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eurOut magazine Dear reader
As I’m writing this, my fingers are
As a magazine exclusive I had the
cold, I hear the wind blowing outside
and the streets are covered in snow.
lesbian filmmaker Nienke Eijsink,
Winter has definitely kicked in and
who made a very original debut last
within a month 2010 will be history.
year with a documentary about her
And what an eventful year it has
childhood lesbian fandom. Should
you ever be able to watch FAN, don’t
hesitate to do so. It’s quite unlike I will always remember August, the
any documentary I’ve seen before,
month where a part of the eurOut
and I mean that in a good way!
team headed off to Germany to be at the Gay Games and of course
So, next month we’re starting a
the other events we were able to
fresh year. We’ll keep on doing what
attend this year, like the ILGA-
we’re doing and I hope you will keep
Europe conference and the premiere
providing us with feedback, news
of Dutch series Hot Grass, have
tips, suggestions, etc. Even though
also been wonderful and unique
Christmas and New Year’s are still a
few weeks away, I wish you all happy holidays on behalf of the entire
To keep you entertained during the
eurOut team. Have fun, be good, be
upcoming cold days, Natazzz made
safe, and most importantly: be with
a list of ten lesbian web series that
the ones you love.
are worth checking out. Meanwhile, Anna looked at lesbian storylines on TV and paid extra attention to
the latest lesbian developments on German soap Forbidden Love. Also
be sure to check out our TV listing
in the back to see which shows with
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(11 June 1877 - 18 November 1909) Renée Vivien, born Pauline Mary Tarn was a British poet who wrote in the French language. She took to heart all the mannerisms of Symbolism, as one of the last poets to claim allegiance to the school. Her compositions include sonnets, hendecasyllabic verse, and prose poetry. Born in London, England to a wealthy British father and American mother from Jackson, Michigan. She grew up in Paris and London. Upon inheriting her father's fortune at 21, she emigrated permanently to France. In Paris, Vivien's dress and lifestyle were as notorious among the bohemian set as was her verse. To read m ore about this amazing lesbian who lived life out loud, but whose life was tragically too short, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9 e_Vivien
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Vivian lived lavishly, as an open lesbian, and carried on a well-known affair with American heiress and writer Natalie Clifford Barney.
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In This Issue
Finland’s Church and Gays?
More LesBianism on German soap ‘Forbidden Love’
We Are Everywhere
Lesbian Visibility: Online Outing
Lesbian News Stack
Lists Are Hot: 10 Lesbian web series
How Effective is Online Activism?
Lesbian Life: Out in the Work Force
The Consequences of LesBian Stoylines on TV
22 Studying LesBians: Fun with Academia – The Dyke Diagnostic Manual 24
Love Does Not Exclude in Poland
25 Interview: Dutch Lesbian Film Maker Nienke Eijsink 28
Where Are We on Television?
A List of LGBT Organizations
Finland’s Church and Gays? A TV debate in Finland on homosexuality and the church has recently led to so much uproar that great numbers of people have digitally resigned from the church. By: Gwen
Finland Turku cathedral
Above you’ll find the short answer
this 80% pays 2% Church taxes. The
was some sort of spirit or life force, and
to the question posed in the title of this
average amount of money paid by a
16% answered they didn’t believe there
article, and it is also a weird sentence
single tax payer is 300 euros, and it is
was any sort of spirit, God, or life force.
that raises a couple of new questions,
estimated the Church has lost about 6
According to another survey from 2005,
so I’ll give you the long answer instead.
million euros so far.
between 28 and 60% of the Finnish
For instance, what exactly happened
Although about 80% of the Finnish
believers. Still, it seems like a large
the night of the TV debate? Can people
portion of these agnostics, atheists and
just digitally resign from the church?
Evangelical Lutheran Church - and small
non-believers are a member of a church,
Why would you actually resign from the
minorities a member of the Finnish
and it would be safe to say most of them
church? They won’t notice it, will they?
are probably part of the Evangelical
population are agnostic, atheist or nonis
churches, the Roman Catholic Church,
First off, yes, the Evangelical Lutheran
and a probably even smaller percentage
Church in Finland will most definitely
belonging to the Muslim, Jewish and
I think this is something common
notice it when you withdraw your
other non-Christian communities - by
around Northern Europe, or perhaps
membership. There exists a to me quite
the end of 2009 it was estimated that
less so in the more populated areas.
peculiar system in Scandinavia (like in
about 18% of the population was not
But I grew up in Catholic schools and
Great Britain) where there are ‘state
religious. This is when you go by the
knew many people who were baptized,
memberships of some sort of church.
went through their First Communion at
Church in Finland traditionally accounts
In 2005 a survey was conducted in
age eight or nine, and Confirmation at
for about 80% of the population (the
which 41% of the Finns responded that
age eleven to thirteen. These occasions
numbers vary depending on where you
they believed there was a God, while
would be celebrated by a large group
look), and everyone who belongs to
another 41% said they believed there
of family and friends, and they carried
Finland’s Church and Gays? great importance, but during the rest
to liitykirkkoon.fi and sign up again.
of the year, most of them would be
That’s nifty, isn’t it?
Räsänen, Evangelical Lutheran Church reverend Leena Huovinen and the bishop of Tampere Matti Repo took
seen in church only with Christmas and sometimes with Easter. At the age I am
The people who do remain in church,
part in the program. The TV debate
now, of most of my friends I don’t know
even though they are then required to
was called Homoilta (Gay Night) and
how strongly they believe. I think I have
pay taxes, do so to remain allowed to get
dealt with several gay rights issues,
only one friend from high school who
married in church. Which, having grown
including the right of same-sex couples
still wears a cross necklace. She’s Greek
up the way I described earlier, I can
to marry in church. Recently there has
Orthodox, but she doesn’t go to church
totally understand. That the existence of
been a proposition of replacing the
except for special occasions. A few of my
God or the weekly attendance of church
existing marriage laws with gender-
other friends are decidedly Catholic, but
masses may not matter that much in
neutral marriage, similar to what the
the same goes for them, last Christmas
your day-to-day life, doesn’t mean living
was probably the last time they were
your most important moments with a
in church, unless there happened to
connection to the church community
Before the program aired, already
be a younger cousin’s Confirmation in
doesn’t matter either.
150 people had quit the church, so it
was a fairly average day. During the On the 12th of October, a TV debate
first hour of the program, 83 people
So since we’ve established a Finnish
aired in Finland about gay rights.
more renounced their membership, and
person pays about 300 euros a year
Christian Democratic Party leader Päivä
by the end of the day there were 371
in church taxes, and quite a number of them are similar to the people in the area I grew up in, why don’t they simply end their membership? Well, some of them do. And this is where the online resigning comes in. On any given day, between 140 and 150 people leave the church over the internet. With the end of the year in sight, and with the end of the year the due date for church taxes, these figures are typically higher. Finnish broadcasting company YLE reports that while on average 2.000 people leave the Image copyright Eurooppalainen Suomi ry via WikipediaWikipedia
church in May each year, in December this can sometimes be as much as 9.000 people. The website eroakirkosta.fi enables you to resign from both state churches, so both the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Church. You can fill in your name and the names of any children you might have, after which the website sends the paper version of your resignation to Tampere to get it processed. According to the Swedish FAQ on the site, there is no specific reason Tampere was chosen, because the paper version then gets forwarded to the parish you are part of. If you want
to re-join the church, you can simply go
Finland’s Church and Gays? people who had quit in total. The next
and that it would be ‘appropriate’ to give
the other hand, the archbishop comes
morning, another 177 did the same.
officially registered same-sex couples
across to me as a reasonable man, and
the same legal rights as those enjoyed
I wonder if maybe we shouldn’t be more
Because I sadly don’t speak Finnish
worried about the opinion of a member
apart from the numbers one to three
of parliament, opposition or not. But
Archbishop Mäkinen would rather see
it could be I underestimate – or can’t
people stay and voice their opinions
determine – the power of the clergy in
within the Church.
subtitled version of the fragment, I
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can only go by the reports of what was Although it seems like a lot of Finns
gather is that Päivä Räsänen says the
see no other choice and have quit
Bible defines homosexuality as a sin.
the Church, the chairwoman of the
She also says this isn’t new – “I have
main Finnish LGBT rights organization
spoken about the views I outlined during
SETA, Outi Hannula, has praised the
the programme on dozens of previous
more enlightened voices from within
occasions.” A response to Räsänen
the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She
comes in the form of Stefan Wallin
wrote an op-ed piece in a newspaper,
(leader of the Swedish People’s Party
together with the bishop of Espoo,
in Finland), the minister responsible for
Mikko Heikka, who said the Church
church affairs. Wallin says Räsänen can’t
wants to defend the rights of same-
escape her responsibility for the giant
sex couples. “It is a good week when
number of people leaving church since
a second ecclesiastical person in a high
the TV debate.
position makes a statement defending the rights of same-sex couples”, said
Image copyright Scoo via Wikipedia
Mäkinen has been more friendly in his statements. “I understand that
As in many places, I think the general
many are expecting that the Church
would more clearly show that it accepts
‘exodus’, as I’ve seen it almost ironically
referred to in several places, gives a
previously said he supports offering
strong message to church leadership as
blessing to same-sex couples in church,
to what the people think and want. On
Further Reading: Hundreds quit church following news programme on homosexuality: bit.ly/yle-church01 Wallin blames Räsänen for church’s PR disaster: bit.ly/helsinki-timeschurch Religion in Finland: en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Religion_in_ Finland
Image copyright Soppakanuuna via Wikipedia
said in languages I do speak. What I
More lesBianism on German soap ‘Forbidden Love’ After the departure of lesbian couple Carla and Stella on popular German soap ‘Forbidden Love’, the show introduces a new possible lesBian couple: Rebecca and Miriam. Anna takes a look at what the internet can tell us so far about these characters and their storyline. By: Anna McFaith German
(Verbotene Liebe) loves us. It’s fair to say it’s done right by us. Even though the storylines were handled in true soap story style; Carla Sophia Gräfin von Lahnstein has been a lesbian from the Image copyright ARD
near-beginning and stayed a lesbian throughout the remainder of her stay. She married a woman, had a child with her and eventually left the series with her new love, Stella. Now, we hear, another lesBian storyline might be developing! The website of Bild loosely reports the following on the new couple: “The sweet Jasmin Lord (21; plays the noble Rebecca von Lahnstein), and the as sweet Romina Becks (22; who plays waitress Miriam Pesch) begin to develop feelings for each other. Hot scenes! For both girls it was the first time with a woman. ‘Jasmin’s lips are incredibly soft,’ says Romina. ‘And when we kiss, we don’t have to look up all the time, since we’re about the same height. I’m very open when it comes to homosexuality, I find that gender makes no difference in the ‘game’. That’s also how it should come across in our scenes.’ Jasmin Lord is also pleased with her new love: ‘For me kissing a woman is breaking new ground - but I find them more tender. I haven’t kissed a woman privately and I’m attracted more to men. But who knows what the future holds.’” The homepage of Forbidden Love tells
Rebecca & Miriam
us the following about Rebecca von
Forbidden Love has done right by the
gay community in both lesbian and “Rebecca von Lahnstein is attractive,
homosexual storylines. Even if this turns
and a fashion talent. The beautiful
out to be a bi-curious fling, the writers
daughter of Ludwig Graf von Lahnstein
and directors might handle it really,
has trouble with men: again and again
she falls in love with the wrong man. Her friendship with the gay couple Olli
At the moment of publishing this
and Christian is put to the test, because
article the storyline has kicked off on
Rebecca has lost her heart to Christian.
the soap. We will keep you informed
But it is strong enough to cope with her
about its progress! If you have access to
German TV channel ARD, you can watch
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Forbidden Love from Monday to Friday Miriam Pesch is described as follows: “Miriam is the heart and soul of ‘No Limits’ - She is always in a good mood and supports Olli and Christian behind the counter where she makes many a man’s heart beat faster. But her dream man, the sweet blonde has still not found...” Forgive me for being slightly worried here. I recapped Dutch soap ONM and I’m pretty sure the bios of the ‘lesBian’ lovebirds on that show read about the same.
Further Reading: The official ‘Verbotene Liebe’ website: daserste.de/ verboteneliebe Videos with English subtitles: youtube.com/user/ MiriBecca
We Are Everywhere
Here is your overview of everything that happened and is about to happen in the world of European lesBian entertainment. We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the latest events and movie releases, what’s been happening in TV land and who did what to whom.
If you like your Christmas TV
There’s a brand new Swedish
watching to have a little lesbian
lesbian web series entitled
The Jewish Film Festival, which
flavour, you might be happy to
STHLM Darling, which will
is taking place in Vienna until
know singer and NorwegianTV
premiere December 12. They
December 12, includes three movies
presenter Heidi Marie
have already released a trailer,
with lesbian themes. The movies in
Vestrheim will be hosting the
which makes me think this
question are La finestra di fronte
Christmas morning show again
series is going to be fun, but
(Facing Windows), La folle histoire
on NRK Super. The show will
also very dramatic. Go to blog.
d’amour de Simon Eskenazy (He’s
run from December 18 until
My Girl) and Fucking Different. Tel
Aviv. Check out the festival’s site at jfw.at/2010.
Sports: It was announced this week that
British Heather Peace is not
Belgian basketball player Ann
only an actress (she played
Wauters and her girlfriend are
cop Sam on Lip Service), but
expecting a baby. Wauters, who
she’s also a singer. You can
normally plays in Russia, said
catch her live all across the UK
she’d stay in Belgium until after
in December. For details, go to
the baby is born.
Winter Pride is being held in Hamburg from now until right before Christmas. What can one find at a German Winter Pride you might ask? Well, for example, a
queer Christmas market! Go to csd-hamburg.com/x-mas-pride
programme details. The Netherlands The
Image copyright by Greymatter
Amsterdam next year on February 25 through 27. . Sweden Do you like women? Do you like cycling? Then you might like to know next June Tjejvättern will be Christmas is getting near, which means you’ve probably started worrying about what to get everyone or what to ask for yourself. If you’re looking for a gay-themed present, you might want to get/ask for one of those cool Stonewall ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ T-shirts or mugs, or what about a ‘Love your inner lesbian!’ T-shirt? For more information, visit stonewall.co.uk.
held, which is Scandinavia’s largest recreational bike ride for women only. You do have to be rather sporty though, as they’ll be cycling no less than 100 km. Go to vatternrundan. se for details.
We Are Everywhere TV-land:
Dutch author KARIN GIPHART is going on a literary theatre tour through the Netherlands together with fellow author YVONNE KROONENBERG (who most Dutch readers will probably remember from her books like ‘Het zit op de bank en het zapt’ (‘It’s on the Couch and It Flips TV Channels’)). Every night they will have a different literary or musical guest who they will perform with.
Sports: Norway’s national handball team is important and newsworthy, because of the high amount of lesbians and other hot women on the team. The Norwegian media seem to agree with us, because last month we could see them in the media visiting an air base wearing overalls, it was reported they will be unable to give fans autographs during the European Championships, and the most exciting news: they made their own calendar. For a good cause, of course, but it’s also pretty hot. To find out more about the calendar, go to aksjonboligbrann.no. Also, Norwegian Soccer player Lise Klaveness has been nominated for a number of awards this year, including the most recent one; the Fair Play Award of the Year.
L-Shorts - Die Zweite is a DVD collection of lesbian short movies, which was released in Germany this week. The DVD includes an interesting, diverse collection of shorts from Poland, the Netherlands, the
US, France, and Canada.
If you have been a eurOut reader for a while, you might
remember the cute Danish singing sisters Pil & Liv, who did a vlog for us when we first started out. Well, I’m
Former French tennis pro Amélie Mauresmo ran the
excited to say that they have a new single out entitled
New York Marathon in 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 20
Relationship, and they were played on Danish radio
seconds, which I find very impressive. Then again, I
for the first time recently. If you like their music, you
think that of anyone being able to actually run for such
should buy their song which is available through iTunes.
a distance. If you want to know what else Mauresmo is up to these days, you should check out her website at
Movies: The documentary Two Prides, Two Worlds… One Europe?, made by Belgium LGBT youth organisation Wel Jong Niet Hetero (Young, But Not Straight), had its premiere in Lithuania, where the documentary had quite an impact. Find out more
Discover more entertainment news at:
Lesbian Visibility: outing Out Fashion ModelOnline Jessica Clark: Beauty & Brains Little G shares her friends’ story about how Facebook unintentionally turned a faithful, married, straight woman into a lesbian home wrecker, and asks herself how far people should go for the sake of lesbian and gay visibility. By: Little G A bunch of American friends of mine
and Galinda took the pictures down
their own reasons to be out or remain
make annual trips to Canada. They
immediately. It turned out her husband’s
closeted, I don’t condone outing others.
leave their spouses/partners at home
sister saw the photos, called her brother
I understand the need for visibility and
and enjoy a (short) vacation together.
at work, and got him really worked up.
role models, but it shouldn’t come at any
Finances and schedules permitting I try
price. There are still people out there to
to meet up with them, like I did last year.
Long story short, the husband was
whom being out is a luxury they can’t
Hanging out with them is always fun,
convinced Elphaba and his wife were
afford. I don’t refer to career suicide
and often involves wine (not for me - I
having an affair. He even asked her if
they got married in Canada. Galinda
safety. I firmly believe personal safety
pointed out she was already married
The other day my friend ‘Elphaba’ told
to him, and Elphaba’s married to Thor.
me she’s a home wrecker, and that
Husband Thor thinks it’s funny. And
I also think that closeted queers should
men everywhere need to lock up their
in defense of Galinda’s husband, I
come out on their own terms, when
wives when she’s around. Something
have to mention he’s Southern Baptist
they are ready to do so. Remember the
obviously happened during their last
(very conservative, but he’s slowly
time you were still a closet case? Did
trip and it involves wine and Facebook.
the prospect of someone (accidentally)
outing you make you poop your pants?
changed to protect the innocent. This is
Princess Paranoid, the queer lady
in the bunch, is pissed at Galinda’s
These days social networks, such as
husband for responding the way he did,
Facebook and MySpace, are big. Millions
This year my friends (Elphaba, Madam
and Galinda is pissed at her sister-in-
of people have accounts (some even
Buzzkill, Galinda, and Princess Paranoid)
law. Thanks to her, Galinda’s husband
accounts on multiple networks). Some
revisited Toronto, and one of the things
couldn’t think straight anymore. (No pun
are totally out, others not so much. Are
they did was explore the gay village,
you completely out online? If not, do
situated around Church and Wellesley
you fear possibly being outed, and do
(for those who don’t know, but would
When I heard about this I was both
you take any measures to prevent it?
like to visit).
A corollary issue is that the existence
couldn’t believe that actually happened.
of Facebook and MySpace can make
That day, Elphaba got a cool ring with
It was hilarious and very sad at the
people forget that there is such a thing
Canadian flags. Galinda happened to
as personal privacy and reticence.
hotel room, my friends shared a bottle
Both Elphaba and Galinda are straight,
There are people who possibly have
of wine. Galinda and Elphaba got goofy
married, and not straying. But the
to deal with (peer) pressure to come
and had a picture taken of their hands
above raised a few questions. If you’re
out. There are folks who push or even
with the matching rings. Silly, innocent
closeted, or not out to everyone, would
taunt closeted queers to come out -
fun, really. They linked arms for a toast
you post any pictures that could indicate
or whomever they perceive as queer.
for another photo, and Galinda posted
your sexual proclivities? If you were
Regardless of the consequences. I’m
them to Facebook - the latter one with
having an affair, would you post any
pretty sure you’ve heard or read about
the caption “first toast!”. Needless to say
pictures disclosing that online - for the
the teen suicides in the US. I am not
they had a lovely time. Did I mention
entire world to see? Or, in Elphaba’s
ok with that. Not all is fair game for the
case, by having those pictures posted
sake of visibility.
get one as well. That night, in their
online she was suddenly ‘outed’. The
text from her husband: he was livid,
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The Lesbian News Stack
Another fresh pile of political news with a focus on European LGBT content.
Rights, is one of this year’s holders of
of legal and social equality of lesbians
the GALA-Award, an Austrian award
and gays in Austria.
for extraordinary merits in the cases
French Gay Pride marches will use
French and other countries’ media
three months if gay marriages shall
a national motto next year (2011)
are head over heels over the fact
remain illegal in France.
Coordination InterPride France (CIF)
that France’s Cour de Cassation (High
Court of Appeals) directed a question
concerning two paragraphs (75 and
Homoparentales) is a new French
French website Yagg launched the
144) of the code civil (civil code) to
association for gay parents and gay
first campaign on health, sexuality
the French Constitutional Court.
persons/couples who want to become
and visibility exclusively directed at
short, the Constitutional Court has
been asked to decide within the next
The Lesbian News Stack UK
World: Most of us thought the world had gone crazy when ‘UN accepts executions
and similar headlines appeared in
the publishing of the bi-annual resolution
summary or arbitrary executions, an amendment calling for the removal of the reference ‘sexual orientation’ had been accepted with 79 to 70 votes.
An inquest about the police officer
all his official activities following
who committed suicide earlier this
criticism over his remarks of “being
year found out that she accused
concerned” about the visits of Sir Ian
members of her training team of
McKellen to schools in his district.
The visits were organized together with Stonewall to promote their anti-
Joining the ranks of numerous recorded
Sue Sanders, out lesbian, LGBT
Cameron recorded his message for
rights activist and co-organizer of the
the Stonewall ‘It Gets Better... Today’
upcoming LGBT History Month, has
campaign end of November.
said that there’s still lots of work to
be done to overcome homophobia in Chris
Members of Parliament who already
councillor from Bristol, suspended the
again and not in positive ways. After the latest of his scandals hit
We are thankful for those politicians who don’t forget that they were elected
the news, he came up with the
to represent their voters’ position, like those ask for adoption to be accessible
really original argument that it is
for same-sex couples living in a civil union.
better to love beautiful women than to be gay. It is actually
Three judges were selected last week by the Bundestag to join the round
Julianne Moore, at the time in
of judges at the German Federal Constitutional Court, one of them being
Italy for the Rome film festival,
Susanne Baer, or to be precise Prof. Dr. Susanne Baer, LL.M. She currently
who gave the best comment. “I
works for the Humboldt University in Berlin, at the Law Faculty and the Centre
for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and will join the Federal Constitutional
and idiotic,” she said. “To hint or
Court in January, 2011.
to say that there is something wrong
The Bundestag (Parliament, Lower House) rejected a motion by the Greens
It’s embarrassing when people
that asked to end discrimination of income taxes for same-sex couples. While
this is not really surprising, it is shocking to see that even gay politicians like
Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle voted ‘no’.
parents. It doesn’t matter if they
The Bavarian Lutheran (Protestant) Church allows, following up on a decision
are two moms, or two dads, or a
taken by the consistory earlier this year, lesbian and gay priests to share a
mom and a dad.”
roof – under certain conditions that will be looked at separately for each case.
priests accused of pedophilia grow
Léonard, enthroned by the pope
old in peace. Several persons of
rainbow families was founded in
earlier this year, is at the center
importance condemned his saying,
September and set to work on
of a heated discussion he started
including the Belgian Prime Minister
himself when calling AIDS a “form
and two bishops.
of justice” and asking to let retired
Lists Are Hot: 10 LesBian web series Ten years ago it was pretty hard to find lesbian content in anything but movies. These days, however, lesBians seem to be everywhere! To be fair, lesBian characters and storylines on television are still rather scarce, but luckily there’s an entire internet universe out there that is filled with gay. By: Natazzz One of the greatest creations of the
The good thing about web series is
and some might be new discoveries.
last few years have to be web series.
that they are relatively easy and cheap
As there are not that many lesBian web
When they first came out I was so
to make. However, because it’s pretty
series out there yet, this is not a top 10
excited about them, I watched them all
much a hobby or side project for most
of the best, but just 10 web series you
the time and pretty much any web series
people working on them, it can take a
should check out, listed in no particular
I could get my hands on. I am a little
while for new episodes to show up.
more picky these days, but I still like to check out any web series involving
Some of the lesBian web series I am
about to list might be familiar to you,
10. B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye
B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye was created by Regan Latimer and revolves around B.J. Fletcher, a very clumsy, stubborn, unprofessional, yet very loveable PI and her sidekick, best friend George. Together they solve crimes the best way they can, and try to balance this with their love lives. As with any crime solving team that spends a lot of time together, soon enough they start to realize who they really want is each other. I am a big fan of crime shows and good humour, and I am definitely enjoying B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye on both counts. So far there have been two seasons of the web series and it looks like there is much more to come. We’ll let you know when there’s more news about a release date for season 3.
9. Anyone But Me
(anyonebutmeseries. com) Anyone But Me is the web series by Susan Miller (The L Word, thirtysomething) and Tina Cesa Ward about “A new generation seeking love and belonging in the post 9/11 age.” It tells the story of 16-year-old Vivian who moves from the big city to the suburbs, leaving behind all that was familiar; her school, her friends and her girlfriend Aster. Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough, let alone having to do it
Lists Are Hot: 10 LesBian web series 8. Emma Stahl
Anyone But Me cont.
Upcoming German web series while
Emma Stahl is something you
don’t want to miss. The web series
yet at the same time holding on
is produced by Sandra Uredat and
to those old connections.
is about a bad ass female special agent, who loves adventure and
Vivian and Aster are the cutest
beautiful women. Or as the official
lesbian couple ever. Not only
press release summarizes:
that, but even the ‘non-gay’ parts of the series are worth
“Emma Stahl is a special agent for the fictional
watching. The web series has a
European police unit EuForce. This elite team fights organized crime in
great storyline and good actors.
Europe. When normal police action does not go anywhere, Emma Stahl is
So far there’s two whole seasons
called. Her bosses tolerate her unorthodox methods grudgingly as long as
for you to enjoy, but they are
they lead to success. Emma Stahl is addicted to adventure and beautiful
currently busy creating season
women. A sometimes fatal weakness.”
3, which should be ready in the spring of 2011.
Now doesn’t that get you excited? I am a huge fan of crime shows, films, books, you name it, as long as it has strong, interesting, hot leading women. Therefore, I cannot wait for this web series to start airing. So far, we have to make do with just a trailer, but we’ll keep you posted on when you can expect the entire web series.
7. Girl Seeks Girl (Chica Busca Chica)
Germany is not the only European country with lesBian web series, Spain even has more than one. Unfortunately, none of them have made any new episodes since 2007. However, just because they are a little dated, doesn’t mean they are not worth checking out. Girl Seeks Girl is a 16-episode series about the lives and loves of a group of lesBians that can best be described as a Spanish version of The L Word, and I mean that in the best possible way. This web series is really well done and you would not be surprised if it would turn up on your television. Last year, the maker of the show was looking for funding to make a second season, but unfortunately not enough money has been raised so far. The web series is available on DVD though, but I think only for those in the United States.
6. Plan V
5. Out with Dad
language is Plan V, which comes from Argentina.
This 11-episode web series revolves around Ana,
a 30-year-old lesbian and her interesting love life.
The main plotline, that is explored throughout the
episodes, is that of Ana meeting a girl named Laura
on the subway, who she falls madly in love with.
Only it turns out Laura just happens to be dating
plotline. Interesting fact is that the actresses who play Laura and Ana are a couple in real life, and the reason they
single Plan V is actually quite a fun watch, despite the
out of the closet. The series is written, directed and edited by Jason Leaver and so far 8 episodes are available online.
in the show is to increase for
Like most series, they would love to come back for a
second season, but are not sure yet whether they will
have the time and/or money. What I like about this web series, is not only the original outlook, but also that it is just really well-made.
4. The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else
(therealgirlsguide.wordpress. com) The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else was a nice surprise. I didn’t know this one before writing this column and I didn’t think I would like it. But I was wrong, it is actually pretty good. So far there’s a 6-episode first season (created by Carmen Elena Mitchell) about a Lebanese lesbian and political journalist who is trying to write a book about the Afghan women’s struggle for civil rights. However, she needs to write a real Cosmo kind of book for girls to make some money, and thus she goes to find out what this straight girl world is all about.
3. Girl/Girl Scene (girlgirlscene.com)
Girl/Girl Scene is a web series that came out this year, which follows the lives of four “unapologetically queer women” in Middle America. This doesn’t mean the lesBians in this web series live average lives, as already in the pilot we are thrown in the middle of an indie movie set. With only two episodes finished so far (they are working on more episodes as we speak), it is hard to get a good idea of the series, but I watched the first episode and that wasn’t too bad. I didn’t think it was great, but it has promise, so I am looking forward to more of their episodes. Read our detailed account of the pilot at bit.ly/eurout-girlgirlscene.
2. Hot Grass (Heet Gras) (heetgras.nl)
There’s a great new Dutch series entitled Hot Grass, which tells the story of two teenage girls on the same soccer team, where one of them then falls in love with the other. So far, only the pilot has seen the light of day, but this definitely makes me want to wait for more. The makers are hoping to be picked up by a TV station, so that the entire series can be made. Thus, technically this isn’t really a web series as such, but they are planning to put the pilot online, which would make it a web series, I guess. Read our recap of the pilot online at bit.ly/eurout-hotgrass.
1. Seeking Simone
(seekingsimone.com) Online dating is something many of us have experience with. You might not have met the love of your life that way (or maybe you have?), but it has probably enriched your life with some fun and embarrassing experiences. If you want to relive all the fun and horrors of online dating, check out Seeking Simone created by Renée Olbert and Rosemary Rowe. Their tagline is ‘Online dating has never been so gay’, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s such fun to watch Simone go through one bad date after the other. Five episodes is nowhere near enough, so I am happy to tell you they are currently working on getting more episodes done.
How effective is online activism? With the pervasiveness of the internet and online social media such as Facebook and Twitter, a lot of activism seems to have moved from the streets to cyberspace. Anna takes a look at this development and wonders what can actually be achieved with being an online activist. By: Anna McFaith I believe in activism. If you want
That ‘I’, by the way, is capitalized for a
feel the ‘like button’ has taken over from
something to change, you will have
reason; my parents are left-wing people
actually typing your support.
to go out there and do it yourself, and
who don’t believe in the power of war
with as much friends and like-minded
or government, but who were born just
I have recently started doubting the
people you can possibly find. Most of
shy of the flower-power era. Their ideals
effectiveness of such efforts. The fact
my activism is online — be it in surveys
were (and are) a large part of their
that a couple of hundred people ‘like’
and petitions or through social media,
lives. Unfortunately they didn’t have
a petition for a protest against hate
websites or e-mail.
much to protest in their lifetimes so far
crimes doesn’t mean it’s a protest. It
(although my dad did refuse to serve in
reaches no one in power. A like button
doesn’t give a face to these issues; no
My Twitter avatar has gone green for #IranElection, has had various ribbons
human voice. What it does is show you
to raise awareness for AIDS/HIV, breast
I have a lot of Ideals. I have shaped my
you’re not alone with your anger, your
cancer and LGBT issues, and has even
life around them. I also realize I have
disappointment and your righteousness.
supported multiple fandoms. In my
too few ideals; Ideals which have been
quarter century, I have had enough
put into action, changing the word from
That having been said; there are two
issues to deal with which could benefit
a noun to an adjective.
types of activism; one aimed at the
greatly from a good protest march. Only
online community and one at the offline
I didn’t. Sure; I changed my Twitter
I have realized I’m not the only one
avatar and spoke to anyone who would
who does this; rely on internet activism
opinion that a ‘like’ button will never be
listen about the injustice, but I didn’t go
to get a point across. There are online
equal to speaking out; showing support
out there, on the streets, to reach people
petitions against or for everything,
is never a bad thing… when aiming at
who could really make a difference.
from politics to religion to human rights
the online community. If your goal is for
issues. Everything has its own Facebook
something to actually change, you have
page. Another recent trend? I strongly
to go out there.
I come from a home with Ideals.
But of course, going out there is scary, takes time and effort and seems so outdated. Maybe it is outdated. Maybe Image copyright AJ Alfieri-Crispin via Wikipedia
activism, but right now at least 25 percent of those in power only use their computer to check their e-mail (if anything). This means that in order to reach them, one might have to write, gather all new. all european. all lesbian.
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people for a protest and spend the time and effort needed to make a change. If it’s something you passionately believe in, I say it’s worth it.
Lesbian Life: Out in the Work Force This edition of ‘LesBian Life’ deals with how ‘out’ you want to be at work or when looking for a job. By:Anna McFaith I’m graduating college this year.
on society. I know, I know, generalizing,
In a little over half a year, I’ll be going
but it’s true. A straight male (most
out into this terrible economy and I’ll try
bosses) will never be able to relate
Coming out in the work place is always
to get someone to hire me for the way
completely to their lesbian consumers.
hard. It’s just as hard as coming out
I can communicate as well as the way
In communication, my area of expertise,
in school, coming out to your friends
it’s extremely important to know your
or coming out to your family. You’ll
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be working with these people for a I’ll ask someone to hire me despite the
lot of hours every week and suffering
fact I’m a woman, despite the fact I’m
judgment for the entirety of that time
young and have limited experience,
is less than desirable for all of us.
and despite of the fact that I’m I’m not sure if there is any
gay. Judging an employee on
give in regards to coming out at work. Yes, it’s
that it won’t influence
and yes, it should be
Unfortunately it isn’t
My CV holds a couple
people still lose their
always accepted, and of
when it’s not the official
them. It’s not a stretch for to
like coming out at all, is an
Now, some might not see it as
incredibly personal choice and
a problem, some might, and some
there is no right or wrong. If you don’t
might request an interview because of it.
want to or don’t feel safe, then don’t come out. No one will judge you and if
Hopefully my future boss will see
they have never been in your position,
ring someone who knows that audience
they are not even allowed to.
experience. He or she will see it like just
because he/she lives it might be the
another company I worked for. Those
key to successfully reaching that target
Sexual orientation should be a non-
who see it as a problem will use my
audience. We used to call it ‘positive
issue and I don’t want to hide it. When
inexperience, my age or my education
discrimination’, but because that sounds
I get a job, I will take my girlfriend to
level as a reason not to invite me for a
bad we’re now naming it ‘diversity
corporate functions, because I respect
her too much not to. Even if she would
Those who invite me for a conversation
further my career. The corporate world
because of my sexual orientation might
somewhere or in an area where diversity
is a man’s world, but it’s also a world
be a) perverse or b) looking to diversify
where you are judged on your work and
their communication teams.
encouraged? How do you deal with your
not your person; at least that is what I’d
orientation then? And what if you don’t
like to believe.
hide the nature of our relationship to what
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all new. all european. all lesbian.
As a lesbian I have a unique perspective
want to be the company’s poster child
The Consequences of LesBian Storylines on TV While writing another article for our website about lesbian versus straight storylines, Anna started to wonder: are lesBian storylines helpful to or hurtful for our image and emancipation? By: Anna McFaith life outside of their relationship with each other. I think - but that’s just a personal hunch - there is a direct relation to the amount of hype around the relationship and its chance of success. The more the relationship is flaunted in promos, the fewer screen time and development it will actually get. When the hype is over, the relationship dies. The second storyline is usually shortterm and usually ends badly. Hollyoaks comes to mind right now - after all, how much worse can things get than stalking lesbians and parachute ‘accidents’? I estimate that about 40 percent of the American ‘sweeps kisses’ come from this type of storyline. The problem with this type of portrayal is that the side character is almost always
They are there to have a relation with and almost never get screen time without their partner. The third type is tricky as it’s easy to confuse with the second type. The setup is the same, after all; a side character is brought in for the sake of a lesBian
Amar en Tiempos Revueltos
relationship. A lesbian or obviously bisexual
I’m always wary of lesBian storylines,
mostly because they always follow along
character is introduced to prey on the
similar lines and end in disaster. From
innocent straight main character who
at all; she’s seduced by the obvious
the top of my head I can name the three
‘goes gay’ for an episode or two.
lesBian into something that’s not at all
most played out lesBian storylines in
this time the main character wasn’t her
her. It’s not so shocking to learn these The one most doomed out of these
storylines usually take place in prisons.
three is usually the first one; Dutch
Bad Girls had them and Dutch prison
• Two previously straight (main)
soap series ONM and GTST fit this bill
series Women’s Wing (Vrouwenvleugel)
characters fall for each other;
perfectly. It can, however, work.
questioning her sexuality as soon as a
UK series Skins or Bad Girls are great
Now, where am I going with this?
lesbian or obviously bisexual character
examples of how two main characters
After the void of lesBian representation
joins the cast;
can fall for each other and still have a
we have had the last few years,
One of the main characters starts
The Consequences of LesBian Storylines on TV representation is going up a bit. We’ve
but whether they have an impact on the
stalked by a psycho ex. I also hope you
had our bad (ONM, GTST, Hollyoaks),
heterosexual or homosexual community
or your lover have never had to smuggle
but there was also the neutral (Amar
coke, had your parachute sabotaged, or
en Tiempos Revueltos - say what you
had your partner die/die yourself.
want, but I’m not ranking them under
That brings me to another point; does
‘positive’ yet), and the good (Coronation
TV further lesbian emancipation (or that
TV is not meant to resemble real life
Street, Lip Service).
of any majority/minority) at all? Has
but, as our American icon Ani DiFranco
storylines doing and are they doing any good? I don’t really have
you. I can only tell you
actually thought up myself.
I think the loss of Skins is a big blow to
“There is a direct relation between the hype and the odds of success in TV relationships. “
imitate life, but life imitates lesBian
help us emancipate ourselves?
something to look up to, the bad ones something to fight against. Do
portrayals emancipate towards
help us the
Coronation Street is picking up the
anyone every identified fully with the
slack somewhat; they’re cute, relatable
storylines on our TV screens? Of course,
ones might, but the bad ones, and those
and give a sweet face to lesbianism.
we’ve all felt the fear of coming out or
are unfortunately the most frequent
They lack the following and sheer
getting caught with your first girlfriend.
ones, most likely do nothing but further
awesomeness of Naomily though.
We know what it’s like to have our heart
stereotypes. In the end I’d say it’s still
broken into a gazillion pieces.
up to us to represent ourselves. TV is
Lip Service could be the new L Word but
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meant to entertain and make money,
that, of course, would put it completely
I, however, hope you have never
not further our agenda. Let’s focus on
in the ‘watched by lesBians’-group. In
experienced your wife bleeding out
the good portrayals and draw strength
short; we have more representation,
while in excruciating pain or being
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Studying LesBians Fun with Academia - The Dyke Diagnostic Manual This edition of ‘Studying LesBians’ is about a fun article from the ‘Journal of Lesbian Studies’. By: Natazzz
A few months back I told you
grabbed my attention and I was both
a serious scientific paper, but simply
about this awesome scientific journal,
intrigued and appalled.
author Dr. Michele J. Eliason having
the Journal of Lesbian Studies, in
some fun with lesbian stereotypes. You
which real researchers and professors
From the title and the abstract it
don’t see people in academia make fun
publish articles about lesBianism. As a
looked like someone had attempted
of their profession often. In fact, most
researcher and a writer, getting paid
to write a diagnostic manual especially
people I’ve come across take their
to write about research on lesBians is
work way too seriously, so it was a nice
about as cool as it gets.
surprise to find this article.
I read the Journal of Lesbian Studies
the DSM manual, which describes the
Reading through it, it did make me
most common disorders, ranging from
wonder just how accurate these lesbian
depression to schizophrenia. The notion
interesting research being conducted.
that lesbians have their own special set While looking through some of the
of disorders or need a new manual is
To me, the list came across as a list of
articles from the last few issues, I
kind of offensive.
stereotypes I have read about a lot, but
came across a piece entitled ‘A new
that I have never actually seen in real
classification system for lesbians: The
But when I actually started reading the
life. It might be a generational thing or
article, I soon noticed that this wasn’t
a cultural thing, but hardly any of these
Studying LesBians Fun with Academia - The Dyke Diagnostic Manual supposed disorders sound familiar, not
become obsessed with either.
and never buying sex toys shaped like a
when it comes to me or most lesbians
penis) of the rules that applied to when We have now arrived at the third part
the author came out in the 1980s.
of the manual, where things get a little Let me share a few ‘lesbian disorders’
weird, but also strangely familiar. This
with you. The supposed manual is
part is called ‘lesbian ex-lover fusion
behaviour or the need for rules or
divided into many parts, the first one
syndrome’. Eliason refers to the strange
conformism. The way I see it, being a
is entitled ‘lesbian fetishes’. A fetish
phenomena where lesbians turn their
lesbian just means that you are into
aroused by something that’s
thought of as sexual. For
some have feet
“How accurate are these stereotypes? “
all. But maybe others
or leather. Eliason suggests lesbian
ex-girlfriends into their best friends. It is
then goes on about obsessions with
fetishes come in four categories: the
always possible that after a relationship
things like going to brunch and partying,
femi-feline fetish, the dog park cruising
has been over for a while, you become
neither of which I think are specific
friends with this person again. But to
lesbian things. The only familiar thing
keep all your ex-girlfriends around as
among the remaining lesbian disorders
friends, or even have them as best
friends, just feels wrong. Or am I being
syndrome’. I don’t think it’s as prevalent
as some people claim, but I do know of
lesbians who are too obsessed by their cats and dogs. I have heard so much
some lesbians who moved in with each
about all lesbians loving cats and/or
Then there are a few other categories
dogs, but in real life I have never really
I don’t really relate to, including ‘lesbian
come across it. At least not to the extent
mother superior’, which is supposed to
All in all, a fun article in a place where
where lesbians actually think of their
refer to someone in a group of lesbians
you don’t really expect it, I just wish
pets as their children. Do you know any
I could relate to the examples a little
pet obsessed lesbians?
‘the rules’. This includes real creepy
more. But it was definitely nice to see a
examples (like wearing 100% cotton
bit more humour in academia.
other after just a few weeks.
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all new. all european. all lesbian.
The third category refers to being too obsessed by or having too big a collection of stuffed animals. The author illustrates this with the most unbelievable story ever, of lesbian friends of hers inviting her over to dinner where they had set the table for their teddy bears as well. Although if you’re reading this and it sounds familiar, go for it. Teddy bears need to eat too! The second part of the manual is called ‘lesbian celebrity groupies’, for which two examples are given: Rachel Maddow and The L Word. I like both Rachel Maddow and The L Word (ok at some point I started to love to hate the latter), but I can’t see how one would
Studying LesBians Studying LesBians is a regular column written by Natazzz, in which she discusses current and not-socurrent research about lesbians and bisexual women.
Love Does Not Exclude in Poland Find out more about the Polish campaign Love Does Not Exclude, which is the first ever campaign in Poland that fights for civil partnership law. By: Maxime Don’t you sometimes get tired too
testimonials including one advert with
the right to equality! We don’t want to
when all you hear on a specific topic,
English subtitles and so much more.
be excluded any more! We demand civil
country or even person is negative
news and everything new just sounds
Most of the website is in Polish, but the
like more of the same? Making you
campaign’s vision has been completely
And on the question of as how to
wish they would disappear into a black
translated in English and is accessible
hole? That’s how I sometimes feel and
on the website too. Within they actually
I actually started hoping Poland would
deliver a great summary of the reasons
“We want to show that even the tiniest
meet this fate soon enough, especially
and what they want:
gestures count and that the fight for
after the latest developments with the
civil partnerships can be fought in all
so-called Minister for Equality, who sent
scales, large and small. The ‘Love Does
censorship requests to the media after
Not Exclude’ campaign, consisting of
they reported she was wrong about
four elements (social networking on
EU law regarding homosexuality.
Facebook and Twitter, billboards, webpage,
I absolutely admit that it is
founded on its recipients –
difficult to impossible to get
ordinary people who care for
a balanced, fair view of
changing the Polish reality.”
something when you don’t speak
All in all this is the ‘stop
Imagine my surprise
when I found quite
acting’ type of news
a different topic in
place and space.
So please help to get this campaign known
Discover campaign Not Polish
all across Europe (and
further won’t hurt either)
and share this information
widely. If you have ways to
help Love Does Not Exclude
website reads: “The aim of the
directly, please do. Most of us
campaign is to draw attention
know that LGBT legislation isn’t all new. all european. all lesbian.
all new. all european. all lesbian.
to the fact that Poland has no civil partnerships law, and Polish
self-regulating and I guess it would The official poster which reads ‘We demand civil partnerships law’
legislation provides no regulations for same-sex couples.”
other countries. “The creation
Love Does Not Exclude (Miłość nie
framework for same-sex couples in
wyklucza) reaches out to the LGBT
Poland is an increasingly urgent issue.
community, they registered a website
We don’t want to keep pleading or
in the campaign’s name and created
billboard posters which have already been placed.
With the ‘Love Does Not Exclude’ campaign we want to show that the
They also have YouTube videos with
be great if Love Does Not Exclude could profit from experiences made in
time of demanding has come. We have
Read More: Website: miloscniewyklucza.pl
Interview: Dutch Filmmaker Nienke Eijsink
With her documentary ‘FAN’, Dutch filmmaker Nienke Eijsink allowed people to enter her personal world of lesbian fandom that was dominated by one, to Nienke, very special woman. A year after the release of ‘FAN’, we exclusively talked to her about making movies, strong female characters and being a fan. By: Saskia Joreen
Interview: Dutch Filmmaker Nienke Eijsink
I started working on FAN back in 2002. I had to combine it with work to pay the bills, so I mostly eurOut:
worked on it in my spare time.
Can you tell our readers a bit
It’s about my quest to find and
meet Liz Burch, the actress that played Dr Chris Randall on the Australian
eventually you did, in fact, meet Liz Burch. What was that like? Terrifying! Even though I had been doing well in my role of filmmaker that knows exactly what she’s doing, when it finally
series The Flying Doctors. She was my
I’m 33 and I’m a filmmaker from the
childhood idol and also my first love!
Netherlands. I have a background in
FAN is about finding her and asking her
the arts and studied in Amsterdam
to star in my debut film, which would
and Rotterdam. I used to do a lot
also be the comeback for Liz as an
to come out to her and told her she was
that filmmaking would offer me more
What would your life have been like
she took it really well and said she took
room for my creativity. My work varies
without Dr Chris?
full responsibility! (laughs)
Very lonely! She functioned as my
Is FAN your most lesbian production
only role model and somehow I felt
public spaces, but later I discovered
from cross media concept developer and
designer and editor.
understood by her. I wanted to be like her, I wanted to become a flying doctor
You were brought into the (lesbian)
too! On the show she was the only
female in a male-dominated society.
documentary, FAN, was released.
But she stood her ground, she was a
Can you tell us a little more about
feminist. She was also cranky a lot; I
came to meeting her I felt like a child again. I also didn’t know if I should come out to her. I didn’t want her to reject me because of that. I eventually did decide the reason I’m now a lesbian. Luckily
to date? Well, I also made a short film called Small Talk. It’s about a dog and a cat that are talking about lesbian hair styles. But I guess the main theme in a lot of my work is strong women. For example, I worked on a project where I turned very well-known heroes, like
Interview: Dutch Filmmaker Nienke Eijsink James
need to focus on doing interviews as
What are you working on right
much. For instance, the girl in Racer was
pretty much fed up with me interviewing One of my last two
her after only ten minutes. So then it’s
I’m directing the pilot episode of a
fun to find other, more visual, ways of
comedy series about street sweepers
showing people the story you want to
from The Hague in the 1980s. And guess
what? I’m directing eight men and only
called Anna’s Story, does have a lesbian
one woman… I asked the writers to give
So you had The Flying Doctors and
her more lines and not only make her
about the daughter of
Dr Chris in your youth – are there
the pretty face of the show. So now
any characters you worship right
they’ve turned her into the character
that’s kind of in control of the whole
who loses one of them due
bunch, even though the male characters
Someone just gave me all episodes of
decides to stop puberty to
Cagney & Lacey on DVD. I still can’t
not bother her other mother
decide whether I’m more in love with
So eight years ago you started out
Cagney or Lacey! (laughs)
with making a movie about your
with it. She feels supported by her idol Britney Spears, who acts out puberty for the both of them. What’s
don’t really seem to notice it!
And in general I love to watch shows
seven years later you end up being
where you can put in a lot of lesbian
nominated for Dutch Lesbian Icon
subtext. It’s not as openly gay like, for
of the year. How did that make you
example, The L Word, but for me it’s
much more fun to watch. That doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s important to have
It was really nice and flattering, though
That’s also a youth documentary
shows like The L Word, but for me it’s
it was a bit strange to be considered as
and it’s called Racer. It’s about a girl
just more fun to watch and play with
a possible lesbian icon after only doing
with a rare muscular disease who is
characters like Captain Janeway from
one lesbian-themed film! But because
very determined to become a Formula
Star Trek. And now with computers and
of FAN I did get a lot of messages
1 racer, in spite of her illness. It’s not
the internet people have the means to
from young girls saying they were also
about sexuality or lesbianism at all,
create their own femslash videos, for
coming to terms with their coming out,
but I do think that lesbians can relate
example. That’s awesome! It’s also
and that FAN helped them with that. It
to it. This 12-year-old girl, Sophie, has
always very funny to me that when I
made them feel less alone. That was
a passion for a very male-dominated
google my female character crushes,
really great and rewarding to hear…
sport. In spite of being different from
they’re usually big lesbian favorites. Like
other girls her age, she is unstoppable
this one character from Law & Order,
when it comes to following her dream.
Detective Olivia Benson.
European countries as part of the
lesbian visibility in the media at the
all new. all european. all lesbian.
By the way, this documentary will be broadcasted
all new. all european. all lesbian.
series. Well, it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot What is it that you like so much about
going on, actually. We have popular gay
making youth documentaries?
TV personalities in the Netherlands like Paul de Leeuw, who has his own show
I like working with children because they
in which he has the opportunity to be
are visual thinkers, like me. So when
himself and to also address gay topics
making a youth documentary you get to
sometimes. There’s no Dutch lesbian
work much more visually, and you don’t
equivalent at all. That’s too bad.
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however, claims to love Céline and
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wants to stay with her.
Denisa comes out to a guy.
Mon-Fri at 20:10 on één.
Ann and her brother Tom clash over Ann’s daughter Sandrine.
Mon-Fri at 18.00 on ARD
Mon, Thu & Fri at 19:30/20:30 on ITV.
Miriam comforts Rebecca after getting
Sophian stand up to their pastor, but
her heart broken. They go to a spa
he – and the Church with him - still
to relax and get away from annoying
gives them the cold shoulder. The girls
men. At the spa, they’re bothered by
then decide to find another church that
a group of young men. The girls kiss
will accept them for who they are: a
and pretend to be a couple in order to
couple. Read full, weekly recaps at bit.
get rid of them. The kiss leads Rebecca
Thu-Fri at 20:00 on YLE TV1. Laura’s daugther Kerttu comes home from school feeling sad. She’s being bullied about her family situation. Krisse tells Kerttu to stand her ground. Later, Kerttu brings home some class mates to meet her two mothers. Salatut Elämät: Mon-Fri at 19:30 on MTV3. Heli asks Sonya to either commit to their relationship or stop this thing between them. Sonya commits and tells Heli she wants to be a part of her family. However, she seems to change her mind shortly after, as she leaves everything behind to go back to Africa and lets Heli know via a text message. She realises she’s a coward, but this doesn’t seem to stop her.
Céline develops feelings for her client, Myriam, who has been accused of plotting to kill her husband for the money. They kiss, but Myriam doesn’t feel ready to start a new relationship. Frémont (Céline’s dad) thinks Myriam is only after Céline’s money. Céline promises to take care of Myriam after her accounts have been frozen. Myriam lets her true colours show
out how Miriam feels, and the girls
Mon-Fri at 13:45 on BBC1.
end up making out. Overwhelmed by
Jack and Immie’s sibling argument
this, Rebecca tries to keep her distance
spirals out of control with shocking
from Miriam, who out of revenge turns
consequences – he punches her.
to Constantin. Rebecca is angry at herself after alienating Miriam, and
Pobol y Cwm:
Miriam also feels regret for her actions.
Mon-Fri at 20:00 on BBC Wales.
Christian successfully reunites the two
After Ieuan Griffiths picks on Gwyneth
and they end up having sex. Rebecca
in the cafe, she realises how hard it’s
confidently comes out about their
going to be for Gwern to have a father
relationship to her friends and family,
behind bars. She shares her worries
but Miriam doesn’t feel quite ready for
with Yvonne, who is battling with her
such a commitment yet. After flirting
conscience due to the part she played
with a guy, Rebecca agrees that she
in Garry’s arrest.
Tue at 20.00 on TV2. Even though Lone let Heidi leave Hvaler without her, she’s still hung up on the girl. She receives a postcard from South Africa from Heidi and decides to go after her. This will probably be the last we see of this couple on the show.
Rebecca & Miriam on Verbotene Liebe
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Mon-Fri at 20:10 on France3.
be a lesbian? She then tries to find
Plus belle la vie:
to question her sexuality – could she
might not be ready yet either.
A List of Helpful LGBT Organizations per Country European
Lithuanian Gay League
Association de Médecins
Malta Gay Rights Move-
LGBT Network www.lgbtnetwork.eu IGLYO www.iglyo.com ILGA Europe www.ilga-europe.org Austria Rechtskomitee Lambda (RKL) www.rklambda.at/e/
SOS Homophobie www.sos-homophobie.org
Çavaria www.cavaria.be Wel Jong Niet Hetero www.weljongniethetero.be
ciation for Lesbian and
Lesbian and Gay Fede-
ration in Germany
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Queer Bosnia and Herze-
Belarus TEMA information center
Norwegian National Asso
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Iceland Samtökin ‘78
Kontra www.kontra.hr/cms LORI
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Gay and Lesbian League
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Danish National Association for Gays and Les-
Estonian Gay Youth www.egn.ee
de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales www.colegaweb.org Sweden Swedish Federation for Lesbian,
and Transgender Rights www.rfsl.se HomO www.homo.se Switzerland Pink Cross www.pinkcross.ch INFOBI www.infobi.net Turkey KAOS GL www.kaosgl.com LEGATO www.unilegato.org Ukraine Nash Mir www.gay.org.ua United Kingdom Stonewall http://sites.stonewallcommunities.org Queer Youth www.queeryouth.org.uk
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