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SAVE MARINA Thank you for putting Karina Lombard on
your June cover. An announcement was made by Ilene
Chaiken that Karina Lombard will not return as the character
of Marina Ferrer to The L Word ... There is currently an
online petition with over 4500 signatures, requesting the
return of Ms. Lombard. We (Karina's Fans) have recently
taken out 2 ads in Variety newspaper as Open Messages for
Ilene Chaiken and Showtime. There has been an ongoing
letter writing campaign, plus flower sending to Showtime.
Karina Lombard is the most popular character per all online
polls and this character is NOT returning! All the information
is outlined on http://www.savemarina.com/ and http://www.
karinaworld.com/ and http://www.karinalombard.net/
--- Shaun, via email.
RE: RUBBERY FIGURES I would like to clarify the letter by Ian
Johnston (Your Say, June), who apparently prefers American
figures to Australian ones. Firstly Salt Shakers always quotes
recognised official sur vey figures or states "less than 2% of
Australian society identify as homosexual", not 1% as stated by
Ian. Secondly, I suggest he looks closer to home for reliable
statistics. Last year's 'Sex in Australia' Sur vey, documented in
the "Australian and NZ Journal of Public Health -- Vol 27
No.2 2003", a sur vey with 20,000 participants, gave the
following conclusions: "1.6% of men identify as homosexual
and 0.8% of women identify as lesbian. The average for both
therefore being 1.2%. The 'bisexual' figure was given as 0.9%
for men and 1.4% for women. This sur vey even included an
extra 1,000 people specifically taken from 'central'
metropolitan Sydney (obviously Kings Cross and South
Sydney area) so as to allow for the possible concentration of
homosexuals in that area. Clearly, American statistics are
somewhat 'stretched' and therefore irrelevant when quoting
statistics for Australia.
--- Peter Stokes, Executive Office,
Salt Shakers, Wantirna, VIC. www.saltshakers.org.au
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SMALL SCREEN LESBIANS I am shocked that Evelyn Hartogh
("Pop Tarts" June) suggested that Australia has some catching
up to do in relation to our portrayal of lesbians on TV. There
were two important Australian soaps of the 1970s/1980s -- The
Box and Prisoner, both of which had explicit lesbian characters.
Although The Box only lasted a season or two Prisoner was a big
hit. It included two explicit lesbians -- Frankie, one of the early
inmates, and Judy, who was portrayed as a caring, loving
person. There was also the implied sexuality of Joan Ferguson,
other wise known as the 'Freak' (for her treatment of the
prisoners not her sexuality). There was a lesbian relationship
story line on the medical soap GP in the 1980s and we have had
a strong, positive portrayal of a lesbian on All Saints for a while
now -- Dr Charlotte Beaumont. We have seen her in various
interactions with lovers: fighting, kissing, flirting and rolling
around in bed. Australia behind -- no way! --- Sharyn McGee,
Lecturer in Sociology, University of Western Sydney.
GO PLAYSCHOOL I cannot fully express the dismay my
partner and I felt on the evening of June 3. For 'Gayschool'
to be used as a headline on A Current Affair is typical of their
sensationalism, but when the same headline came up for
Channel Nine's News I was shocked and appalled. Playschool
simply showed a fun day out from a young child's perspective.
... The girl's parents were shown in the background enjoying
watching their girl playing with her friend, as any loving
parents would ... Well done Playschool. Once again in your
subtle way you are aiding the next generation to have broader
acceptance. Do not underestimate the importance of what
you do or change due to minority discrimination groups. ---
M. Hansen, Stanmore NSW.
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