Lesbo: politična, kulturna in socialna revija.
Izhaja od leta 1997 in je nepridobitnega značaja.
Izšla je nova številka 15-16
(pomald - poletje 2002).
Pravkar izšel roman Jeanette Winterson "Pomaranče niso
edini sad"
, pred tiskom Lillian Faderman "Več kot ljubezen moških: Romantično prijateljstvo in ljubezen med ženskami od renesanse do sodobnosti".
Bibliografija literature in
gradiva z lezbično in gejevsko tematiko, ki se v slovenskem jeziku zbira od začetka 20. stoletja. Seznam materiala je v delu in stalnem dograjevanju.

LESBO 15/16
Id. 2002: KARNEVAL

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Translation: Nataša Velikonja, Elizabeta Žargi

Lesbo is a Slovene political, social and cultural non-profit making quarterly. Its founder and publisher is the lesbian group ŠKUC-LL. The editor-in-chief is Nataša Velikonja, the design editor is Barbara Predan.

Lesbo magazine aims at sharpening the critical and intellectual blades. It promotes politics, stories and views, arts and attitudes, practices and theories about the resistance and radical fights against homophobia and any other exclusive orientations. As such it participates in wider civil, political, social and cultural efforts aiming at breaking the massive walls of civil apathy, political ignorance, ideological terror and mind exploitation.

The 15-16th (spring-summer 2002) issue of Lesbo magazine is titled "CARNIVAL". The title refers to the revival of carnival practises of political and social rebellion: from the anti-globalistic manifestations all around the world, fighting economic or political injustices, to the gay and lesbian pride marches. Carnival breaks the monotony of public sphere on different representational levels - its main points are listed in Nataša Sukič's "Carnival body", an essay, which can be found in the cultural part of magazine. The 2nd homo march in Ljubljana is described in Nataša Velikonja's article at the rubric "The Scenes".

Another one of the central topics again deals with "Violence on the basis of sexual orientation" - this issue publishes the second part. If the last issue (Lesbo, No. 13-14/2001) gave some general information on political strategies to act against the homophobic violence, violence against gays and lesbians and between same-sex partners, some personal stories, forms of behaviour or language which can be understood as violence etc, this issue brings the political-artistic project of Henrik Olesen, "Homosexual Rights Around the World": it is an overview of the situation (mainly legal) of gays and lesbians in countries all around the world, from which the level of homophobic repression is obvious. The project, accompanied by casual photographs from everyday life, was done to raise general awareness of the violations homosexuals experienced on a daily basis.

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Focus on "Violence on the basis of sexual orientation", which should equip the readership with the consciousness and will to act against it, is spread throughout the magazine. In the political part Tatjana Greif, in an article "Dossier: The First 9 years - Bureau of Ombudsman of Republic of Slovenia", writes about the work of a Slovene ombudsman and the general concept of civil and human rights (with emphasis on gays and lesbians) and protection of them in context of the Republic of Slovenia. Political commentaries in the section "LLobby", which is designed to monitor state policy and general politics, are Suzana Tratnik's editorial, Urška Sterle's "Assimilation is not Emancipation" and Nataša Velikonja's "What did we want at first place?"; all three comment on the events, that were significant from January to June 2002: the selection of transvestite trio Sestre for the Eurovision song contest; Maja Wiess's film "The Guardian of the Frontier"; gay and lesbian Pride march in Ljubljana; and practises of solidarity among leftist, anarchist groups in Slovenia. The political part also contains interviews with the candidates in this year's autumn's Slovene presidental and local elections - with dr. Lev Kreft, Zmago Jelinčič, Barbara Brezigar and dr. Janez Drnovšek.

The foreign policy part consists of a report from this year's Pride march in Zagreb, written by Urška Sterle, and Kurt Krickler's essay "Combating discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity outside employment".

The second strongly emphasised part is a section "The East and the Homosexuality". It is an examination and insight into the conditions of gay and lesbian life in the states and societies, marked as countries of the ex-socialist block. This issue brings ex-Yugoslavia: the magazine brings an interview with dr. Vlasta Jalušič, researcher in the field of political theory and feminism; an article of Dean Vuletić, "Popular faggot: the discourse about homosexuality in the Croatian popular culture"; the research of Rijeka's lesbian group LORI about "Croatian media and homosexuality"; review of Slavenka Drakulić's book “As I am Nothing”; Wendy Bracewell's article "Women, matherhood and the contemporary Serbian nationalism"; and Dejan Nebrigić's "Personal/Political".

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The section "Out of Closet" brings forth three events which succeeded to break the walls of homophobic amnesia or successfully included anti-homophobic struggle in a wider social platform in the last six months of 2002. Their common characteristic is their access to crossing-over communities, breaking out of the gay and lesbian ghetto, but without veiling the homosexual context. The first ones are Sestre again, their election to the Eurovision song contest; the second is Suzana Tratnik's theatre play "My name is Damjan"; and the third is this year's Pride march in Ljubljana on the 6th of July.

The section "The School" brings Nataša Koražija's study "Prejudices: the means for keeping the domination alive", and Boris Pintar's essay "What can be expected from the intelligentia", that draws attention to the historical connection between sexual life of important rulers and politics; it emphasises that neither sexual matters nor sexual minorities are not unimportant. The third is a satire, psychological counsellor dr. Branimira Črešnjak-Cevc, giving some really interesting and useful advice for troubled and confused homosexual mind.

The cultural part of Lesbo magazine is composed of three interviews - with Maja Weiss, the director of the film "The Guardian of the Frontier"; with authors of the theatre play "My Name is Damjan" - the playwriter Suzana Tratnik, the director Alen Jelen and actress Neva Jana Flajs; and with three Berlin-based contemporary artists, Henrik Olesen, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Vanja Velikonja in her article "Why is the girl so sad?" writes about conceptions of gender and sexuality in the lyrics of Slovene and ex-Yugoslav rock and popular music. The new part of cultural section is rubric "The objects of lust", where Pauline describes sex toys and their usage.

This issue's portrait is dedicated to German actress Marlene Dietrich; Acija Alfirević walked through an exhibition that Berlin's Homo Museum prepared about her life. Special attention is given to the literary creativity: "The Literature" part publishes two new stories by Nataša Sukič. "Surpassing the Love of Men", the classic study of Lillian Faderman, will be published this year - Lesbo brings some excerpts from the book.

Lesbo ends with the section "The Scenes", where some points and segments of gay and lesbian social gatherings are described: this year's Ljubljana's homo carnival on the 6th of July is reviewed in Nataša Velikonja's previously mentioned article; and Andreja Gomišček in an essay "Time for curiosity" also gives some thoughts about it. Suzana Tratnik in "Summer in Metelkova" and Vesna Vravnik in "Partying" discuss the squat in Metelkova city, the lesbian club Monocle and possibilities for "going out" - to party. KamaSutra shortly comments on the success of transvestite trio Sestre, in an essay "The Anatomy of story of love". And finally - the section "Pornovision" brings Roman Kuhar's next episode of lesbian and gay history - the study "A guy that invented the word 'homosexuality'", about Karoly Maria Kertbeny.

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