Hate The Sin' Helps Gay Women Feel Less Alone

August 14, 2014 8:13 PM

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Hate The Sin' Helps Gay Women Feel Less Alone

It's no surprise that the women of Showtime's "The L Word" never exactly represented realistic lesbians. For one, there's no such thing as The Planet and no, not all uncommitted hairstylist lesbians look like Shane -- although we know the "she's such a Shane" stereotype will probably never go away. Even when Showtime and series creator Ilene Chaiken decided to do three seasons of the reality show "The Real L Word," they knew that it was only representing a small portion of the LGBTQ community. Now they've joined forces again to tell a very real-life and important story about the darker side of what it's like to be a lesbian in this country, specifically those living in the Bible Belt.

"L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin," a new documentary that premiered on Showtime last week, immediately sets itself apart from the "L Word" we know so well by establishing just how different life in the South is for gay women. The film, produced by Chaiken and directed by Lauren Lazin, follows the l...

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