Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010

Velvetpark’s year end round up of the most significant queer women of 2010 had our editors researching and wracking our brains for the last month. In selecting the Official Top 25 we decided to hone our criteria down to women who made a significant contribution to lesbian/dyke/trans/queer visibility in the areas of arts, culture and activism, or who made a critical impact on our social equality—this year. We also decided not to include any celebrities, even though we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have used their visibility to advance our equal rights. Instead we chose to honor the unsung heroes or individuals who came out of nowhere and gained national attention in the name of queer causes. As with last year’s list, our numbering is not meant to suggest a ranking system; each of the contributions made by our honorees has enriched our lives and our community.

1. Braveheart - Kasha Jacqueline, Ugandan Lesbian Activist, Founder of FARUG

Kasha Jacqueline is a self-proclaimed feminist, lesbian and Ugandan, words that could get her life imprisonment or even killed in her own country. In the face of Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill (supported and inspired by right-wing United States Congressmen), now pending in the Ugandan Parliament, Kasha Jacqueline founded “Freedom and Roam Uganda” (FARUG), the only local organization fully dedicated to LBTI rights. FARUG strives for the attainment of full equal rights and the eradication of all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation. This year Jacqueline was invited to speak at the 2010 Oslo Freedom Forum. The OFF brings together world leaders, heads of state, and Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

Jacqueline has begun telling her stories as an out lesbian in Uganda and finding like minded Ugandans who have organized to fight anti-queer violence, including pro-equality ministers and churches. Jacqueline faces an arduous struggle but remains one of the very few voices at the core of this humanitarian crisis in Uganda being heard by the international community.

2. Public Advocate, First-Class - Katie Miller, DADT Activist

Blogging anonymously for Velvetpark under the name “Private Second Class Citizen,” Katie Miller wrote: “After months of careful reevaluation and ceaseless retrospection, I am ready to take the next step. I plan on publicly disclosing my sexual orientation while still a member of the United States Corps of Cadets.” Cut to appearances on The Rachel Maddow Show, a profile in The New York Times and even escorting Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of Miller’s public resignation from West Point Military Academy over DADT, Rachel Maddow called Katie “[one of] the reasons why [DADT] is being repealed.” This year, Katie’s bravery inspired us all. In a public panel following the final Senate vote to repeal DADT, she said she was “elated” and “exceedingly proud that our Congresspeople could do what was right.” We couldn’t be more proud to call Katie Miller one of Velvetpark’s own.

3. The Furies - Tobi Hill-Meyer, Fay Onyx, and Ronan Joy, Media Makers



Comments [30]

Robin Rigby's picture

Thanks ladies for taking the

Thanks ladies for taking the time to put together this great list.

gk's picture

Great Job

Great job in narrowing the list down to 25! Egads. How?!!! What I love about the list is it introduces me to people that haven't been on my radar and recognizes others I admire and have been inspired by. BTW.. the editors and writers here consistently make my list. Well done!

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These things, I warmly wish for you-
Someone to love, some work to do,
A bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer.
And a guardian angel always near!

Thanks for always pushing my buttons!!! 

XO

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Umm...

Is that wild boar you're wearing? Because while we love to think about you being a wild thang, you're definitely not boorish.  Puzzled

Lake's picture

LOL!!!

It's a Razorback, baby!!!!!  

Supporting the roomie a bit!!! Wink

 

 

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Did they by any chance

beat Mississippi with a score of 430? 

Tex's picture

Not 430..

but the Razorbacks did beat Ole Miss 38 - 24 this year! My hogs are playing Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan 4th. Got the roomie hog shirts so she can represent.

Speaking of the Sugar Bowl (in New Orleans)....saw my first naked woman in a joint on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. We were there for a Razorback Sugar Bowl game...walking on Bourbon Street. The joints would keep their doors open to give you a peek of the goings on inside. Have mercy, those images are vividly implanted in my brain. Also....learned what pasties are.....

http://www.electriqueboutique.com/shop/searchresults.asp?searchtxt=pasti...

Twitter Time @kdhales

Robin Rigby's picture

How did you know? That's the

How did you know? That's the site where I got mine!

http://www.electriqueboutique.com/womens-shoes/Sequin-Hot-Stuff-Flame-Pa...

Conlite's picture

Tee hee! For a second or two

Tee hee!

For a second or two I thought you meant Cornish Pasties:

http://www.blagger.co.uk/recipes/cornish-pasty-recipe/

Not2Taem's picture

Sharing the laugh

In a tiny little village in the UP, I was pleasantly surprised to see a sign for Excellent Pasties. Not quite the mouth watering experience I was expecting, but it did broaden my culinary horizons. 

Tex's picture

C-Lite, such scrumptious description...

"If you can knock up a shortcrust pastry you’re half way there, end even if you can’t, you can always buy that part (although it would rub against the self-sufficiency ethos)."

I couldn't have said it better myself! 

Wink

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Hogs on a skirt?

Doesn't seem right. Couldn't you just get her a Harley?

You don't really expect us to believe you had never seen a naked woman before, now do you?

Tex's picture

yep....

I was in junior high....extremely impressionable youth. Amazing how those randomnesses can change your life forever! Now that I think about it, that WAS IT! Those were my defining moments! Seeing naked women on Bourbon Street made me gay! hehehehe

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

I didn't realize you were giving

a herstory lesson.  Wink

Lake's picture

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH NICE!!!!

So many colors to choose from......not really sure I want to cover my nipples.....Wink

Lake

Not2Taem's picture

Oh, shirts!

Still a bit raw for your sparkling beauty, but it makes a lot more sense than hog skirts.

I vote for the bare nipples, just for the sake of preserving your natural beauty.   Innocent

Not2Taem's picture

A lovely tradition

This is a nice eclectic group of folks representing the varying strengths of our community. I can always depend on your pooled perspectives to introduce someone I should be aware of.

And Tex, you're not alone on the revelation of like button.  Shy

SMBrown's picture

Oh good lord, I'm embarrassed

Oh good lord, I'm embarrassed to say I just spent about half an hour looking for that damn button--is it new?  Now I'm off to actually READ the thing....   Smile

Not2Taem's picture

A subtle bit of design, that

A subtle bit of design, that one.

Tex's picture

That does make me feel somewhat better,

Ms 430! xoxox

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

???

I googled it. I Yahooed the search. I put an info request to friends. Ms 430? A highway in Mississippi?

Tex's picture

Tae! Tae! Tae!

Your 'like' was # 430! I was right under you at 429....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Now I feel simple.

Must be age catching up with me. Cum rejuvenate me.  Wink

Tex's picture

Rejuvenation complete...

open the 'not 430' link above!

Twitter Time @kdhales

Not2Taem's picture

Ahh!

My mind feels much better. Did you order the flags or the flames?

Tex's picture

Oh good lord!

I just found the "like" button!

This is one Vp tradition I'm going to look forward to. It's amazing how you can use these people as a hub and go out to so many other topics. It's going to take me a while to read and research....big thanks for the mentioning of Sarah East Johnson, creator of LAVA. I've read about the performers, but have never really focused on Sarah.

And, is Barbara Hammer single? Smile Or does she need an 'assistant'?

Kudos to the 25 - all creative leaders in their chosen endeavors. All are much appreciated for keeping the gay fires burning.

Thanks also to the 2010 Vp editors for your perseverance in the sharing of yourselves and your passionate intellects. I will always be thankful and amazed at your patience in doing your part to create a better and more knowledgeable, involved us. I have never known another group of lesbians that systematically fire my passions....

Twitter Time @kdhales

desireunbound's picture

Keep eye on for 2011

Ivan E. Coyote - Author, Activist, Erika Lopez - Author, Illustrator

Thanks!

 

Grace Moon's picture

Thank you dub, Ivan was

Thank you dub, Ivan was actually in our editors pool of brain storming recomendations. will keep an eye on both for next year. xo

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minniesota's picture

Well done

I learned a lot from reading about the honorees on your 2010 list and I find it heartening to learn about these accomplishments.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Grace Moon's picture

Thank you to the 424 people

Thank you to the 424 people who 'like' this post, and also to the 2000 ppl who have read it so far. Logging in and sharing your thoughts on our list would be awesome too.

Who do you feel we should keep an eye on for 2011?

And did you think we overlooked anyone this year?

Please share your thoughts here!

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