After The Real L Word was canceled last year, Showtime said they weren’t completely done with the L Word brand and that, instead, they’d put together a documentary about identifying as lesbian in a small town community. Now they’ve announced that 90-minute film, L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin will premiere August 6 at OutFest in Los Angeles with its television premiere on August 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Ilene Chaiken and Magical Elves are producing the doc with director Lauren Lazin at the helm. From a press release:
What is life like for lesbians living outside more progressive metropolitan areas in America today where gay women endure hardships, bigotry, bullying, sexism and racism while trying to live among their predominantly straight neighbors? Chaiken and the Elves journey deep into Bible Belt towns like Laurel, Gulfport and Hattiesburg to tell the stories of a dozen such women, including a newly out-and-proud former pastor banished from her church, but who later regains her self-esteem by launching a program to support her local LGBTQ community. A white mother would accept her daughter’s black lover, if only she were a man. A couple grapples with both infertility and female-to-male gender transitioning. And a former life-long lesbian struggles to “pray the gay away,” and hopes to do the same for her openly gay son.
…Against the backdrop of the burgeoning gender and marriage equality debate, L WORD MISSISSIPPI: HATE THE SIN spotlights those loving, living, working, parenting and forcing change from within places where entrenched, conservative values have resisted the progress the LGBTQ community has worked hard to achieve elsewhere.
It’s an interesting new turn for The L Word brand, one much less glamorous than previous seasons both fictional and focused on reality. Hopefully it will spawn new and growing conversations about gay women who live in a different kind of reality, one that is a little less Hollywood and a little more humble. Things should still prove dramatic, though, and in a much more “real” way.