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The L Word Strikes Back: Showtime Goes South In Latest Brand Revival, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin

The L Word Strikes Back: Showtime Goes South in Latest Brand Revival, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin

The L Word Strikes Back: Showtime Goes South in Latest Brand Revival, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin

After the cancellation of The Real L Word, Showtime's got a new take on a familiar title.

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Showtime just can't quit The L Word  — and we're definitely not complaining, especially since the idea alone of their newest endeavor already has us hooked.

The original L Word was fictional, The Real L World was a reality series, and now the brand is returning again with a90-minute documentary produced by L Word helmer Ilene Chaiken, Magical Elves, and directed by Lauren Laizen that details the lives and struggles of several southern lesbians. L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin will premiere on August 6at Outfest in Los Angeles, but don't worry if you can't make it out to L.A. The doc will air on Showtime, August 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

A press release details what's in store down south:

"What is life like for lesbians living outside more progressive metropolitan areas in America today where gay women endure hardships, bigotry, bullying, sexism and racism while trying to live among their predominantly straight neighbors? Chaiken and the Elves journey deep into Bible Belt towns like Laurel, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg to tell the stories of a dozen such women, including a newly out-and-proud former pastor banished from her church, but who later regains her self-esteem by launching a program to support her local LGBTQ community. A white mother would accept her daughter’s black lover, if only she were a man. A couple grapples with both infertility and female-to-male gender transitioning. And a former life-long lesbian struggles to “pray the gay away,” and hopes to do the same for her openly gay son.

"Against the backdrop of the burgeoning gender and marriage equality debate, L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin spotlights those loving, living, working, parenting and forcing change from within places where entrenched, conservative values have resisted the progress the LGBTQ community has worked hard to achieve elsewhere."

Hate the Sin is certainly an interesting and important take on a brand that usually carries some level of Hollywood glitz and comfort. The pitch alone promises more drama than we may even be prepared to handle, though of course that won't stop us from tuning in. It's a unique opporunity for a different kind of voice to be heard, and will undoubtedly spark many questions, discussions, and concerns for the state of southern equality.

Showtime is really rocking our LGBT world this year — the network also recently announced that to honor pride month, it will be airing the marathon runs of the entire series of Queer as Folk and The L Word  from June 2 through June 30. Now you can marathon your way through your favorite LGBT oldies before gearing up for an entirely new L Word experience!

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