L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin

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L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin
Film poster
Directed byLauren Lazin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerIlene Chaiken
Running time90 minutes[1]
Original release
ReleaseAugust 8, 2014 (2014-08-08)

L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin is an 2014 American television documentary film directed by Lauren Lazin. Produced by Ilene Chaiken as part of The L Word franchise, it premiered on Showtime on August 8, 2014. The film follows the lives of various lesbians living in the Bible Belt of the United States.[1][2]

Filming lasted six to eight months in rural Mississippi.[3] Lazin described the film as "much more about the hardships gay women face because of the religion they are brought up with."[3]

L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin received positive reviews, with critics praising its "heartbreaking" depiction of the real-life homophobia faced by gay women in rural parts of the Southern United States.[4][5][6][7] It won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 2015.[8]


  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (May 28, 2014). "Showtime Orders 'L Word' Documentary From Ilene Chaiken". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Whitney, E. Oliver (August 14, 2014). "Ilene Chaiken Hopes New Documentary 'L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin' Helps Gay Women Feel Less Alone". HuffPost. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Bendix, Trish (August 8, 2014). ""L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin" highlights the hardships of being a lesbian in the South". AfterEllen. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Thomas, June (August 8, 2014). "L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, a Great Documentary With a Terrible Title". Slate. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  5. ^ Cheever, Michelle (September 19, 2014). "Op-ed: These Lesbians Will Break Your Heart". The Advocate. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Please Go Watch "The L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin"". Autostraddle. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  7. ^ Scholl, Annie L. (August 17, 2014). "Hating the Hate in Showtime's 'L Word Mississippi'". HuffPost. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  8. ^ Dreher, Arielle (June 17, 2015). "A Long, Long LGBT Road". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved August 1, 2021.