Friday, August 28, 2009

This is your life little Natazzz

Inspired by a post from Lori entitled This is your life mini-Lori in which she writes a letter to herself as a little kid, I felt compelled to do the same.

Of course, I already know that my letter is going to look so different, especially because I really do not want to talk about work and careers all that much, but instead talk about who I am and about life in general. I hope it will at least be half as interesting.

If there is one thing I would want to say to little Natazzz – the little Natazzz from kindergarten, who was too shy and afraid to play with the other kids and who would rather pee her pants than use a strange toilet-it would be “it’s going to be alright”.

Change that, I would say “You might not believe me, but it’s going to be great. One day you are going to look at yourself and your life and say “Look at me now”.

It will be a long road though. Some parts of your life are going to be particularly difficult. This will have little to do with external factors, as all your life you will be blessed with relatively good fortune and great people around you. However, you will make life quite hard for yourself for a while.

Why? Who knows. It will take you a while to figure out how life works and especially how you work. Long after you finally know who you are, what you want and what makes you happy, and years after you have accepted you for you, you will learn that it is ok to be you.

Perhaps now that I am telling you these things, you can figure the latter part out a little quicker. I know, things take time, and you will be the kind of person that will always take some time to do things. You will find yourself lagging behind when you compare yourself to your friends and others your age, especially when it comes to all the social stuff.

Don’t worry about it so much, we all do things at our own pace. It will be a while before you realize that sometimes it is good to wait and you really don’t need to do things just because everyone else is doing them.

Trust me, not having kissed any boys is really not something you want to agonize over too much. Neither is wanting to kiss girls. Yes, I know, I am jumping ahead. Before you get to that point you will have spent years worrying about your body.

I wish I could say something to make your teenage years and early twenties a little easier, but good things will come from it too. Once you have figured it all out and have accepted you for you, you will be so much happier and content than all your peers who are still clueless about themselves.

But back to you little Natazz, as you sit there in kindergarten, too afraid to speak up, play with others or go to the toilet. The world really isn’t such a scary place. Trust me. Yes, there are a lot of things out there you cannot control and some people are mean, but you will be alright.

Maybe you can just try a little harder to interact with others a little sooner and you will see that they will all like you. And those that don’t really do not matter. Never don’t do something you really want to, because you think the other kids will think it’s stupid or weird.

I know you are not going to believe me, but there is going to be a time when you are going to embrace your weirdness and uniqueness, and you are going to know other great people who all have their own unusual and weird things that make them special.

Furthermore, one day you will no longer be shy and scared of the world. In fact, you will change into someone who’s very outgoing and talkative and no one will believe you when you tell them you used to be a shy introvert.

You will find your place in the world. It won’t be at all what you imagine growing up, but it will be the exact right place for you. And you will be happy.

Good luck little Natazzz. You are going to be just fine.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

YouTube Thursday: Best songs of 1993 and 1994

When I was younger I used to go to all the music festivals every summer. I think I started going at exactly the right time, because when I was in my late teens all the cool music came out.

1993 and 1994 were the years when guitar music became really popular. After the grunge years, now it was time for a kind of music that would appeal to a larger audience. After that a few more years with some great great songs followed, but when you look at the songs that came out in 93/94 and what bands were headlining the festivals, you have to agree those were pretty great years. Well, if it’s your kind of music of course.

Here are some examples of the songs/bands I am talking about:

Smashing Pumpkins – Today (1994)

I used to be a big Smashing Pumpkins fan. Not so much anymore, but I can still appreciate their music.

The Breeders – Cannonball (1993)

This song was a huge hit in the indie charts and at the festivals in 1993/1994. Still a great song so many years later.

The Cranberries – Zombie (1994)

The Cranberries have had other hit songs that I love more (Linger, Dreams), but Zombie was the big hit.

Radiohead – Creep (1993)

Is it too early to call this song a classic? I think I’ll probably always love this song.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Goddag mit navn er Lesbisk: Documentary about lesbian life in Denmark

Goddag mit navn er Lesbisk (Hello, my name is lesbian) is an awesome Danish documentary about lesbian life in Denmark through the years. I say awesome, because documentaries that depict lesbian life in all its facets are still pretty rare. In fact, this documentary is the first film about lesbian life and culture in Denmark.

According to the official website, the documentary “shows modern lesbian lifestyle and culture in all its diversity as it is lived in one of the most sexually liberated countries in the world. Set against historic footage from the last five decades, women aging from 19 to 84, share their views on sex, family gatherings, parental roles, night life and careers: every facet of the lives we lead, viewed through the eyes of women who have chosen identities departing from the norm.”

Just reading the synopsis makes me very excited and I can’t wait to see this film. As much as I enjoy a nice fictional plot, with lots of drama, crime or even a nice romance, there is something about watching just every day women like yourself living their lives that’s just very...well, nice.

In this documentary we can see lesbians from all walks of life, from the fifties until present time, telling us stories about their lives, about challenging gender roles, falling in love, and raising a family. It shows you what it was like to be queer in former times, to be political, engage in same sex ballroom dancing, live in a small conservative town and much more.

The documentary was made by filmmakers Iben Haahr Andersen and Minna Grooss, who’d been working on it since 2006. The official release in Denmark will be in October, but the film has already had its first screening during the World Outgames a few weeks ago.

So far no official international release dates are available yet. However, the makers of the documentary are planning a screening tour through Europe. They are especially working on getting their documentary shown in many Eastern European countries, hoping it will improve people’s opinions about the LGBT community.

This article was first published on eurOut.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tell 3 initiative: Coming out isn’t enough

When you first start to realize you are gay or bisexual, it can be a very exciting, confusing and scary time. You might think that the end of this process is when you come out and you live happily ever after with your girlfriend. But that’s just not true.

No don’t worry, chances are you and your girlfriend will indeed live happily ever after, or at least enjoy a few awesome years together. What I mean is, that coming out is not the end, but only the beginning.

Telling the people around us that we are into women is not enough. For people to really understand and accept us for who we are, we have to be visible and vocal about exactly who it is we are and what are lives are really like.

There now is this awesome initiative called Tell 3 that is promoting just that. The aim of the website is for everyone from the LGBT community, or even anyone who has loved ones who are LGBT, to pledge to tell 3 people in their lives what exactly it is like to be LGBT or to know someone who is. Because nothing makes people more accepting of others who are different than them than to have personal experiences and relationships with these people.

On their website, the wonderful people from the Tell 3 initiative, not only explain in more detail why this initiative is so important, but they also give great advice on how to tell others about yourself and also who to tell.

They even provide you with some materials you can use in your conversation with others, like helpful conversation starters as well as links to organisations. But my favourite link on their website is entitled “What’s your excuse?” where they address all the excuses we always use why we shouldn’t take part in a great initiative like this.

Things like, “But I’m already out”, “I’m not political”, “I don’t know enough about LGBT rights”, or “Having conversations like that is weird/cheesy/awkward/silly." Sounds familiar?

Even I as the entertainment editor of a lesBian website (which is pretty gay, right?) am not always as vocal about being a lesbian to everyone as I could be. Perhaps it is time to change that. Perhaps we should all try to change that. I am more than willing to take the Tell 3 pledge and talk about my life as a lesbian to three people in my environment who I normally do not talk to about this sort of stuff. Who is with me?

Tell us whether or not you are planning to take on this challenge. If so, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments and also make sure to tell the lovely folks over at Tell 3 about it, so they can use your stories to make their initiative grow bigger and bigger.

This article was first published on eurOut.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Getting what you want

Most of us spend a lot of time thinking, wishing and longing for getting all the things that we want. Some of us even go a step further and actually try to achieve all those things we long to have.

Depending on the things that you want, your specific dreams and/or goals, this might be a very long journey and you will probably spend most of the time trying to achieve or chase your dreams. Getting what you want becomes the end goal, instead of it just being a new beginning.

Sometimes what you want might be much easier to obtain than you thought. Perhaps you have small wishes or maybe you were just lucky. Whatever the case might be, you probably haven’t really thought much about what you are going to do once you get everything you want.

What if you get everything that you want…then what?

When you have everything you want, do you just lie around being all happy and content? Or do you make new dreams and goals and things that you want to have? Perhaps it really isn’t all that much about getting what you want, but just about wanting things.

Although I have to say that getting what you want can be really really nice. Sometimes I cannot believe my luck. I try to just enjoy and cherish everything that life gives me, but it is so easy to either find fault with what you have or to question it in other ways.

To good to be true is a saying that comes to mind sometimes, just when life is really really good. As if I don’t deserve awesome things to happen to me. WTF. Of course I deserve it. I guess it can just be a little overwhelming.

Sometimes you should just stop thinking, worrying and making your life harder and just look around and think: Yeah, my life is really really good :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New German lesbian crime web series: Emma Stahl

When we gave you an overview of lesBian web series a few weeks ago, we said it was just a matter of time before more great European queer web series would see the light of day. The latest European web series to launch a website, after British web series Far Out, comes from no other country than Germany.

The web series in question is entitled Emma Stahl by producer Sandra Uredat. The show is about a bad ass female special agent, who loves adventure and beautiful women. Or as the official press release summarizes:

“Emma Stahl is a special agent for the fictional European police unit EuForce. This elite team fights organized crime in Europe. When normal police action does not go anywhere, Emma Stahl is called. Her bosses tolerate her unorthodox methods grudgingly as long as they lead to success.

Emma Stahl is addicted to adventure and beautiful women. A sometimes fatal weakness.”

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.

When exactly this will be depends on the funding they receive, as this web series, like many others, will be produced independently, with a crowd-funded budget. Once the series is completed, it will be shown on the Emma Stahl website, as well as during special preview parties that they are planning to hold in different cities where people have sponsored the project the most.

The web series will be in German with English subtitles, but after the series is released everyone is welcome to add their own subtitles in the language they want. Besides being able to watch Emma Stahl on their website, it will also be made available for download.

Producer Sandra Uredat has worked in TV and radio for the past 15 years. Her reason for making this web series is because she believes that, “there are not enough lesbian heroes in the movies.” I couldn’t agree more.

You can find out more about Emma Stahl on their website (so far it’s only in German, but they will add an English section soon), including more information on how you can donate to get this awesome project completed even sooner.

This article was first posted on eurOut.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Books that will always stay with me:

1. Het grote boek van Madelief – Guus Kuijer
2. Stay - Nicola Griffith

3. Pages for you – Sylvia Brownrigg

4. 1984 – George Orwell

5. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin
6. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
7. Puppets -Daniel Hecht

8. Silk - Caitlin R. Kiernan
9. Alix & Valerie - Ingrid Diaz
10. American Psycho – Brett E. Ellis

11. The Salt Point – Paul Russell

12. Lost Souls – Poppy Z. Brite

13. Lives of the Mayfair Witches – Anne Rice
14. The Wasp factory – Iain Bank
15. One flew over the cuckoo ’s nest – Ken Kesey

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lists are hot: Best European LesBian Movies

Lists are hot is a monthly column for all those who think lists are hot. Every month the focus is on a different queer related list.

We all spend a lot of time complaining about the lack of lesbian or bisexual storylines in movies. Even with those movies that do have clear queer plotlines, we still cannot help but mention how bad some of these movies are.

Granted, there are a lot of bad lesbian movies out there. In fact, I almost considered writing a Lists are hot column about the worst lesBian movies ever made. But then I thought to myself, why be so negative?

Therefore, this month’s column is all about some of the best European lesBian movies. This is by no means an exhaustive or an objective list, but just a selection of five really good queer movies that I think you should check out. I even listed them in order for you. Enjoy!

5. Fremde Haut/Unveiled (Germany, 2005)


Fremde Haut(Unveiled) is the 2005 movie by Angelina Maccarone about an Iranian woman named Fariba who has to flee her country to avoid prosecution.

Fariba tries to seek asylum in Germany, but she is denied residency. To avoid being send back to Iran and risk being killed for being a lesbian, she takes on the identity of an Iranian man from the refugee camp who has committed suicide.

Now Fariba finds herself living as a man in a small town in Germany. She knows the only way she will be able to stay in the country long term is if she can arrange for some fake identity papers. Fake papers cost a lot of money and therefore she finds herself a job in a cabbage factory.
It is here where she meets Anne, a beautiful blonde German woman who catches her eye from day one. They get on famously and slowly fall for each other. Of course, it is only a matter of time until Anne will find out Fariba’s true identity.

Fremde Haut/Unveiled trailer

Fremde Haut is about the harsh reality of life as a queer Iranian, as well as the hard life of asylum seekers in general. Yet at the same time, it is also a love story. It makes you think, about life and about how we as a society decide to treat other people. Bust most of all, it makes you realize that love is love no matter what form it takes.

You can read our full review of the movie here.

4. Coup de Foudre/Entre Nous (France, 1983)


This next pick is a favourite of our political editor Maxime. Coup de foudre (Entre Nous) is the 1983 French movie set in occupied France during World War II.

It tells the story of two women, Lena (played by Isabella Huppert) a Jewish refugee who marries a soldier to escape deportation, and Madeleine (played by Miou-Miou), an art student who first loses a husband, then gets pregnant by another man who she marries.

After the war, both women start their families and all seems well, until their paths cross at their children’s school. Lena and Madeleine hit it off right away and form a bond so much stronger than they have ever felt with their husbands.

Can their feelings for one another co-exist alongside their family lives or will they eventually have to choose between convention and following their hearts?

Entre Nous trailer

The story of this film is based on the life of the director, Diane Kurys. This is not a light or happy movie, but its strength lies in how it depicts, painfully and yet in a tender way, the struggle of a woman growing up in the after-war years in France coming to terms with her sexuality.

3. Auf der anderen Seite/the Edge of heaven (Germany, 2007 )


Auf der anderen Seite (the Edge of heaven) is a 2007 German movie by Faith Akin about the differences between everyday life in Germany and Turkey.

It tells the story of Nejat who after his father dies, goes to Turkey to search for Ayten, the daughter of his father’s prostitute girlfriend. What he doesn’t know is that Ayten is a political activist who has already left Turkey and is currently in Germany.

In Germany Ayten meets Lotte, a lovely German do-gooder, who after discovering Ayten has no money or a place to stay, offers her to move in with her and her mother. Lotte’s mother isn’t too pleased by this, and I cannot really blame her.

Quickly a strong bond forms between Lotte and Ayten and the two of them embark on a relationship. Then Ayten is arrested and deported back to Turkey where she ends up in prison. Lotte decides to follow her to Turkey and try to get her released.

Auf der anderen Seite trailer

This is a really good quality movie that just happens to have a lesbian plotline. When I went to see this film at the cinema in Germany, I did not even know about it, and it was a very pleasant surprise. An added bonus if you will, as Auf der anderen Seite is a great and interesting movie even without the lesbian storyline. It’s not a light movie and it might make you want to shout at your screen a few times, but I promise it will not leave you indifferent.

2. Imagine me and you (UK, 2007)


Normally I am not a big fan of romantic comedies, unless they are really well done and/or they have original storylines. British film Imagine me and you from 2005 is one of those movies.

It tells the story of Rachel (played by Piper Perabo) who is about to marry her long term boyfriend Heck, whom she has always thought of as the love of her life. That’s when she meets Luce (played by the lovely Lena Heady) and everything changes.

Imagine me and you trailer

Rachel and Luce immediately hit it off and become really good friends. Soon it becomes clear that their feelings for one another go much deeper than mere friendship. Rachel starts to question her sexuality and soon she will have to make some tough choices between her familiar life with her husband and a chance of happiness with Luce.

What I love about this film, besides that it’s just a really good romantic comedy, is that just like with Auf der anderen Seite, this movie has a very prominent lesbian storyline, yet the storyline is treated as part of the movie and it’s not the entire movie.

Moreover, I like that the subject of being gay isn’t treated as something awful or problematic. Also, it has Lena Heady making about with a woman. What more could you ask for?

1. Fucking Amal/Show me love (Sweden, 1998)


My favourite European lesbian movie, without a doubt, is Fucking Amal (Show me love). Fucking Amal is a Swedish film from 1998 about two seemingly different teenage girls who go to the same high school in a little town called Amal and end up falling in love with each other.

Agnes is a shy girl with not many friends and a huge crush on Elin the most popular girl in school. Elin gets dared into kissing Agnes, then runs off laughing, leaving Agnes both humiliated and heartbroken.

In fact, in true dramatic lesbian teen fashion she decides things are so bad that she is going to kill herself. She is all set with a set of razors in her hand and depressing music playing in the background, when Elin shows up again to apologize for kissing her.

Soon the girls realize that they quite like each other, but before they are ready to openly admit this to each other, themselves, and to the world, they have to overcome a few obstacles, including boys, family members and the nightmare that is called high school.

Don’t let the bad American trailer put you off

Fucking Amal is not just a love story, even though watching these girls figuring out they like each other is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It’s a movie about finding out you are queer in high school, or perhaps it’s just a movie about what it’s like to be in high school: trying to fit in, trying to figure out who you are, and of course there is lots of self-created drama.

The strong point of this movie, compared to many other movies about teenage lesbians, is that it is not filled with depressing messages about how hard it is to be gay. Most of the parents as well as the kids at school do not seem to have a huge problem with homosexuality.

It makes for a nice change that in this movie the lesbian teenagers do not throw themselves from rooftops, murder their parents or get send to gay rehabilitation camps.

Read our full review of the movie here.

Do you agree with this movie selection or would you have picked totally different movies? Let me know about some of your favourite European lesBian movies in the comments.

Read previous columns here.

This article was first published on eurOut.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Homophobic World Congress of Families kicks off in Amsterdam

Watching Saskia’s vlog about the Amsterdam Canal Pride might give you the impression that Amsterdam and all of the Netherlands is a tolerant, accepting, utopical kind of place for everything that is gay.

Think again. The Netherlands is not so much pro gay, as it is liberal and tolerant towards just about anything. What am I talking about?

Today in Amsterdam the World Congress of Families kicks off, a Christian conference organised by very strong believers of traditional families or what they like to call ‘the natural family’. By natural they of course mean one man and one woman, as well as a certain number of kids.

The emphasis of the conference will be on the importance of strict family values, which would be fine, if it did not have a very strong anti-feminism, anti-sexuality, anti-abortion, anti-EU, and especially anti-gay focus.

I had a look on their website, and I just could not believe some of the things I was reading. By the way, do not visit their website, unless you are not easily upset and genuinely want to find out more. I’ll give you some of the highlights instead.

They have some principles they live by, including a very rigid view on sexuality:

“Sexuality is ordered for the procreation of children and the expression of love between husband and wife in the covenant of marriage. Marriage between a man and a woman forms the sole moral context for natural sexual union. Whether through pornography, promiscuity, incest or homosexuality, deviations from these created sexual norms cannot truly satisfy the human spirit. They lead to obsession, remorse, alienation, and disease.”

What I find interesting is how they always lump everything together, like homosexuality, pornography and incest are all the same. Then again, if you truly believe sex is only for procreation, I guess I can understand everything else might bother you.

What bothers me is that reading their website feels like you’re being brainwashed, and what is even more worrying is that they have pages of ‘scientific evidence’ to back up all their claims.

They actually link to stuff that says telling kids to use condoms is medical misinformation, why feminism is wrong, the dangers of same-sex marriage and even claiming there is a link between abortion and getting cancer. I could go on and on, but you get the general idea.

I feel that everyone has the right to believe what they want and live their life the way they want to, and if they have to hold a big conference to spread their crap, go right ahead. But why does it have to take place in Amsterdam of all places? And more importantly, why is the Dutch government actually supporting this?

Yes, you read that correctly. The Dutch government might not officially support or agree with the conference, but we have our MP of Youth and Family Rouvoet (of the Christian Party) giving the opening speech of this conference.

The official statement about this is that he will speak in name of the Dutch government and will actually try to defend our gender neutral marriage laws. Try to being the key words here, as his spokesperson already said it will not be a plea for same sex parenting.

He is not the only Dutch MP who will be speaking at this conference, despite the many protests from inside and outside of the Netherlands that participating in this event, even when advocating a different opinion, is sending out the wrong message to the world. Some might think the Dutch government is saying extreme negative views about homosexuality are ok.

Luckily, other people have more sense than the Dutch government. Six Dutch researchers who had initially agreed to participate at this conference, dropped out once they found out about the gay-unfriendly tone of the conference.

You might wonder what exactly this gay-unfriendly tone means. Well, the organisers had initially planned a workshop entitled “How to prevent homosexuality” which they were forced to remove from the official program after there was too much protest about it. However, they still have plenty of ‘good stuff’ left, like a talk by Slovak MEP Anna Zaoborsla, who once said that AIDS is God’s way of punishing homosexuals.

Conferences like this one show us that we still have a long way to go. I don’t think there will ever be a time when there won’t be people who want to hold a conference like this, but the least we can hope for is less tolerance and support for these kinds of initiatives.

This article was first published on eurOut.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Because you're hot: Christina Cox

Christina Cox seems to be everywhere lately, not that I am complaining. Of course that’s because she has a new upcoming series Gravity – which I am btw rather excited about. We could also enjoy her in yet another episode of Lady Cops.

I have always liked Cox, both because I think she’s really hot…there’s just something about her. I think it’s her smile, or the facial expression or perhaps it’s just her attitude…but I find it extremely attractive.

Even though I think she looks the most attractive these days, I already fancied her back when she played Kim in Better than Chocolate. Just something about her…

Friday, August 7, 2009

Upcoming album: Tea & Sympathy by Billie Myers

When I think of British singer Billie Myers the first thing that comes to mind is her 1997 hit single Kiss the rain. I loved that song back then, and I still love it to this day.

In the late nineties Kiss the rain from Myers’ debut album Growing Pains was a huge hit all over the world. The follow up single Tell Me did pretty well too (also a great song I have to say), and what followed was a world tour, appearances on lots of TV shows, her songs being used in numerous TV series (including Dawson’s Creek), and finally Myers also did some acting (Wasteland, Purpose).

Her second record Vertigo released in 2000 was also received well, but wasn’t nearly as successful as Growing Pains. After that things got a little more quiet. Myers did release a few more songs (including Just Sex, which was a club hit back in 2005) and focused on doing some acting. So she never really went away, but the general public lost sight of her, at least I did.

Now she is busy making a pretty successful come back. A few weeks ago Myers released a new single I hope you're happy now through iTunes. I have to say, it is yet another song of Myers I really enjoy, which is kind of surprising as it is not necessarily the kind of music that I usually listen to. Perhaps with good songs the exact genre matters less.

The single will be followed by a new studio album Tea & Sympathy which will be released later this month on her own record label Fruit Loop records.

On the Tea & Sympathy album Myers worked with people like Marcella Detroit (Shakespeare’s sister) and Kirstin Hall (Sugarland). The album was produced by Dee Adam, which according to Myers’ website “has fashioned a unique collage of sound that intertwines electronica, trip-hop beats, and bluesy guitars around her live acoustic/rock roots.”

Like on her previous albums, Myers is not afraid to lay bare her emotions and sing about very personal issues like self-esteem (Anonymous), infidelity (You send me flying) and defeated Hollywood dreams (Lady Jane).

From what I’ve heard of the album so far, my favourite tracks, besides the single, are Not another love song and Painfully happy. This is one of those albums I’m looking forward to getting my hands on. What about you? Will you add Tea & Sympathy to your iTunes library?

You can listen to some of her new and old songs on her website, as well as on her MySpace page.

This post was first published on eurOut.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

YouTube Thursday: Men I like

Because we can’t talk about women all the time…

Nicolas Cage – Well, probably not the person – actually I wouldn’t know – but there’s quite a few movies starring Cage that I love. My two favourites are…

Gone in 60 seconds

and Leaving Las Vegas

Now that’s a love story. It’s horrible, depressing and you know it’s going to end badly…

Edward Norton
– Another actor I enjoy watching. I especially loved Norton in Fight Club

James Marsters.
Well, once again I don’t really care for the actor, but I love love love Spike from Buffy.

Oh and now that we are on the topic of characters by Joss Whedon, I also always really loved Wesley – but from the Angel spin off, not so much the big geek he was on Buffy.

Who I also really love is Pacey from Dawson’s Creek. C’mon, don’t laugh. I like the actor in general, he’s pretty cool on Fringe too.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Developing Her trailer

"One woman's quest to find a love she has fictionally created" Awesome. Can't wait to see the entire short.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New British lesbian web series Far Out releases trailer

Far Out is an upcoming new British lesbian web series written by Faye Hughes about, "witty, gritty, titty tale tells of the lives & loves of your typical gay girls about town."

The web series consisting of six episodes, including a 45-minute pilot that will be shown over the course of 8 weeks, starting from September 6. For those of you who cannot wait that long, the official trailer was released this weekend, which shows you a little bit of what you can expect from Far Out.

So what do you think? Does this look like the kind of show you will be watching?

Personally I love any web series that is made by and is all about lesbians. In addition, it also doesn’t hurt that I am a big fan of most things British. Having said that, the trailer hasn’t convinced me yet just how awesome this series is going to be. But I can’t wait for the actual pilot to convince me.

You can find out more about Far Out and show your support for the web series here.

This post was first published on eurOut.

Monday, August 3, 2009

How things change

Below is my first ever blog post I wrote about 18 months ago:

Life’s what you make it(?)
A new year, a new blog.

I started this tradition* where I do something big and drastic every year. Two years ago I moved to a different country, one year ago I quit smoking. I am still not sure which of the two was a more life-changing event. This year, however, nothing major or drastic has happened yet. Not only hasn’t it happened yet, I am also not sure what this year’s big thing should be.

Sure, I am starting this new blog, it’s day five of my great this-time-I-will-not-be-weak- diet, and I am about to move back to my hometown. Still, none of this actually qualifies as big and drastic, let alone life changing. Well, maybe the whole moving back to my hometown thing does. So many people say you should never go back, including me. How happy I was to leave, and how certain I was that I would never ever go back. Never say never.

I said I would never stick around uni longer than I had to, and for years I laughed at the losers in grad school, until I ended up there myself. I said I would never love another the way I loved her, and well you can probably guess how that ended. I said I would never become unemployed, I would never move to Germany, I would never give up smoking, I would never become like my parents, I would never become old and boring, I would never…

Life has a funny way of making things happen and taking you places, regardless of how you pictured it in your head beforehand or the plans you’re making. Or as someone else has already said it better before me “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” (John Lennon).

Even though this might be true, I still feel like you should not just sit on the sidelines and watch your life unfold. I like to think I have some control over my life, or at least I want certain things to happen. Like doing something big and drastic once a year. It makes me feel like I am doing something good and useful, and at the same time it’s also kind of fun. If only I had a clue what this year’s big thing was going to be…

It’s true that nothing big or world changing happened at the beginning of 2008 and nothing much happened at all for a big part of that year..but comparing myself and what my life is like right now, it’s a world of difference. And all for the good.

I guess you really cannot always consciously change or determine what direction your life is going to take. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last year is that that really doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lesbian Web Series – Part II: What’s happening in Europe?

In our first segment on lesBian web series last week, I focused on some of my favourite web series. I told you about my love for the American teen series Anyone But Me, and two Canadian shows, one about a clumsy and clueless, yet lovable PI B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye and another about the joys and horrors of online dating Seeking Simone.

A quick search on the internet showed me at least 9 more web series that have lesbian or bisexual characters, including 3Way, Apples, Chica Busca Chica,FEED, GIRLTRASH!, Joni & Susanna, The Lovers and Friends Show, Time Traveling Lesbian, and We Have to Stop Now.

As you might have noticed from that list, most of these shows were created in either the United States or in Canada. The only two exceptions are two Spanish web series Apples and Chica Busca Chica. Apples is a web series that is all about hot women having fun and enjoying life, which comes across in the episodes that are filled with silliness, witty dialogues and the usual over the top events. As you can see from the trailer, this web series has a much more drama and making out content than most web series, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Quite a different kind of web series is Chica Busca Chica, a 16 episodes 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.


The Chica Busca Chica cast

Neither Apples or Chica Busta Chica have had any new content out since 2007. Although we heard that the creators of the latter show are still hoping to make a second season. You can read more about these Spanish web series in an article we wrote back in December.

It makes you ask why aren’t there any more European lesBian web series? I guess we weren’t the only ones who were wondering about this, as there seem to be lots of wonderful, creative people working on changing this situation right at this moment.

Far Out


The cast of Far Out

The first new European lesBian web series that will see the light of day is probably going to be Far Out. Far Out is a British lesbian web series written by Faye Hughes about, "witty, gritty, titty tale tells of the lives & loves of your typical gay girls about town."

The series is set in London’s Soho and has been described by some not very imaginative folks as “the British L word”. Other comparisons, however, with series like Queer as folk and This Life – two shows I really enjoyed watching – sound much better to me. Hughes’ aim is to tell the tales of real recognisable lesbians in all their diversity, to show what lesbians are really like.

So far they have only released this short teaser, but a longer trailer will be presented soon, followed by the first real Episode in September. You can find out more here. We will be sure to keep you up to date about all the developments about this show.

Besides Far Out there seem to be a few other UK based lesBian web series in the works. These include a project called Lesbians in London who are only at the beginning stages of developing their series. This seems to be an interactive endeavour where others (you?) are asked for suggestions what the series should look like. We have also heard mention of lesBian web series from other European countries. When any of these web series are closer to launching, we will be sure to let you know all about it.

This article was first published on eurOut.