18 January 2013 7:43 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

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I went to see Les Miserables because I was contractually obligated. Not by AfterEllen, but by a blood oath I took backstage during a high school production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“If they ever make Les Mis into a movie,” my friend and aspiring actress said, in the faux English accent she’d picked up after attending the renaissance faire, “swear you’ll go.”

To me, Margaret’s suburban girl obsession with the melodrama of the poverty stricken french seemed just as distasteful as her fixation on all things Holocaust. But then, when you’re a white teenager, casting about for something as irrefutably melancholic as your insides feel, more often than not, six million dead Jews fit the bill. Still, Margaret was my best friend, and at 16, I did just about everything she wanted. It’s tempting to read back onto that relationship nascent lesbian longings. »

- Sarah Terez Rosenblum

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