Mummolaakso - A Moominvalley for older lesbians and bisexual women
Mummolaakso (Granny valley) is a non-profit association that works to promote solidarity, social interaction and well-being especially among older lesbians and bisexual women in Finland. The name Mummolaakso is inspired by Muumilaakso (Moominvalley), the home of fantastical yet very human Moomin creatures invented by the Finnish author and lesbian icon Tove Jansson.
The organization is based in Helsinki but offers support to local initiatives nationwide. We cooperate with the Turku-based association Turun Seudun Mummolaakso and the Mummolaakso peer group operating in Tampere. Mummolaakso is a member of the national LGBTI rights organization SETA and the Feminist Association Unioni.
Meeting like-minded lezzies, staying active, and ageing with pride
Since its foundation in 1994 Mummolaakso has sought to make life more enjoyable for lesbians and bisexual women in all periods of life, including old age. We arrange regular dances, visits to cultural events, outdoor recreation, weekend trips, discussions, reading circles and other events. Although Mummolaakso caters to the tastes of middle-aged and older women, many of the activities are equally of interest to younger dykes and queers. All activities are run on a volunteer basis. Mummolaakso cooperates with SETA's work involving lgbtiq seniors.
We encourage visitors, new-Finns, foreign residents and others interested in the Helsinki lesbian scene to check out coming events on our calendar. Listed below are those where knowledge of Finnish language is not important, more things to do on the Finnish pages.
Angela Steidele: Gentleman Jack. Regency Landowner, seducer and secret diarist, Nov 29th 6pm
Goethe-Institut Finnland, Salomonkatu 5 B, 00100 Helsinki
Anne Lister (1791-1840) indulged in three passions: women, traveling and writing. She entrusted her adventurous life and relationships to her most extraordinary diaries, which are today registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Anne Lister shakes everything that we have learned from Jane Austen and the philosophers of German idealism about supposedly chaste and domestic women of the 19th century.
On their way to Russia, Anne Lister and her 'wife' Ann Walker also travelled in 1839 through Turku and Helsinki. Her first biographer, German author Angela Steidele, has also travelled with her partner in Anne and Ann's footsteps to Georgia, where Anne Lister lost her life in 1840.
As an introduction to the evening, Angela Steidele presents her earlier publications, giving an insight into queer German history. Steidele then tells the story of Anne Lister, and speaks with Virva Hepolampi about this world-famous lesbian and diarist, and about writing her biography.
Angela Steidele's books on Anne Lister, Gentleman Jack and Zeitreisen will be available for loan at Goethe-Institut's library from mid-October.
"A triumph of truth over phantasy" (The Guardian on Gentleman Jack by Angela Steidele)
Dr. Angela Steidele , b. 1968, explores and writes historical love stories. Her publications include:
- In Männerkleidern. Das verwegene Leben der Catharina Linck alias Anastasius Rosenstengel, hingerichtet 1721 (In Men's Clothes. The daring life of Catharina Linck aka Anastasius Rosenstengel, executed in 1721, 2004)
- Geschichte einer Liebe. Adele Schopenhauer und Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen (Story of a love. Adele Schopenhauer and Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen, 2010)
- Rosenstengel. Ein Manuskript aus dem Umfeld Ludwigs II. (Rosenstengel. A manuscript from the environment of Ludwig II, 2015).
- Anne Lister. An erotic biography (2017) makes up with Zeitreisen. Vier Frauen, zwei Jahrhunderte, ein Weg (Time travel. Four Women, Two Centuries, One Way, 2018) and Poetik der Biographie (Poetics of Biography, 2019) Angela Steidel's trilogy on biographical writing.
The event is organized by Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the Association Mummolaakso ry to celebrate the LGBTQ+ History Month
Members pay a reduced price in Mummolaakso events and get 4 times a year a Finnish-language newsletter by email or post, with the latest news and updates on activities. Annual membership fee is 30€ / 20€ (low income)/ 100€ (supporting membership).
You can become a member by paying the membership fee either to our bank account Ålandsbanken IBAN FI1666010001185982, BIC AABAFI22, or in cash or card payment at Mummolaakso events. Membership is approved by the board. If you use bank transfer, include your name and address to get the membership card and bulletins posted to you.
Who we are
Chair: Minna Hirvonen
Vice chair: Virva Hepolampi
Board members & vice members: Anitta, Anneli, Hannele, Liisa, Miia, Nina, Sanna, Teija, Tiina, and Ursula.