Welcome in 2015!
Look at this - three years later and we're all still here! :)
And just in time for the new year, we have a few words and a letter sparkling with inspiration for you!
Willkommen in 2015!
Na schaut euch das an - drei Jahre später und wir sind immer noch alle hier! :)
Und pünktlich zum neuen Jahr gibt es ein paar Worte und einen Brief voller Inspiration für euch!
Everyone Does Their Part
2014. "No game, no sport, and no science either!", as well as "What's your damn problem with me?" - "That's my problem with you!" made it on the top of your Quote-Charts, a few of you got lost in Rocky's Timewarp or followed the sweet sound of Amazing Grace, we finished our translator- and subtitle-duties, and at last all of us enjoyed the golden tradition of the Advent Calendar.
So: no Hahe = no Jemma? Don't be silly!
After all Jemma is everywhere and everyone can do it - or at least that's how we think the following letter can be interpreted, which we received in our mailbox not long ago - you know that thing called mail? Once in a while you get mail, and then things happen that just happen ... and then ... - you will see :)
So I just opened the Advent Calendar and have to say that you astonish me time and time again…not many people do! ;-) You're
giving away the bracelets just like that? Why? (I'm completely amazed right now that people give away things just like that!)
Of course I would love to get a bracelet, too, but I'm really writing this email out of astonishment and because I'm feeling the need to give feedback.
I followed HaHe from the time Lucy came on (yes, musical fan ;) ) and from that moment on this show had a major impact on
me. Or more like Jemma had a major impact on me. When I realized that Jenny was gay I was totally confused at first. I had never been confronted with the topic of homosexuality before and so my
first thought was: "Oh god! But she doesn't look like a lesbian!" Let me note that I was 12 years old at that time.
Well… but that was only the beginning of the two of them. And the more trials and tribulations they went through, the more I liked seeing the two of them together - and suddenly I was a Jemma fan. This led me to look into the formerly unknown subject of homosexuality. At the beginning it was easy - before I knew Jemma I wasn't really aware of gay people, now I knew that that they were normal people and that homosexuality was just one of the permutations of love. But while it now was completely normal for me and I didn't associate it with words like "abnormal", my classmates saw it exactly the other way around. And so I regularly began fighting with them in class about whether or not gay people should have the same marriage rights etc. as straight people. But what made me unpopular with many served a good cause: discussions in our Politics class suddenly confronted everyone with the topic. And so, the issue got suddenly broached in Biology, it got debated in German class... And all teachers told the students that homosexuality was something completely normal. And that in a Christian school!
So while I was educating my friends, I got educated by the show, but also very much by your website. Because at some
point I did start wondering if I might possibly be gay myself. What puzzled me was that I didn't really have an answer to this question, but that wasn't really that important to me. Because JemmaInternational and all the other blogs that I encountered thanks to you, were always
whispering in my ear: no matter if you're gay or not - love will always be something beautiful. No matter if you're a woman who loves a woman or a man. However it will turn out - you're not
alone. I've never found my way to join message boards or similar sites, because it just wasn't that
important. And I still can't say today whether I'm really gay, bi or whatever. But I do know that there's a bunch of nice people out there who are, or have been, on a similar journey. People
who, even though the show that started it all for me was cancelled years ago, continue to spend their time creating an Advent Calendar for people like me.
And for that I want to thank all of you. Because you give (I believe not just) me the strength, joy and motivation to stay Jemma. Thanks to you, Emma and Jenny won't be forgotten and thanks to you, more people will be feeling encouraged on their journey. And that's really, truly wonderful!
Thank you so much for all your work.
It's not in vain.
With kind regards,
Thanks again for your lovely Mail, Clara, for the part you are doing in this world, and thanks again for allowing us to publish your words here!
We are positive that everyone can do Good. It doesn't have to be an outing-on-the-books, a charity concert in leather, or a strike with musical number. But everyone has the chance to affect somebody - to move something - in their world, and we are glad if we could do that and proud if something wonderful like with Clara came out of it :)
We wish all of you a happy new year and we love to be (and have been) a part of your life!
And at last, like always, Stay Jemma!
Your JI.org Team
Jeder tut seinen Teil
2014. „Kein Spiel, kein Sport und auch keine Wissenschaft“, so wie „Was ist verdammt noch mal dein Problem mit mir?“ - „Das ist mein Problem mit dir!“ haben es an die Spitze eurer Zitatecharts geschafft. Der ein oder andere hat sich bei der Rocky Horror Show im Timewarp fangen lassen oder wurde bereits vom sweeten Sound von Amazing Grace berieselt. Wir haben unsere Übersetzer- und Untertiteltätigkeiten abgeschlossen, und zuletzt haben wir uns alle über das goldene Finale des Jahres in Form der Adventskalendertradition gefreut.
Also: kein Hahe = kein Jemma? So ein Quatsch!
Jemma ist doch überall und das kann auch jeder! Nach diesem Motto, so denken wir, kann die folgende Nachricht gedeutet werden, die wir vor kurzem in unserem Briefkasten erhalten haben. Ihr wisst schon, Post halt. Manchmal da kriegt man halt Post, und dann passieren Sachen, die passieren einfach ... und dann … - ihr werdet sehen... :)
Vielen Dank für all Eure Arbeit.
Nochmals danke für die liebe Mail, Clara! Für deinen Teil, den du in dieser Welt tust, und dafür, dass wir deine Worte hier veröffentlichen durften!
Wir sind fest in dem Glauben, dass jeder etwas Gutes tun kann. Das muss kein Bücherouting, kein Benefizkonzert, und auch kein Bunter- (wegen Alliteration und so ;D ) Streik sein. Aber jeder hat die Möglichkeit etwas in seiner Welt zu bewirken. Und wir sind mächtig froh darüber, wenn wir das tun konnten. Und wir sind stolz, wenn dabei etwas Tolles wie bei Clara rauskommt :)
Wir wünschen euch allen ein frohes Neues Jahr und freuen uns, ein Teil eures Leben (gewesen) zu sein!
Und zuletzt, wie immer, bleibt Jemma!
Euer JI.org Team