'I felt invisible and crazy': How coming out as gay led showrunner Lauren Morelli to reboot Tales of the City

Lauren Morelli got her big break writing for Orange is the New Black. Now, she's the showrunner on a new Netflix series called Tales of the City.

Originally published on May 28, 2019

In 2013, television writer Lauren Morelli got her big break writing for the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

In addition to landing her dream job, she and her husband had just had a beautiful wedding — but something wasn't right. Looking back, Morelli credits her time working on Orange Is the New Black with helping her realize that she was gay.

Now, Morelli is married to a woman, actor Samira Wiley, and she's found a new equilibrium as the showrunner and executive producer on a new Netflix series called Tales of the City — a reboot of a TV miniseries from the '90s about a queer community in San Francisco, based on Armistead Maupin's classic novels from the '70s.

She joined host Tom Power live in the q studio to tell us more about her personal story and Tales of the City, which will be released on Netflix on Friday, June 7.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation.

— Produced by Kaitlyn Swan and Beza Seife

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