‘L Word’ cast visits The White House for Lesbian Visibility Week

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The cast and creator of The L Word with Karine Jean-Pierre. Image: Youtube

No, Bette Porter is not headed to the White House, but the enduring impact of The L Word has been recognised by the US Press Secretary. 

Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig, and Jennifer Beals, along with creator Ilene Chaiken attended a press briefing for Lesbian Visibility Week.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the first out queer person to be Press Secretary, introduced the stars and creator.

“For so many people in our community The L Word’s impact cannot be understated,” she said.

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“Being able to see diverse narratives that reflect our lives is incredibly important. It is important that young people see characters on television and in books who they can relate to and whose life stories and identities inspire them to reach their highest potential.”

‘We’ve been fighting this fight for generations’

Chaiken said she was delighted that The L Word still lives on and speaks to a new generation, but added that “our struggles are far from over”.

“We face new threats against our community, from online harassment to legislative acts of violence to actual physical violence — astonishing, backward, mean-spirited attacks by groups and individuals who in trying to deny our humanity only diminish their own,” she said.

“We’ve been fighting this fight for generations, and we’ll never stand down.

“They may try to erase our stories from classrooms and libraries, but we’re here. We’re here today at the White House.”

Actress Leisha Hailey had a message for queer people who could be listening.

“To the librarian in Texas advocating to keep books with LGBTQIA themes on the shelves, we see you,” she said.

“To the LGBTQIA people leading their communities as rabbis, pastors, and ministers, we see you.

“To the LGBTQIA community in Missouri about to lose their gender-affirming care, we see you.

“To the LGBTQIA community affected by the Dobbs decision in Idaho, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Tennessee, we see you.

“And to the first openly LGBTQIA press secretary, we see you.

“Visibility starts in our homes and our communities. And even if it feels like you’re under attack, know that we see you.”

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