Manuela Kay

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Manuela Kay
Manuela Kay PFF2013.jpg
Manuela Kay (2013
Born 1964 (1964)
Occupation writer
Nationality German

Manuela Kay (born 1964 in Berlin) is a German lesbian journalist, writer, film-maker, and magazine editor.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1][2][3][4] 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.[4] 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.[5] She has also been a co-organiser of the Berlin Porn Film Festival,[1][6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9][10] 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).[11][12]

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.[13][14] Since its launch in 2003, Kay has been editor-in-chief of the only nationwide German lesbian magazine, L.Mag.[2][14][15][16][17]



  • 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


  1. ^ a b "La moisson 2008 du Pornfilmfestival Berlin" (French) Têtu October 6, 2008, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Am Start: Manuela Kay", Neuzeitheldinnen: FrauenKunst- & Kulturprojekte, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Airport/Manuela Kay, Eventarchiv 2005 at, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  5. ^ "Teddy Award". Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sex ist Politik" (in German). Tagesspiegel. Retrieved March 13, 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ "Bruce Willis, lesbian?" People May 3, 1999, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  8. ^ "Now, now, remember your spirit" Beaver Country Times, People, February 11, 1999.
  9. ^ "Lesbian and Gay Festival Launched", Liverpool Daily Post October 22, 2004 at icLiverpool, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  10. ^ "Gay Film Festival a Success", Liverpool Daily Post January 11, 2005, at icLiverpool, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  11. ^ OCLC 550557746
  12. ^ Jay Weissberg, "Dead Gay Men and Living Lesbians" Review, Variety February 10, 2008, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "Szenemagazin "Siegessäule" wird 25" (in German). Tagesspiegel. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Silke Kettelhake, "Journalist/in: queere Schreibe" (interview with Manuela Kay, German), November 1, 2003, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  15. ^ "Porn Again". Art Forum. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  16. ^ 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 July 12, 2003, retrieved April 2, 2010.
  17. ^ "Lesben-Serie «L Word» ins Nachtprogramm verbannt" ("Lesbian Series 'L Word' Banished to Overnight Programming", German), Südkurier June 30, 2009, retrieved April 2, 2010.

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