Nashville will be one of more than three dozen nationwide sites for premier events for the fourth season of THE L WORD, as part of partnership between The Human Rights Campaign and Showtime Networks Inc.

The special showing of the season premier will be held locally at Tribe at Noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7. Doors open at 11 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 and a brunch buffet will be available for the first showing. You must be 18 years or older to attend and everyone who attends  will receive a DVD of the next (second) episode of THE L WORD.

THE L WORD is a groundbreaking series showcasing a group of women in Los Angeles, their lives, careers and relationships. 

The Human Rights Campaign and Showtime Networks have partnered together for all four seasons of the show by hosting events with complimentary admission in cities across the country. At these events, suggested donations are collected which go towards the work of the Human Rights Campaign to promote equality and fairness for all Americans. This year, 38 communities will be hosting events the week of the premiere.

“For four years, our partnership with Showtime has allowed thousands of members of our community to gather together in the name of great entertainment and equality,” said Human Rights Campaign Vice President of Development Cathy Nelson. “Last year alone, we had nearly 17,000 HRC supporters and L WORD fans come out to celebrate the premiere of another season of this truly groundbreaking series. These gatherings allow a primarily female audience to celebrate living their lives openly and honestly. We are proud to again be co-hosting these events with Showtime, who has shown through the support of this show a commitment to telling our story.”

“The L Word endeavors to tell the stories of the lives of these characters in a way that reflects the diversity of the LGBT community,” said Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of THE L WORD. “Like the Human Rights Campaign, we are committed to celebrating the breadth and scope of our community and speaking out about equality and fairness for all people. Through our partnership with HRC, we continue to reach out to the LGBT community across the country in celebration our lives.”

The following talent from THE L WORD will be making special appearances at a few premieres across the country. Currently, the list and premieres include: Washington, DC — Pam Grier; Atlanta — Ilene Chaiken and Daniela Sea; New York City — Ilene Chaiken and Marlee Matlin; Los Angeles — Cybill Shepherd, Kate Moennig and Rose Rollins.

This year, Showtime has announced a special “free membership offer” for customers who sign up for a subscription of Showtime. In exchange for their subscription, Showtime will pay for a one-year membership for new members to the Human Rights Campaign. To learn more about how to take advantage of this offer, please visit:

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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