eurOut on AfterEllen.com: “Verbotene Liebe” has a new lesbian storyline, Ann Wauters and wife are pregnant

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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 Canada and haven’t been seen on the series since.

However, Verbotene Liebe now has a new lesbian storyline which has been heavily promoted on the front page of the show’s website. Friends Rebecca (who seems to be Carla’s niece) and Miriam discover they might have feelings for each other after sharing a kiss. A kiss that was originally just intended to get rid of a group of annoying guys at a spa. Apart from how unrealistic that sounds (has kissing another girl to scare off guys ever worked for you?), it’s the start of Rebecca questioning her sexuality. She enjoyed the kiss a lot, feels uncomfortable around Miriam since then and now wonders if she’s a lesbian. To her it would explain why she hasn’t been lucky in (straight) love so far.

The show’s website has the following to say about this storyline:

The story of Rebecca and Miriam is a special one, because it’s the first time actresses this young portray a lesbian couple on Verbotene Liebe. ‘The story has an experimental character: two young women that discover each other. To search and find this path, I find that very beautiful’, says Jasmin [Lord, who plays Rebecca]. Romina [Becks, who plays Miriam] also loves this love story: “Gay couples aren’t uncommon anymore. Especially in Cologne – but also on television!”

They’ve also published an interview with the two actresses, who are close friends in real life too. A lot of attention is paid to the shooting of their love scenes, which, according to Jasmin, are more enjoyable to shoot than with a male co-star. Romina commented on the touching part in their love scenes: “I like [to shoot these scenes with a woman], also when it comes to touching. We have been friends for a long time. It’s just like touching yourself or your sister.”

The interview then goes on about how the actresses are not actually gay themselves. This emphasis on the actresses’ sexuality seems a bit redundant to me. Is it that terrible that people might think you’re gay when you play gay? But let’s not digress. What matters right now is that they play gay, and they will continue to do so for at least another month. Without wanting to give away any spoilers, the first kiss they had on the show will certainly not be the last! But whether or not they turn into an actual lesbian couple, remains to be seen. You can read a full recap of the beginning of this lesbian story on eurOut.

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