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Other countries such as USA and Canada have
designated channels for gay programming,
it's high time Australia caught up with our
She explains, "The show aims to take its right-
ful place in mainstream television. Our aim is to
make gay content and gay living accessible to the
viewing public as a way of breaking down these
stereotypes and programming barriers. Also, it's
a fun show with great stories and wonderful peo-
For Ryan its about quality not quantity. She
wants the show to serve "as a benchmark for qual-
ity gay programming."
What the producers of Inside Out and The
Weekly G both share is a passion to get 'our ' sto-
ries out in the media.
Ryan says, "It's so vital; so many wonderful
things are happening in our community on a daily
basis; we are a community of achievers, creatives,
sports stars, community members, business men
and women, all of which needs to showcased and
celebrated in a public way."
Eirlys adds, "We have opinions and interests
just like our heterosexual counterparts. A straight
person will never be able to relate to the concerns
of coming out, or to understand the frustrations of
not being able to marry the one you love, so these
topics need to be covered in the media particularly
by those directly associated with it."
The pair both believe that there is a place for gay
media in the mainstream: "Other countries such as
the USA and Canada have designated channels
for gay programming," says Ryan. "It's high time
Australia caught up with our international peers."
Eirlys agrees. "Inside Out is a show catered to
the gay and lesbian community just the same as
the Footy Show is catered to NRL fans. Not every-
one is a football fan and not everyone is gay so we
are not expecting everyone to enjoy Inside Out,
just as Channel Nine do not expect my Nanna to
tune into the footy."
Here at LOTL we've been turning our focus on
the lives and times of LGBT folk for two decades.
Publisher Silke Bader feels it's time we turned that
microscope inwards and took a look at our past
and our contribution to LGBT media and culture
over the years, with a LOTL documentary planned
to celebrate the magazine's milestone of 20 years
in publishing. The documentary, with the working
title of LOTL Celebrating 20 years (1999-2009):
A lesbian publication's rite (right) of passage, will
be produced by Avalon Media and 4Cast Produc-
According to Amanda Keeling of LOTL, the
documentary will "focus on the women involved
in producing the publication, queer historians,
contributors and readers. It will situate LOTL
Magazine within a political and social frame-
work, and will offer an insight into the ways the
magazine has contributed to gay life for women
Keeling believes that "marking this milestone
of 20 years allows the community to celebrate a
chapter in a shared cultural history."
She adds, "The documentary will demonstrate
that LOTL is not just a publication, but a chapter
in people's lives and lesbian/queer history. It is a
symbol, a voice, a channel whereby lesbians com-
municate their ideas, views, feelings and strug-
gles. It has provided a space to be proud and to
Keeling, like her counterparts at Inside Out and
The Weekly G, believes queer stories don't just ap-
peal to queer folk. She says, "With LOTL's read-
ership, there is an established audience to market
the program to, and established platforms through
which to reach them. [But] It is also intended to
appeal to the wider community who may have a
connection to, or an interest in, the lesbian com-
munity. The project also carries considerable
weight as an historical documentary of interest to
Just like the folk at The Weekly G and Inside
Out, Avalon Media is seeking ﬁnancial support for
the production of this doco.
LOTL Celebrating 20 years
An investor's prospectus is available on request. For
more details please email email@example.com.
au. Don't forget to check out LOTL TV on AURORA this
Mardi Gras season. Sceening from Feb 25.
For more info on Inside Out or to assist with funding
Siobhan Eirlys on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weekly G
Those looking to support The Weekly G should email
Changing the face of lm and TV. By Cec Busby.
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