Why Popular Lesbians Matter? (part 1.)
Who are popular lesbians nowadays, popular in the meaning that are recognized (also) in the mainstream and why they matter? They matter for obvious reason, they represent (good and successful) role models for lesbians of all ages and walks of life.
In the USA the most popular is Ellen Degeners with her talk show Ellen She is funny, she has peculiar quizzes, she hosts popular people from wide range of professions and fields as well – she promotes their work, life experiences and achievements.
In Europe one of the most well-known is Anne Will, TV host at ARD 1 (Germany's TV and radio broadcaster).
They are one of the reasons why I created this website. Namely, throughout two decades surfing on the internet I came across to only a few lesbian websites. For years there have been only American lesbian and bisexual website Afterellen (AE), created in 2002 by Sarah Warn – it started with reviews of shows like The L Word, Once and Again, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tipping the Velvet etc. In 2008 a European version of AE was founded as eurOut.org by Sandra Showtime.
In 2009, another American lesbian, bisexual, queer website Autostraddle was founded by Riese Bernard and Alexandra Vega. It is website that tries to cover more diversity within LBTQI+ community. It is also more orientied towards everyday life of LBTQI+ women and not focused only on entertainment.
In Canada there is a queer website Lez Spread the Word (LSTW) that covers Canadian lesbian and bisexual artists (filmmakers, photographers, fashion designers, DJ's).
There is Onemorelesbian (OML) website that aggregates video content that exists on other sites. There are not articles or reviews on the site, however.
In Europe there hasn't been any similar website as Afterellen or Autostraddle. There is a French website Barbi(e)turix culture, politics, art, fashion, travel, sport, book and film reviews and all that you can do as LesBisex in Paris.
There is also another French LB-website called Emma Recaimer (ER). However Emma hasn't written any articles or reviews on LBT-women in film, TV- and WEB-series and music. Just short paragraphs of introduction of new LB-films, series, songs and fantasy couples.
One of the reasons why I also created my website is as Karen Frost (also contributing author of LL-Passion website) wrote in her article 'Lesbians, Hollywood is Not the Savior of Our Intellectual Movement' on AE pointing out how she lacks new lesbian intellectual influencers and I can nothing but totally agree with her. I have missed some intellectual lesbian influencers for years too: where are the days of Gayle Rubin, Eve Sedgwick, Monique Wittig, Judith Butler, Monika Treut, Chantal Akerman, Rose Troche with all their wit, innovative, dare and creative ideas and presentions in theories, novels and films? Therefore my LL-passion website aim at articles and reviews using philosophical, educational and scientific theories to explain topics of lesbian and bisexual love, sexuality, emotions, sexual orientation etc. and the same applies for film, TV-or Web-series. Sometimes I also present scientific research results on different topics and present lesbian and bisexual scientists, philosophers, artists and their important intellectual and/or art work.
Sometimes I do use more 'light' style of writing articles like this one and reviews, however. Style of writing also depends on the article's theme and the contents of the film, TV-or Web-series.
And latter brings us to the second part of the article. Naming USA successful and important lesbian and bisexual actresses (older and younger generation) as our role models.
Ellen deGeneres (sitcom Ellen 1994-98 and Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003-), Jodie Foster (Taxi driver 1974, Silence of the Lambs, 1991, Sommersby 1993, Nell, 1994, Contact 1997, Anna and the King 1999, Panic Room 2002, Hotel Artemis 2018), Rosie O'Donnell (The Rosie O'Donnell show 1996-2002, Rosie Live 2008, The Rosie Show 2011-12, The View 2014-15, The Fosters 2014-18), Ellen Page (X-Men Last Stand 2006, Juno 2007, Inception 2010, X-Men Days of Future Past 2014, Freeheld 2015), Portia de Rossi (Ally McBeal 1998-2002, Arrested Development 1998-2018, Nip/Tuck 2007-2009, Scandal 2014-2017), Raven-Symoné (The Cosby Show 1989-92, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992, Dr. Dolittle 1998, Dr. Dolittle 2 2001, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004, Tinker Bell etc. 2008-15), Jane Lynch (A Mighty Wind 2003, I Do & I Don't, Two and Half Man 2004-14, The L Word 2005-09, Glee 2009-14, The Good Fight 2017-18)
Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Holland Taylor (The Practice 1998-2003, D.E.B.S. 2003, The L Word 2004-08, Monk 2005-07, Two and a Half Men 2003-15), Lily Tomlin (Nashwille 1975, The Late Show 1977, All of Me 1984, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe 1991, Short Cuts 1993, Grandma 20015), Kelly McGillis (Top Gun 1986), Cherry Jones, Meredith Baxter (All the Presidents Man 1976, Paradise Texas 2005, Family 1976-80, Love Boat 1977-82, Family Ties 1982-89, Finding Carter 2014-15), Sara Gilbert (Roseanne Show 1988-97, 2018, The Big Bang Theory 2007-10, 2016, The Talk 2010-), Jasika Nicole (Fringe 2007-2009), Guinevere Turner (Go Fish 1994, Itty Bitty Titty Committee 2007), Wanda Sykes (The Chris Rock Show 1997-2000, The Wanda Sykes Show 2009-10, Alpha House 2013-15, Blackish 2015-).
TV hosts: Rachel Maddow (The Rachel Maddow Show 2008-).
European lesbian and bisexual actresses:
Nadin Matthews (Die Rüden 2017), Leonore Busch (2+4 - Der n-tv Talk, 2004-06), Hella von Sinnen (Sat.1 improvisational comedy show Genial daneben 2003-, Venus and Mars 2001, Crazy about Paris 2002), Fiona Shaw (Hedda Gabler 1992, all Harry Potter films, Black Dhalia 2006, Mrs. Wilson, 2018, Killing Eve 2018-), Heather Peace (Lip Service 2010-12), Saffron Burrows (Enigma 2001, Troy 2004, Boston Legal 2007-08, Mozart in the Jungle 2014-18), Maria Schneider (Last Tango in Paris 1972, The Passenger 1975), Muriel Robin (La Griffe 2002, Fugueuses 2007, Robin revient, tsoin, tsoin 2013, Momo 2015), Emma de Caunes (Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra 2002, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007, Rien dans les poches 2008, Dune 2013, Ransom 2017-), Ramona Leiß (Egon Schiele 1981, Hotel Paradises 2005, Sturm der Liebe 2008), Maren Kroymann (Nachtschwester Kroymann 1993-97, Flemming 2009-12, Wendy 1,2 2017, 2018), Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia 2001, Van Helsing 2004, Room in Rome 2010, The Skin I Live In, 2011, Wonder Woman 2017), Adèle Haenel (Water Lilies 2004, Suzanne 2013, Love at First Fight 2014, BPM - Beats per Minute – 2018), Erika Linder (Bellow Her Mouth 2016).
TV hosts: Anne Will, Leonore Busch (Das Thema 2006, Europa@n-tv 2007, Busch@n-tv 2009), Enora Malagré (on France 4:Touche pas à mon poste! 2010-, 4 Nouvelle Star, ça continue...2013, Derrière le poste on 2014-), Charlotta "Lotta" Bromé (various shows for Sveriges Radio, Christmas Eve host at SVT), Sandra Berneda (On Telecinco De buena ley 2009-12, Hable con ellas 2009-14, GH VIP: El Debate 2016-, Volverte a ver 2018), Anne Kejser (comedy show 'Slemme, slemme piger' 2009).