SHOE LESBIAN SOCIAL NETWORK the story so far....
SHOE was founded by my girlfriend Sunci and me. It all started in June 1997 when we met over the Internet. It couldn't have happened any other way ;-)
At that time, the only Internet site which
existed in Switzerland was www.lesbian.ch.
The site went online in 1996 but for nearly a
year it was left empty. After seeing the fabulous movie Bound, Sunci
plucked up the courage to contact the local Internet Provider who then
hosted the site. Her idea was to gather all information about the lesbian
scene in Switzerland and publish it on that site.
I saw this message on a Sunday when I was
showing my friend Petra (thanks!!!) the Internet. It took me a further 3 days to
finally write to Sunci. I wrote in my email, that since I had spent most of my time in
London I didn't really know anything about the scene here either but
wouldn't it be great if we could check out the bars and clubs ourselves
and then write about it??? She was over the moon when she got my email and
we wrote each for two weeks every day, until we met for the very first time in real
life on 2 July 1997...
Soon people from all over Switzerland and
even some from Germany started to join the mailinglist. On our Florida/Jamaica
trip in November 1998, the decision was made, that SHOE should become
international. Hence the name SHOE INTERNATIONAL. It took us another few
months before it finally went online but we haven't looked back since.
Within the first year, it went from 600 visitors a month to over 80'000 and it
keeps on growing. We have SHOE's in over 140 countries and we've been
told that many wonderful friendships and even relationships have been
formed through the site. :-)