Down Under: “Generation L”

Ruth Callander is a New Zealander living and writing in Melbourne.  She hopes to cover stories from both sides of the ditch.  Send her tips about the things you want to hear about at or tweet her @RuthCallander

Check this out!  Following on from the, er, success of The Real L Word, Australian queers can now look forward to a home grown reality show about ladies who love the ladies. Soon to be launched Sydney based project Generation L describes itself as “a sensational new reality series that goes behind closed doors and into the lives and bedrooms of the new generation of gay women.”  Filming as it goes, the series will be set around the events of this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras, from the glitzy parties to the morning afters and, of course, the drama in between.

Created by Sydneysiders Yas London and Brooke Hemphill, Generation L is different from The Real L Word in that it centers around a real life group of interconnected friends, rather than a pre-selected cast. Speaking of her friends, who inspired the creation of the series and with whom she co-stars, London says, “Aside from knowing what uniquely fantastic and interesting lives they all lead, I realised they all individually represent strong, sexy, smart, and ‘label free’ women who really embrace the ‘make your own rules in life’ attitude.”

Generation L is named for a recent cultural shift in the local lesbian scene that London attributes to the impact of The L Word, in allowing a broader range of “what a lesbian looks like” to become accepted.  Recounting her early days on the scene as a particularly femme (acrylic nail-sporting!) lesbian, London remembers “cutting my hair off and buying trucker hats and baggy jeans, just to fit in.  That so wasn’t me and I found it weirdly ironic that I had to completely change who I was to fit with a community that was apparently all about acceptance.”  Another notable point of difference from The Real L Word is that Generation L showcases the full range of lesbian glamour, from butch to femme.  “We are all representative of a new type, or generation of lesbians,” London explains.

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