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What’s it like to appear in a lesbian documentary about femme invisibility? Karen Sabel Lewis shares her experience.


Karen Sabel Lewis


A friend called me and told me about [director] Jodi Savitz and her film Girl On Girl and asked me to come and meet her, along with a few other girls. It sounded like it was for a good cause so I decided to check it out. Once I got there, I knew all the other girls so I felt really comfortable. Jodi asked us a few questions on camera. A few days later she called me and asked me if I wanted to be part of it. She felt my story was important. At that time I had just broken up with my longterm girlfriend so it was my first time really getting to see what the scene was about. I was feeling kind of discouraged, however, because dating as a femme was difficult. I never really looked “gay” enough and felt like I wasn’t really taken seriously. So when I heard about Jodi’s film I immediately thought, Yes that’s me!

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel