I’ve been nominated for an LGBT+ award in The Hague!

I’ve been nominated for an LGBT+ award in The Hague!

I’m so happy I can finally share it with you! I’ve been nominated for the John Blankenstein Prijs 2019 with Meemoeder.com! This is an LGBT+ award in my city of The Hague. It’s such an honor, and I would like to thank everyone who has recommended me as a candidate. Below, I will explain what the award means, what the process is like, and what being nominated means to me. 

If you want to read the Dutch version of this blog post, you can find it here.

‘I’ve been nominated for an LGBT+ award in The Hague!’ I’m so happy I can finally share it with you! I’ve been nominated for the John Blankenstein Prijs 2019 with Meemoeder.com! This is an LGBT+ award in my city of The Hague. It’s such an honor, and I would like to thank everyone who has recommended me as a candidate. Here, I explain what the award means, what the process is like, and what being nominated means to me: http://bit.ly/JohnBlankenstein2019EN

What is this LGBT+ award called John Blankenstein Prijs 2019?

The Municipality of The Hague initiated the John Blankenstein Prijs in 2009. This annual LGBT+ emancipation award was created to highlight and stimulate initiatives that contribute to the LGBT+ emancipation. The award is named after the late referee John Blankenstein. The former referee openly came out and has done a lot for LGBT+ people in sports and society. That is why his sister Karin founded the John Blankenstein Foundation in 2008, which advocates acceptance of the LGBT+ community in sports.

With the annual granting of the John Blankenstein Prijs, the Municipality of The Hague marks the importance of opening up about LGBT+ issues and provides a platform for LGBT+ initiatives. Anyone who contributes to this is eligible for the award. COC Haaglanden is in charge of the organization of the award, which is the local chapter of our country’s biggest advocacy organization.

Ceremony John Blankenstein Prijs 2019

The ceremony is this Wednesday evening. Out of the twenty-two candidates, eleven candidates were nominated. I am one of those final eleven nominees. It is a great honor for me to be on this beautiful list of LGBT+ initiatives from The Hague.

The jury consists of Karin Blankenstein, Kasia Oberc, and Winston van Niel. From these eleven nominees, they have already selected a top three. This top three and the final winner will be announced by alderman Bert van Alphen during the ceremony. That’s pretty exciting!

The winner will receive an amount of €2,500 that should benefit the promotion of LGBT+ emancipation. Moreover, the winner can count on publicity for a whole year as an ambassador. I don’t dare to dream about what I could do with that prize money and publicity. That could really contribute to the quality and growth of my website and YouTube channel, which in turn would help in how I reach LGBT+ people worldwide. However, with ten other beautiful initiatives, there’s not a high probability 😉

Recognition with this LGBT+ award

It hasn’t been easy, especially last year, to keep Meemoeder.com’s website and YouTube channel running, to publish blogs in Dutch that are of use to (future) lesbian parents, and to publish blogs, vlogs, and interviews in English about queer representation in media. Maybe that’s why it feels so good that I get this recognition at the end of 2019. I feel supported by the people who nominated me as a candidate.

Not many people in The Hague know what I do. I mainly reach national and international LGBT+ people. That’s what makes this nomination so special to me; it’s an LGBT+ award in my own city. Whether I win or not, I want everyone to know how special it feels and how grateful I am!

Love,

Greetje den Holder

Holiday Help Desk: A Queer Christmas Short Film You Probably Don’t Know Exists

Holiday Help Desk: A Queer Christmas Short Film You Probably Don’t Know Exists

I know we are all very excited Season of Love is out. We can finally enjoy our first-ever queer Christmas movie. Last year, I did discover a queer Christmas short film with two women, but I found out too late to tell you about it. This holiday season, I do want you to know that there is a 15-minute short film called Holiday Help Desk. It’s cute, so if you need more after Season of Love, this might be fun.

‘Holiday Help Desk: A Queer Christmas Short Film You Probably Didn’t Know Existed’ I know we are all very excited Season of Love is out. We can finally enjoy our first-ever queer Christmas movie. Last year, I did discover a queer Christmas short film with two women, but I found out too late to tell you about it. This holiday season, I do want you to know that there is a 15-minute short film called Holiday Help Desk: http://bit.ly/HolidayHelpDesk

What is Holiday Help Desk about?

What is the story about? Lauren Windsor and Christina Wu both have to work on Christmas Eve. When Christina calls IT for help, she and Lauren hit it off over their mutual disappointment in dating and a love of movies. Christina finally gets off work and asks Lauren on a date, but Lauren still has to work. Is that the end? Nope…

Hillary Esquina, who wrote Passage, wrote the screenplay for this short film. It stars Shannon Leigh Reeve (whom you will also see in Passage), Rachel Lin, and Rich Sab. Chelese Belmont directed it.

Where can you watch Holiday Help Desk?

It was released on Christmas Eve 2018. This is why I found out too late and why you may have missed it too. Well, this year, it’s available for rent and purchase on more platforms, so it’s easier for you to watch.

It’s available for rent and purchase on Vimeo. If you buy the short film, you also get to watch the bloopers. If you’re like me, you’ll love those; people tripping and messing up what they are trying to say. Actors, they’re just like us! Who knew?

You can find Holiday Help Desk for rent and purchase on Amazon Prime too. I don’t know if the bloopers are available there too.

LesFlicks is a subscription-based platform from the UK. The subscription costs €5.37 per month or €53.80 per year. There is a 14-day free trial. On this platform, you can also watch The Date (which you can also watch on Amazon Prime and Tello) and other wlw series and films.

Tamara Duarte Discusses Wynonna Earp and Departure

Tamara Duarte Discusses Wynonna Earp and Departure

I was able to talk to Tamara Duarte for a few minutes at Shorty’s in Milan. Obviously, her role as Rosita in Wynonna Earp had us feeling all kinds of feelings. So, I dove into the response Earpers had to her character and a possible return of Rosita. Would she ever be invited to a WayHaught wedding? She also discusses her current project Departure. You can find the interview below.

‘Tamara Duarte Discusses Wynonna Earp and Departure’ I was able to talk to Tamara Duarte for a few minutes at Shorty’s in Milan. Obviously, her role as Rosita in Wynonna Earp had us feeling of kinds of feelings. So, I dove into the response Earpers had to her character and a possible return of Rosita. Would she ever be invited to a WayHaught wedding? She also discusses her current project Departure: http://bit.ly/TamaraDuarte

Tamara Duarte about fans at Shorty’s

Me: “Thank you so much for joining me.”

Tamara Duarte: “Sure.”

Me: “How is Shorty’s going so far?”

Tamara: “So good. Yeah, so much fun.”

Me: “What do people say most to you? What kind of feedback do you hear?”

Tamara: “Just lovely compliments. That I’m like, okay, any time I have a bad day, I should just have a recording in my pocket that I can listen back to. Everyone is so generous with their love, so it’s really good.”

When Tamara Duarte joined Wynonna Earp as Rosita Bustillos

Me: “That’s great. And how did people respond when you first joined the cast?”

Tamara: “I think people were pretty shaken up. They were like, who is this person? Yeah, who could she be? Everyone had their theories.

And I didn’t even know who I was. When I did my first episode, I didn’t know if I was just a regular human being or if I was a Revenant. Well, I did know I wasn’t just human because Rosita and Doc had a past relationship.

So, I was just trying to figure out what it was, but I didn’t know until I read that episode that I was a Revenant. I think the fans… Emily just threw a curveball, which was nice.”

Kissing one half of a very popular couple

Me: “Did the response change when you kissed one half of a very popular couple?”

Tamara: “Yes. Yes, of course. But I mean, I think it’s good to have a little bit of change in a series. It makes it interesting. Yeah, and I think it kind of emulates real life in a sense that… You know, when people are finding their way. They’re like: do I like this person? Do I not? No, this was a mistake? I think it’s a very human thing to do, and I think people can relate to that.”

Will Rosita come back to Purgatory?

Me: “You already talked a bit about it in the panel yesterday, but I really would like to have Rosita come back. I know you can’t say anything about it. The thing that I would like to see the most is the first meeting with Nicole. How do you think that would go?”

Tamara: “The first meeting with Nicole? Ooh. I don’t know. I don’t know. Well, I think we’ll have a drink. Talk it out. And yeah, we’ll be okay.”

Me: “In some weird way, do you think did Rosita can redeem herself to such an extent that she will get invited to a possible WayHaught wedding?”

Tamara: “I think that’s possible. Anything’s possible. I think anything is possible when you are part of Wynonna Earp. You can die and come back, and you can die again. So, if that can happen, anything can happen.”

Biopic

Me: “Would you like to answer a fan question?”

Tamara: “Sure.”

The fan question is from @TheSciFiBard. You can follow TheSciFiBard on Instagram and Twitter.

Me: “It is: if you could play any real-life figure in a biopic, who would you pick and why?”

Tamara: “Sofia Loren. I love how iconic and classy and talented she was, and bold. She’s like a bold woman for her time, so definitely Sophia Loren.”

Tamara Duarte discusses her role in Departure

Me: “Do you have any new projects that you can talk about?”

Tamara: “Yeah, I have Departure, which has already aired in the UK. It’s a UK-Canadian co-pro. So, I will be doing that; I have done that. It’s coming out January in Canada. And in London, it has already aired, so I’m really excited about it.

It stars Christopher Plummer and Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife. Lost Girl fans probably know Kris Holden-Ried. So, we had a hoot on set; it was lots of fun.

It is about a plane that kind of disappears in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The TSIB, which is the transportation board, investigates crashes, and what happened. And I play a scientist once again. A marine meteorologist.

So that’s going to be fun for everyone to see. Yeah, that’s what I have coming up, and possibly Wynonna.”

Me: “I see you have to go. Thank you so much!”

Read about Shorty’s Saturday here and Shorty’s Sunday here. You can find all the posts on Shorty’s here and all my LGBT+ movie reviews here.

Natalie Krill Discusses Wynonna Earp and Below Her Mouth

Natalie Krill Discusses Wynonna Earp and Below Her Mouth

I was able to talk to Natalie Krill for a few minutes at Shorty’s in Milan. Obviously, her role of Willa in Wynonna Earp had us feeling of kinds of feelings. A role people talk less about is Jasmine in Below Her Mouth. Even I felt some hesitation to go there. But I did, and here’s the result!

‘Natalie Krill Discusses Wynonna Earp and Below Her Mouth’ I was able to talk to Natalie Krill for a few minutes at Shorty’s in Milan. Obviously, her role of Willa in Wynonna Earp had us feeling of kinds of feelings. A role people talk less about is Jasmine in Below Her Mouth. Even I felt some hesitation to go there. But I did, and here’s the result: http://bit.ly/NatalieKrill

Natalie Krill at Shorty’s

Me: “Thank you so much for coming to talk to me. I really appreciate it. How is Shorty’s going so far?”

Natalie Krill: “It’s tons of fun.”

Me: “It’s your second Wynonna Earp con, right?”

Natalie: “Yeah, the second one, yeah.”

Me: “So, you feel overwhelmed?”

Natalie: “It’s not as overwhelming as the first one I had. I didn’t really know what to expect when I went to Earpercon. And it was like ‘Whoa!’ It was like a tidal wave. But now, I was a little bit more prepared.”

The response of Earpers seeing Willa

Me: “When you first joined the cast of Wynonna Earp, how did the Earpers respond?”

Natalie: “Well, because I was in season one… So, when my character came out on the show, everyone was super excited about it. Willa, you know, it was really exciting, but then they slowly start to hate her.”

Me: “Yeah, when I saw Willa kiss Bobo, I felt a little sick. How did they respond to you after they saw what Willa did?”

Natalie: “There was a lot of… You know, it’s funny because obviously, as Natalie, I’m a really nice person, but as Willa, I’m playing this evil… Well, you know, she has been through a lot and she thinks she’s doing the right thing. But unfortunately, she takes full advantage of her sisters. And Wynonna and Waverly were the, you know, the heart of the show. Yeah, obviously, the fans did not appreciate what I was doing.”

Response to her role in Below Her Mouth

Me: “It was tough to watch. So, you were also in Below Her Mouth.  It’s a super sexy movie. Do you notice that people come up and talk to you about it, or are they a bit hesitant?”

Natalie: “They’re actually more hesitant. I think they’re almost embarrassed because they’ve seen me like that. So, when they see me, they’re like kind of like [averts eyes embarrassed]. Like they don’t want to look but it’s like: I’m clothed; it’s okay.”

Me: I had exactly the same thing. I thought: should I ask? Because if you say: ‘Oh, I have seen your movie a few times,’ that sounds creepy. So, maybe that’s what fans experience as well.”

No rehearsals for Natalie Krill and Erika Linder

Me: “It is true, because I read it somewhere, that you and Erika did not rehearse any of the scenes before you shot it?”

Natalie: “No, we didn’t rehearse anything.”

Me: “Wow. So, what was that approach like?”

Natalie: “So, we didn’t rehearse anything, but we spent a lot of time together. The producers and the director were really concerned about the connection being there because that’s what the whole story is about.

That’s why Jasmine awakens and decides to be true to herself and her feelings that are deep-rooted. Because they have such a profound connection that it pulls her into her truth.

So, they were really concerned about us feeling that connection with each other. And luckily enough, I think that’s why they cast us both because in our screen test and our chemistry read, we just connected easily.”

Open

Me: “I can imagine that if you first meet each other and you know that you’re going to play these parts together that… You know, it’s not just best friends going on an adventure. It adds a layer. How do you have that first conversation?”

Natalie: “Well, I think something that helped is we’re both really open-minded. Obviously, when you’re preparing to do a role like that, you’re going to be a little bit scared, a little bit afraid of it. But we were both really open to it. So, there was that willingness to be open with each other and to connect. And then, also, it was kind of like a partnership. Like, we had each other’s back. Because when you’re naked and doing scenes like that, you’re very vulnerable. You don’t have your armor, so you’re totally exposed in every way. But it was comforting to know that we were together, so we had each other.”

Me: “Thank you so much for joining me. I know you have to get going. Thanks so much.”

You can get your copy of Below Her Mouth in various places, such as Microsoft.com and Amazon.

Read about Shorty’s Saturday here and Shorty’s Sunday here. You can find all the posts on Shorty’s here and all my LGBT+ movie reviews here.

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road

At Wynonna Earp con Shorty’s in Milan, I was able to ask Dominique Provost-Chalkley a few questions. She has two movies coming out soon, Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road, so we talked about them. Below, you will also find a video of the interview.

‘Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road’ At Shorty’s in Milan, I was able to ask Dominique Provost-Chalkley a few questions. She has two movies coming out soon, Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road, so we talked about them: http://bit.ly/DominiqueProvostChalkley

Shorty’s

Me: “Thanks so much for joining me. How is Shorty’s going?”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “It’s going well. I was like, Shorty’s? And then I realized that’s the name of the convention. [Laughs] It’s going really well, thank you.”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love

Me: “I wanted to talk to you about Season of Love because I’m receiving the press screener next month.”

Dominique: “Oh my God!”

Me: “Are you excited?”

Dominique: “Yeah, really excited.”

Me: “I’m really excited to see it. So, what can I expect? Is it an ensemble movie like Love Actually where the characters’ lives intersect at one point?”

Dominique: “Yes.”

Me: “I love those movies!”

Dominique: “Yeah, it should be fun. It was really nice to be part of something that’s just like, happy ending in many ways. Like, I always used to love watching romantic movies. It was something that I really enjoyed because sometimes you want to escape from the horrors of the world and just have a bit of fun.

And then on top of that, being the first-ever queer Christmas movie is really special and really exciting.”

Me: “Without giving away any spoilers, what are you excited about most for fans to see?”

Dominique: “Excited/nervous about, obviously, my song; my music is in there. It’s a big step. It’s exciting.”

Me: “I bet!”

Read my review of Season of Love here or watch the video below!

The set of Season of Love

Me: “I can imagine, because you’re obviously, you know, used to such a close cast as Wynonna Earp. How was it for you to go into a new set with new colleagues?”

Dominique: “It was good. I had taken a bit of a break previous to that. So, I had just come back from Brazil for five months. So, it was like first, you know, getting back into things and finding my feet. But it was such a nice set to be on. All of the women were so kind and generous. It was a very easy set to come back to you and have a good time.

But, I mean, I wasn’t… As is with moviemaking, often you’re not actually there for that long in comparison to something like Wynonna. We’re there for five months, and we have such a strong bond by the end of it. It really feels like we’ve been a huge journey, whereas, with a film, I may have only been there for a couple of weeks, no more. And only in and out, so it’s different, of course, but it was a very, very nice set to be a part of.”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on The Curse of Buckout Road

Me: “So, you’re in The Curse of Buckout Road too. You often meet with Earper fans, and we often say that we will support other projects of yours no matter what. I have noticed that quite a few of the cast members have decided to play in super scary movies. Has that been a joint decision to test our loyalty?”

Dominique: “Oh, really? Oh, you mean like…”

Me: “Ready or Not.”

Dominique: “Yeah, and also, Michael has a very scary movie coming out. No, absolutely not. And it’s weird that it’s timed like this. Like it was something that feels like an eternity ago. You know, I think it was either after season one or season two, I think it was even after season one that I filmed it.”

Me: “Wow.”

Dominique: “This feels like just such a, such a long time ago. But that’s, I guess, the way it happens sometimes. It comes back around to haunt you!” [Laughs]

Read about Shorty’s Saturday here and Shorty’s Sunday here. You can find all the posts on Shorty’s here and all my LGBT+ movie reviews here.

Season of Love Gives You All the Queer Holiday Feels

Season of Love Gives You All the Queer Holiday Feels

Season of Love is the first-ever lesbian/LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com. I was able to watch the press screener of this ground-breaking Christmas movie, so in this spoiler-free blog post, I can tell you all about this new movie and why you should watch it. Below, you can also find a review video, in which Dominique Provost-Chalkley talks about her role and music in Season of Love. Screenings and purchase/rent options can be found at the bottom.

‘Season of Love Gives You All the Queer Holiday Feels’ Season of Love is the first-ever lesbian/LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com. I was able to watch the press screener of this ground-breaking Christmas movie, so in this spoiler-free blog post, I can tell you all about this new movie and why you should watch it. In it, you will also find a video, in which Dominique Provost-Chalkley talks about her role and music in Season of Love: http://bit.ly/SeasonOfLoveMM

Season of Love is a queer holiday movie

In short, Season of Love is a queer holiday movie with an ensemble cast, romantic storylines, and general good feelings. If you are the first queer holiday movie with LGBT+ women, expectations are high. There is much pressure to do things right. What if this movie, the only holiday movie we now have, had sucked? That would have been terrible.

Well, I can tell you the movie is terrific. It delivers. Season of Love made me very happy. I watched it last night, and I still have good feelings. Sometimes I wondered if I was the only one loving this movie, but then I looked at my wife. She was all smiles throughout the entire movie. That confirmed my overall judgment of the movie: it is simply a good movie!

I even laughed out loud a few times, especially with some well-timed slow-motion moments. They are hilarious. The lesbian gaze gets what it wants.

Here’s my review + interview with Dominique about her role and music in Season of Love

Season of Love has picked the perfect cast

Season of Love has found the ideal cast. I can say that I hardly knew anyone before watching the movie and I loved looking at every single one of the actors. They did a great job. I also loved how diverse the cast was (can we have more deaf characters please?). I loved seeing some familiar faces in the background, and I loved seeing Lily Richards make an appearance or two.

Music

I know that one thing that people are looking for is the movie’s music. After all, Dom and Bonnie Ferrar have an original song in it. Look, I don’t know much about music, but my untrained ears loved it. The songs in this movie are definitely songs that I would like to listen to more often. Indeed, I’m ready to buy the soundtrack and can’t wait for an album by Dom. She truly has a fantastic voice.

Small room for improvement

The things that I think could have been done better are little things. For instance, I didn’t particularly appreciate how a camera was spinning around the room in an early scene.

Also, both holiday movies and movies with an ensemble cast often have little time to establish the background story. The filmmakers want to focus on the here and now, to build the holiday spirit. And when you have an ensemble cast, you need to have more than one background story. Season of Love starts with four days before Christmas, counts down, and then moves to New Year’s Eve. It wants to focus on the events happening in those days.

Consequently, I saw some starts of storylines that were easy. It would have been nicer had they been fleshed out more and made more believable. Nevertheless, we tend to forgive holiday movies more quickly because we mostly want something easy to watch and to feel all the holiday feels. And that is precisely what you get here.

Where can you watch Season of Love?

So, where can you watch Season of Love? The movie premieres in Los Angeles on November 21. It also has screenings in London, Nashville, New York, Toronto, and Seattle. If you cannot visit the screenings, you can pre-order the movie for $15. The film will be available for rent and purchase in early December. Enjoy!

Here are some other lesbian and LGBTQ+ movie/series tips: Becks, With A Kiss I Die, Anne+, Different for Girls, Freelancers Anonymous, The Date, Rafiki, Carmen & Lola, Good Kisser, and Passage.

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