Actress Jennifer Beals set many a lesbian heart a-flutter during her six years playing the role of Bette Porter on Showtime’s lesbian drama “The L Word.”
The series ended last year, but Beals is putting the power of the show’s appeal to its fans — not to mention her appeal to the fans — to raise some money for the causes she cares about. One of those causes is The Matthew Shepard Foundation, dedicated to erasing anti-LGBT hatred.
This is from a letter from Beals explaining her book:
“Years ago, I started a tradition of making of making a photo book, to give as a gift to the cast and crew, after completing projects that were near and dear to my heart. As I started working on my cast-and-crew present for The L Word, I realized this wouldn’t be like the others. The L Word was about the power of storytelling. And it was particularly unique because there were two streams of stories being told. Clearly we were telling your stories, but in some way we were telling our stories — the story of a group of colleagues who became friends while endeavoring to make something worthwhile. Somewhere along the line there was a kind of convergence. Somewhere underneath the plotlines of The L Word ran our own stories of friendship and struggle. These photographs evoke the various bonds and battles we as a cast endured.
“The L Word as a series was, at its core, about community and that played out behind the scenes as the cast formed its own community. But the series also was about all of you who made our collective journey possible. That is why I wanted to make the book available to fans of the show.”
Proceeds will also benefit Mia Kershner’s I Live Here Project which is a project of Operation USA, and The Pablove Foundation, which helps children with cancer.
So if you want to keep the ‘L Word’ experience alive and donate to some great causes, go here to buy a copy of “The L Word Book.”