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The National Lesbian Treasures of New Zealand

The National Lesbian Treasures of New Zealand


The Toronto Star profiles the Topp sisters, singing, comedic lesbian twins in their 50s who may just take the world by storm.

Lynda and Jools Topp, who have a hit comedy show in New Zealand, have been known around Kiwi for years as talented, funny, and folksy performers. But a 2006 documentary on their relationship, their push for gay rights, and Jools's cancer battle is making them more well-known; The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls screens this weekend in Toronto as part of that city's gay film festival.

"It's so subversive when you think about it," singer Billy Bragg says in the film of the women's appeal. "Of all the forms, to choose county and western [music] is the most redneck, the most gender-specific of all popular culture. To use that as a way of pushing forward gay rights, it's so subversive."

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