These Lesbian Lovers Will Live On After Guiding Light Dies


The gays have taken over the soap operas, but how meaningful is that when the entire soap opera genre appears to be on the way out? Pretty meaningful, when Guiding Light, the soap produced for more than half a century by conservative consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble, is about to head off into the ether without ever giving its lesbian characters a chance for “a single romantic kiss.”

But the kissing will happen. In the afterlife.

Guiding Light‘s afterlife. An unofficial series spin-off (the characters’ names will change, since P&G owns them) will live on, online.

On the soap, Crystal Chappell plays Olivia Spencer, a mom who fell in love with Jessica Leccia’s Natalia Rivera; together they are “Otalia” to fans. But that relationship is, in reality, over: the show stopped taping two weeks ago, and the last episode airs Sept. 18. And while Chappell has found a new gig on Days of Our Lives, she’s just as upset with fans that P&G and CBS never let her character kiss her lover on air.

So she’ll do it on the web. In the upcoming series Venice, Chappell will play “a single, gay career woman, and follow other fictional inhabitants of Venice Beach, in Los Angeles,” reports the Times. “Her leading lady on Guiding Light, Ms. Leccia, has agreed to join the cast without pay.” (Actually, nobody is getting a salary. Yet.)

And if that’s not good enough for you? Chappell assures: “In the first 30 seconds you see these two women kiss.”


(Actually, while the Times says the characters never got a chance to kiss, this Soap Opera Digest article reveals otherwise. Or are we splitting hairs over “kissing” and “romantic kissing”?)

We could have an entire conversation about new media v. old media, or webtrepreneurs creating content v. corporations manufacturing content. But plainly, we’re just thrilled to see an actress so enthralled with her lesbian storyline, and motivated by fan support, that she’s up for carrying it on.

Now, how many seconds into Venice will be needed for a girl-on-girl, stripping down, making their way to the bed, covers askew, camera pans to the right, fade to black scene?

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  • AlwaysGay

    When something is in decline then heterosexuals decide to let gay people have an opportunity. Anyway, tv is moving to the web so this is a good start.

  • roxyforotalia

    I can not wait for Venice. It is sad to Guiding light end. But we have Venice. Crystal Chappell and Jessica leccia are the absalute best.

  • Audra

    Saying that Otalia has never gotten a kiss is not splitting hairs at all. They have never shared a mutual kiss. The kiss in that picture took place way back before they admitted their feelings for each other. Olivia grabs Natalia and kisses her to make a point, but Natlia pushes her away and yells at her. The fact that they allowed that kind of kiss but not an actual kiss just makes the exploitation/double standard of the storyline more egregious.

  • Caroline

    I’ve never watch a soap in my life but Otalia and Guiding Light have changed that. I adore Jessica Leccia and Crystal Chappell and cannot wait for Venice; I will watch and support it 100%

  • carolo

    Turning a show that’s been going on for 75 years over to lesbo’s is disgusting. No wonder the show has gone down the toilet.

  • tammy

    Oh, Queerty. I’m disappointed that you haven’t bothered following up on the progress of Venice since this article. What a shame.

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