Manuela Kay (2013
December 0, 1964|
Life and career
After finishing her studies, Kay worked as a journalist on various radio programmes. She made several videos on lesbian sexuality and pornography. In 1994 she and Silke Dunkhorst made the first German lesbian pornographic film, Airport, set at Tegel Airport and in the S & M club scene and depicting air stewardesses and leather dykes. An earlier collaborative video, Du Darfst (1992) and her Latex Hearts (1993) brought safe sex and morality for lesbians to the German-speaking screen for the first time. During the 1990s and until 2005 Kay worked for the Berlin International Film Festival and the Teddy Award, the official queer award at the Berlin International Film Festival. She has also been a co-organiser of the Berlin Porn Film Festival, and a curator at the Gay Museum in Berlin, where an exhibition she organised attracted attention by comparing Bruce Willis's behavior to that of lesbians. She frequently lectures at queer film festivals. In 2005 the woman-only world premiere of her "Making Lesbian Pornography" at the inaugural Liverpool Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was a sell-out. She appears as one of the lesbians whose experiences are contrasted with those of gay men such as Albrecht Becker in Rosa von Praunheim's 2008 documentary, Tote Schwule, Lebende Lesben (Dead Gay Men and Living Lesbians).
Kay has written two books of advice for lesbians (Schöner Kommen, 2000, now in its 4th edition, and Diese Liebe Nehm' Ich Mir, 2001) and co-written books about lesbianism and queer film, and is also the author of numerous articles on lesbian themes. From 1996 to 2005 she was editor-in-chief and the only lesbian at Siegessäule, a prominent gay magazine which she converted into a gay and lesbian magazine. Since its launch in 2003, Kay has been editor-in-chief of the only nationwide German lesbian magazine, L.Mag.
- Du Darfst (1992)
- Latex Hearts (1993)
- (with Silke Dunkhorst) Airport (1994)
- Schöner Kommen: Das Sexbuch für Lesben. Berlin: Querverlag, 2000, 4th ed. 2002. ISBN 3-89656-047-6
- Diese Liebe Nehm' Ich Mir: Der Lesben-Ratgeber. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 2001. ISBN 3-499-61180-5
- (with Axel Schock) Out im Kino!: Das Lesbisch-Schwule Filmlexikon. Berlin: Querverlag, 2003. ISBN 3-89656-090-5
- (with Kera Bolonik) The L-Word: Wilkommen in Unserer Welt. Berlin: Querverlag, 2006. ISBN 3-89656-131-6
- "La moisson 2008 du Pornfilmfestival Berlin" (French) Têtu 6 October 2008, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Am Start: Manuela Kay", Neuzeitheldinnen: FrauenKunst- & Kulturprojekte, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- According to 7° Festival de Cinema Gay e Lésbico de Lisboa, 12 a 27 de Setiembro de 2003 (Portuguese), the first lesbian pornographic film in any German-speaking country and a great success in most large German cities.
- Airport/Manuela Kay, Eventarchiv 2005 at Eventszene.at, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Teddy Award". www.teddyaward.tv. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- "Sex ist Politik" (in German). Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- "Bruce Willis, lesbian?" People 3 May 1999, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Now, now, remember your spirit" Beaver Country Times, People, 11 February 1999.
- "Lesbian and Gay Festival Launched", Liverpool Daily Post 22 October 2004 at icLiverpool, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Gay Film Festival a Success", Liverpool Daily Post 11 January 2005, at icLiverpool, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- OCLC 550557746
- Jay Weissberg, "Dead Gay Men and Living Lesbians" Review, Variety 10 February 2008, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Szenemagazin "Siegessäule" wird 25" (in German). Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- Silke Kettelhake, "Journalist/in: queere Schreibe" (interview with Manuela Kay, German), fluter.de 1 November 2003, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Porn Again". Art Forum. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
- Sharon Adler, Ein Magazin nicht nur für die Rucksack-Lesbe ("A Magazine not just for the Backpack Lesbian" - interview with Manuela Kay about L.Mag, German), Aviva-Berlin 12 July 2003, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- "Lesben-Serie «L Word» ins Nachtprogramm verbannt" ("Lesbian Series 'L Word' Banished to Overnight Programming", German), Südkurier 30 June 2009, retrieved 2 April 2010.
- L.Mag homepage
- Manuela Kay, "Ein Käfig voller Narben" ("A Cage Full of Scars" - article on LGBT film in Europe, German), Tageszeitung 4 March 2006
- Manuela Kay, "Unvermitteltes Poppen: Ein Pornofilm ist Kein Liebesfilm" ("Unmediated Screwing: A Porn Film is not a Love Film" - German), Tageszeitung 14 October 2006
- Manuela Kay in the German National Library catalogue
- Manuela Kay at IMDb