The tale of three unique women living together after years of searching for happiness.
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Nancy, a widow with kids starts a lesbian relationship with Cathy a woman living with her parents just across the street from Nancy. The two seem to compliment one another, yet don’t hold either on a tight leash.
Both women became involved in the lesbian lifestyle for different reasons. Nancy was looking for something different after being widowed. Cathy was on the rebound from a sad breakup with a longtime lover.
Mary, the third woman, got initiated into the rough lesbian scene with a kinky domme named Rachel, who also had had an affair with Nancy. After Mary and Rachel began seeing each other regularly, Rachel suggested that Mary would really like Nancy one of her old flames.
Rachel made sure to let Mary know that Nancy was involved with another woman, Cathy, and the best way to meet Nancy would be through Cathy. Mary thinks it over and approaches Cathy, while they are both in a restaurant rest room.
Just as Rachel had assumed, Cathy was easily convinced into getting together with Mary, and she had little problem convincing her own lover, Nancy into entertaining Mary in their hotel room, for a steaming night of erotic pleasure.
Franco Stevens came on the Bay Area scene in the late-1980s, eager to immerse herself in the lesbian community she knew existed there. She went to A Different Light bookstore in the Castro looking for a magazine that would connect her to San Francisco’s vibrant lesbian scene only to be told that no such publication existed. She took a job at this same bookstore, and met other women hungry for the same sort of magazine. Franco decided to create what she and other women wanted; the story of how she did that is documented in the award-winning documentary Ahead of the Curve.
In 1991, Franco’s first issue of the groundbreaking Deneuve magazine didn’t feature a lesbian celebrity on the cover; the advent of lesbian chic and the wave of “celesbians” that would follow was still a few years away. But the issue did feature Franco on the back cover looking every inch the picture of lesbian chic: relaxed, confident, and brimming with chutzpah. Franco Stevens was a self-invented pioneer of lesbian visibility, using the medium of print to hold up a mirror to lesbians everywhere so they could see themselves — and find each other.
After almost 20 years of growing the world’s best-selling newsstand publication for lesbians and queer women — which also branched into events, merchandise and dating — Franco sold her stake in the brand, citing publishing and health challenges, as well as the desire to spend more time with her family.
Australian publisher Silke Bader acquired the magazine, and for ten years tried to meet the demands of an increasingly challenging world, where the label ‘lesbian’ fractured into other identities, and a digital revolution offered increasingly free editorial content — and rewarded shorter attention spans.
“It almost felt like when I sold the magazine, my child was going off to be married,” Franco recalls of the moment she decided to let her beloved creation go. Little did she know that ten years later, her ‘child’ would come back home. “I never imagined that would happen, partially because my physical abilities haven’t changed since I had to relinquish the magazine,” she reveals. “But this turn of events has given me a great opportunity to reconnect with the community and discover what we want and need now.”
In many ways, time has made the original mission of the magazine more urgent. When Franco was in charge, she was keenly aware that she wasn’t just producing reading material — she was creating permission for same-sex attracted women to hold space in the wider culture.
“Back in the day, we couldn’t have fathomed that everybody would be connected by the Internet. Having a gorgeous, glossy, mainstream-looking magazine that you could hold in your hands was a validation of our lives and our own community. It made us visible to both each other and to the wider world.”
Foremost, Franco wanted to create a ‘home base’ for lesbians. But locating that base was a challenge.
“We went on cross-country tours to lesbian bars and bookstores, we threw parties and events to create a sense of community and to introduce women to the magazine, wherever they were,” she recalls. “I mean, how do you get the word out about something that’s never happened before when there’s no internet? You have to hit the pavement. It’s not like today where you can find women in online spaces. We literally had to go to where they were. And sometimes finding them even in their hometowns was hard.”
Franco and the Curve team kept the kind of schedule you can when you’re in your 20s. They would visit a new city every day, do a radio show, a bookstore reading, a meet-and-greet in a coffee shop, and then head to a party in a club or bar that night, and crash with some local women or pack into a motel room if they had the cash. “The magazine became a way for women to connect when they had no other way to meet each other,” says Franco. “Talk about some powerful validation that you’re not alone.”
When Franco reaquired the publication in early 2021, the home base she had created with her magazine would become The Curve Foundation, a non-profit organization conceived to empower lesbians, queer women, trans women, and non-binary people of all races, ages and abilities to share our stories, connect and raise visibility. Franco donated the magazine to The Curve Foundation and feels thrilled to have the new Executive Director take the lead on the re-envisioned publication going forward.
Casual sex in ancient Egypt is taken for granted, among the unmarried population. What is not quite so common is same sex relationships, though not forbidden, it is frown upon among the married population as an obstacle to child birth and the strength of a family.
When High Architect Herit, a position unique for her gender, becomes involved in a fight between two ‘women lovers’ working on the latest pyramid project. Before it is broken up, one of the fighters collapses dead in the sand. Apparently at the hands of the other woman she was arguing with.
The two combative women, Sadek and Merti had been fighting over another woman when the much bigger Merti fell over dead. Sadek, though seemingly guilty, vehemently denies her guilt. Showing that the dead girl had no lethal wounds on her body. Sadek appeals to the respected architect to help get her free. A task that Herit is hesitant to take on since she also had been a lover of the victim. Will she help or will she wash her hands of the entire affair?
To Herit, the question she must answer is: if Sadek didn’t kill Merti, how did Merti die.
Judith Lansing had become quite rich, stealing, and selling corporate secrets. She also has an eye for the ladies, especially Young Ladies. But she has the good sense to keep business and pleasure separate to keep her life uncomplicated.
She has been in the business for a number of years and occasionally has hit a snag or two, even a brush with the law. But she is comfortable in the fact she has been feeding off Breezeflow, the cybernetics company for several years and thinks she will never be found out.
But of course she thought wrong. She gets a blackmail letter from an anonymous person threatening to expose her unless she gives into their demands of $500,000. The rendezvous time and place is set for an old cemetery late at night. Though not expecting any real trouble she packs up the cash and takes along her unregistered Glock.
Judith even arrives early for the exchange to scope out any traps or tricks the blackmailer may have set up. She is pretty confident if the deal goes south, she will be able to handle the situation. Again she thought wrong!
The identity of the blackmailer is a shock, but even more of a shock is the blackmailer’s accomplice. With her mind in a spin the situation looks pretty grim, and Judith realizes it’s going to be kill or be killed before this caper is finished.
Two co-workers, Leigh, and Andrea, meet at work. Leigh is awestruck by Andrea, who seems to barely notice her. Then surprisingly, Andrea approaches Leigh leaving no doubt about her intensions and soon the two are dating.
Andrea and Leigh work in the mailroom of some large company’s office building. Leigh has fallen head over heels for Andrea, and eventually Andrea finds her attention flattering and eventually Andrea succumbs to the unrelenting Leigh.
The two begin dating and in short order the two end up in Leigh’s bed and what follows is an intense evening of passion and desire. There is the bloom of love stirring in Leigh and the if not love, there is at least lust stirring in Andrea.
Following the fireworks of the two ‘lovers’ first night together, the relationship begins to plateau and soon, Leigh is hardly acknowledged by Andrea at work. Though occasionally Andrea will call Leigh for a late night bootie call, the closeness of their first night is missing. Leigh refuses to accept the reality of the situation and endures her lover’s indifference.
All hope of maintaining the relationship Leigh thought they both had, comes crumbling around her when Leigh speaks to Andrea while passing each other at work, and Andrea ignores her, in front of several employees that know their story. Leigh realizes something has got to give, but she refuses to accept the obvious until it’s too late.
‘Wynonna Earp’s Emily Andras on Wayhaught’s Wedding, Legacy and Future
*This post contains spoilers from the season four finale of Wynonna Earp.
After four groundbreaking seasons, Wynonna Earp came to an epic, laugh-out-loud, tear-inducing end last night, and it was everything we could’ve wanted from a finale (other than more Wynonna, but we’ll get back to that later).
While the crew and fans are still fighting to get the show picked up by another network, after four wild seasons, Wynonna Earp has aired its series finale on SYFY Friday. The episode had a WayHaught wedding, one last curse to deal with, confessions of love, family, and happy endings for Waverly, Wynonna, Nicole, Doc, Jeremy, and the whole family.
“It feels heartbreaking to say goodbye, but like all things that are beautiful, sometimes they have to come to an end, and that’s what makes them special,” show creator Emily Andras tells Out. “I think that little bit of wistfulness, that little bit of a lemon in the cream just makes it that much sweeter, right? Happiness and joy are sometimes fleeting, and being able to say people got to experience that happiness and joy, and also hopefully gave it to a whole group of people, is once in a lifetime. And from a writer perspective, beyond my wildest dreams. So I just feel grateful, honestly. I’m grateful.”
Filming a finale can come with a lot of pressure to get everything right, but Andras said everything just seemed to line up — almost as if the lesbian and bisexual gods were smiling down on them. “It just happened to be the most sunny summer day. There were no clouds. You can hear the birds and smell the wildflowers,” she says of the day they filmed the wedding. “It was very magical, and everybody sort of felt the weight of it on our shoulders, but we also just had a lot of fun.”
When it came to writing vows for Waverly and Nicole, the words flowed out of her. “I will tell you a secret, and I do not say this to be arrogant: it was all so easy,” she says about writing the wedding. “I feel like this as an episode was not that hard to write, because I feel like I’ve been thinking about this day for these characters for a very long time. It didn’t seem too difficult to reach down into my soul, and hopefully their souls, and figure out what they would have said to one another.”
While the episode with the bulletproof lesbian was written and filmed before Clexa and The 100bury your gays controversy completely bubbled to the surface, a scene where a bisexual woman and lesbian confess their love to each other and neither die resonated with fans who were bitter at the time from seeing so many queer women killed on television.
“God, 2016, it feels like a long time ago, right? And yet it’s so fresh for all of us,” she says, remembering a year when 62 lesbian and bisexual women TV characters were killed. “I feel like I was very cognizant of that going into writing Wynonna Earp, because I had been writing for the community for a long time with Lost Girl and what have you. So I kind of understood that we couldn’t just blow away another lesbian. I just wasn’t going to ever write that type of show.”
Instead, she wrote the type of show where queer women get to be happy, and none of their angst comes from homophobia. That made all of the roles so much more relatable.
“I feel like the show started as one little thing, which was this crazy group of people running around the woods in Alberta, doing this crazy demon-hunting cowgirl show,” she says. “We weren’t sure anyone was going to get it. And then I would say that the fandom, The Earpers, have even become their own community now that I feel like we’re lucky to be a part of. They kind of created their own brand of kindness, of humor, of inclusivity”
That brand of kindness, humor and inclusivity, of family, became the center of the show and the community that sprung up around it. The final scene of the show was a nod to that family.
“I love that the last word of the series, potentially, is home,” Andras says. “And then I cannot watch the scene with all the mailboxes, ending on the sign that says ‘Everybody Welcome,’ because that’s what the love letter to the fandom should be, right? At the end of the day, whoever you are, whatever your gateway drug is to the show, whether it’s WayHaught or Wynonna or Jeremy or Doc or tentacle goo, you are welcome in this community. And the fans have always made us feel so welcome, and they really refueled my belief that kindness and love and humor can unite us all.”
She hopes that viewers take that lesson of building a loving family to heart. And that they learn that they can have a happy ending even if things aren’t exactly how you imagined them. “I think I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry at the very end (of the episode), when WayHaught is discussing how happy they are, just to be home with one another with their wife,” Andras says. “Any happiness and joy you can find is worth fighting for. Perfection is overrated. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to make you feel like living happily for the next day.”
Andras has never gotten as connected to a show as she has to Wynonna Earp. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a show with characters who live so close to me all of the time. Sometimes I dream about them,” she says. “Even as time goes on, I find myself getting more excited about, like, what are Waverly and Nicole doing right now? Where are Wynonna and Doc? How’s Jeremy doing taking control of BBD, is he still dating that cute caterer? I think that the world is really rich, and if there’s ever another opportunity to revisit these characters, I think that would be really beautiful.”
She’s still holding out hope that someone picks them up for season five, but also loves the idea of “a movie or something, just revisiting them in five or ten years.” While she’s not ready to spoil any of the WayHaught dreams she’s had, she will tell us one thing. “Wherever they are,” she says, “I know they have one another.”
This six story collection of girls on the edge, lesbians with an attitude and all around women who give no quarter and expect none includes:
Vengeance Is Mine A married woman in an illicit affair with another younger woman and a police detective who had made it her own personal mission to get rid of each and every morally corrupt person in her city, find themselves on a collision course that’s sure to end in a gruesome murder.
The Snake Tattoo Xavier, a married dentist comes home from work early and finds his wife in the arms of her lover. A woman!
Life Passing Before Your Eyes Audrey Simms learns firsthand the true meaning of the old adage about ‘Your life passing before your eyes.’ when you are about to face death.
The Intern Interlude Pam and Emma meet at a mountain lake resort, Pam is an intern at a local hospital and she falls for Emma the owner of the hottest bar in the resort area.
Princess Dreams Jenn idolizes Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn has moved on. In spite of that Jenn still dreams and fantasizes obsessively about one day reuniting with his Dream Princess.
She Called No One A closeted 18 year old, Erin Slater, had lusted after her oblivious friend Jessica for years. It takes a personal tragedy for Erin to catch her friends attention.
Assigned to a hot spot is some obscure country in the northern Balkan’s, Honey Barrett has completed her mission and is taking some leave time to recuperate and get a little R & R. While treating herself to an erotic massage, she is fallen under the spell of the expert skills of her massage therapist, Nina and is looking for a lot more time with the cute local girl.
When Nina has finished with Honey, she tells her client to soak a bit in their hot tub and she will be along to join her once she changes out of her work clothes. But somewhere along the way, Honey gets quicky to the hot tub okay, but Nina seems to take forever to join her and the spy starts to get alarmed.
However, just as she begins to check on the masseuse, the sexy girl climbs into the warm water right beside her. So glad she has finally arrived, Honey never thinks to asks what caused Nina’s delay. Rather the two start to frolic in the warm soothing water. It isn’t long and Honey soon realizes she should have asked Nina what took her so long.
Virginal eighteen year old Cinnamon, embarks on a journey that begins along the paths of a Renaissance Faire. There she meets a beautiful giant woman in a gold robe, offering her an exquisite ornate box. Her asking price, Cinnamon would learn later was much higher than she would ever imagine.
Eighteen year old Cinnamon arrives home from a Renaissance Faire with a beautiful jewel box, that she purchased at quite a discount. Surprisingly all the vendor asked was for Cinnamon to go behind a tent curtain with her. The price seemed reasonable and although Cinnamon passed out behind the curtain forgetting everything that happened, the tall lady had her box ready for her when she woke up.
Cinnamon learns once she get it home the box was not what it seemed. Gone from inside as the lush black velvet lining, and in its place was a whirling mist that confused the young girl. While she is watching the insides of the box transfixed, the beautiful giant woman in the gold robe emerges from the whirling mist.
The tall woman, who told the young girl to call her Cherry, reveals that she is in fact the embodiment of the girls virginity. The actual box is merely an illusion. The woman, Cherry is there to help Cinnamon to find her virginity, knowing its importance to her.
Cinnamon balks at the woman’s word, emphatically telling her that she needs no help in finding her virginity, because she has never lost it. Cherry, in a series of wild erotic demonstrations, shows the young girl that the possession of virginity is more metaphysical than physiological or biological. Over time, the odyssey becomes a search for the Holy Grail rather than virtue.