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Women of the world.

I first saw Helen Mirren in a TV rerun of the movie Age of Consent, which she filmed in Australia in 1969, the same year as the Stonewall riots. In her first major film role, she played the feisty, feral, and voluptuous muse of a reclusive artist who had set up his easel on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. I remember thinking that the casting folks possibly hoped Mirren would embody some type of Lolita-esque nymphette, but she brought a lot more to the role than expected. I still remember her standing naked in the water, holding a fishing spear and looking more like a feminist Neptune than a pinup.

It's incredible to think that almost 50 years later Helen Mirren is still going strong, grabbing top roles as powerful women--she is adept at playing women of status, whether high-ranking military personnel or royalty--and awards along with them. For a female performer, her career longevity is unique in Hollywood, possibly because she does not confine her talents to the film industry alone. She has always seemed thoroughly authentic, always herself, and yet true to whichever character she plays. She never quits, is always in demand, and she averages several notable roles every year, decade after decade.

We decided to put Helen Mirren on our cover this issue as a symbol of feminine fortitude and eternal inspiration at any age. After the results of the U.S. presidential election, we sure needed an example of an older woman who is universally admired and successful! Plus, Mirren recently gifted us her Prime Suspect protagonist, Jane Tennison, to include in the pantheon of characters we always thought (hoped!) might be gay.

This is our first issue for 2017, and it focuses on the theme of Our Generations. It's a tribute to older lesbians and to younger queer women who are furthering the causes of our community. It also hopes to strike an optimistic note. While 2016 did not deliver the desired political results to many LBT women and feminists, as noted by Victoria A. Brownworth in her Politics column, "History Deferred," we must continue to celebrate and support the women--especially the older women--who are still in the game. And also the younger queer women who are changing the game. Welcome, Curve guest writers Nicole Pacent and Jill Bennett, who share their unique perspectives this issue on spirituality and love.

Be sure to save the date for ClexaCon (March 3-5) in Las Vegas, the inaugural media and entertainment convention for LGBTQ women and allies: It will feature celesbian guests, speakers, panelists, workshops, reunions, special events, and a film festival--with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Trevor Project. This just might be one of the biggest multigenerational gatherings we've seen yet.

And since we come out in time for Valentine's Day, I'd like to send my community of feminists and queer women a Valentine's Day message: Let's always be "stronger together." It's a borrowed phrase that might now be lost, but it should not be forgotten.





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Title Annotation:EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Author:Johns, Merryn
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Feb 1, 2017
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