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This is the first installment of a new monthly column about lesbian/bi visibility in European media by eur.Out.org Editor in Chief Saskia Joreen.
Forbidden Lesbian Love In Germany
One of the most lesbian things that has come from Europe in the past weeks is the new lesbian storyline on German soap series Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love). The show originally started back in 1995 as an adaptation of Australian soap opera Sons and Daughters. Lesbian character Carla was on the show for years and had several lovers. She got married to Susanne in 2006. The couple also had a daughter together.
Later, Carla got involved with Stella, and apart from the usual soap dramatics, this couple have been treated quite well in the series. They left the show last year to travel the world and came back later for a couple of episodes. They left again to get married in »
He had a rough weekend, but he looks good on the September cover.
As the Chrolli wedding approaches on Verbotene Liebe, they've released a rehearsal video. Not of the wedding rehearsal they filmed for the show, but of the rehearsal for the wedding rehearsal on the show. You know what, they're cuter doing it than I am explaining it. GLAAD has announced their 2nd Annual Media Awards in Advertising will take place on September 29th. Looking over the nominees, these look like they were all in gay targeted publications and channels, at least to my memory. Last year, at least the Orbitz ad was true mass market, even if it was subtle. As the Emmy Awards approach this weekend, we're going to hear and read a lot of press about the nominees. »
While soap opera fans in the U.S. are still mourning the abrupt loss of Oliver and Kyle on One Life to Live and the impending loss of Luke, Noah and Reid on As the World Turns, we can at least take comfort that over in Germany one of our favorite gay couples of all time has something wonderful to celebrate.
Christian and Olli are getting married on Forbidden Love (Verbotene Liebe)! That's right, Chrolli are going to have the first gay church wedding on TV in Germany and one of the few anywhere in the world. In fact, I actually can't think of another one. I thought Paul and Jonny on Emmerdale had been married in a church wedding, but I don't think that is the case, and Kevin and Scotty on Brothers & Sisters were married at Kevin's mother's house so this just might be a first anywhere. »
In our first annual Top 50 Lesbian and Bi Characters poll, we asked you to vote for your favorite characters from film, television, and internet shows.
You cast your votes, and now we have the results. Before we reveal the winners, let's take a look at some of the trends that emerged.
Almost all of the characters were from films and television shows that made their debut after the year 2000. A few of the exceptions include Kerry Weaver from ER, and the ass-kicking ladies from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
While most of the characters were from Us productions, a fair amount came from international shows, including our top two characters (from the UK show Skins).
Also notable was the fact that some of your favorite characters, the leads from Xena: Warrior Princess (which ran from 1995-2001) and Idgie Threadgood from the film Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), were never officially presented as lesbian or bisexual. »
Fans of the German soap opera Verbotene Liebe will remember actress Meike Gottschalk as Sophie Lewinsky, but she'll be on an international lesbian radar as the star of the new web series Emma Stahl. The show's producer Sandra Uredat describes the series as "a modern action and crime series like Dexter or " but also a little bit of "old school stuff" like Remington Steele and James Bond."
Emma Stahl is a special agent for the European police unit EuForce and is investigating the Russian Mafia. Meanwhile, she becomes involved with several different women. That's right — like Bond girls, there are Stahl girls.
"When you are gay you always have to decide whether you want to see a movie, tv series or whatever with a thrilling plot but straight heroes, or to see a lesbian main character but no plot" Uredat said. "Since Bound, there was no other lesbian themed movie »
- Trish Bendix
The veteran British actress will play an English aristocrat in longrunning TV show Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love), and she's set to start shooting on Monday.
And the 76 year old is relieved she doesn't have to learn a new language to take part - as the producers have allowed her to recite her lines in English.
She says, "I don't have to speak German."
Collins' debut in the soap opera will air in Germany in April. »
6 items from 2010
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