spring) is available for download
on iTunes now.
What was your reaction when you were
first approached by TIME Magazine?
My initial reaction was excitement. I loved
the idea of being involved in the piece that
TIMEMagazinewas doing about Marriage
Equality, DOMA, Prop 8 and the Supreme
Did they tell you anything about
what the cover/shoot was going to
At first, the information we received was
vague, just that they were looking for married
couples to shoot for the cover story they were
doing on the Supreme Court hearings. As the
day unfolded, we did get word that they may
be looking for a couple that is willing to kiss in
front of the camera. And clearly, Sarah and I
did not have a problem with that!
Is there any way to prepare for something
as big as this?
Well, yes, and no. I did go shopping because
the directive for the shoot was to wear khaki
pants and light colors –mostly things that
don’t exist in my wardrobe since I play in a
rock band. So, I prepared by shopping at the
Gap! But, if you mean coming out on such a
grand scale in such a grand way, there probably
is no way to prepare for it. I just know how I
feel. I feel like my family deserves equality. I’m
no less an American than my next door neighbor
is. The LGBT community deserves equality.
And, if you ask me, I’m going to show up to
help make a statement for our cause. At some
point during my coming out process, which I
believe is a lifelong one, I became prepared
for this moment, and the moment may have
happened one second before I kissed Sarah
in front of the camera!
You are a wife, mother, author and musician.
How do you manage all that?
I think I handle it just like anyone else handles
all their various roles. I can tell you that I fall
asleep really hard at night!
You and your wife became pregnant at
the same exact time and wrote a book
together (Times Two) about it. How did
you stay sane through all of that?
Sarah and I have a great network of friends
and family that we leaned on throughout the
pregnancies. We are...
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