Mike Ackil – Teacher. He lives in New York. Ackil was On Out’s 3rd mike-ackilAnnual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Andrew Ahn – Korean-American independent filmmaker. He was born and raised in Los Andrew AhnAngeles. His short film “Dol” (“First Birthday”) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It won awards including the Grand Jury Award Outstanding Narrative Short Film at Outfits: Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012, and a Jury Award for Best Narrative Short Film at the Polari: Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival 2012. Ahn stated that he made the film to come out to his parents as gay.
Margarita Alcantara – She is a proud queer Filipino mestiza, and the margarita-alcantaraeditress and publisher of the zine, Bamboo Girl, which she founded in 1995 to explore her identity as a mixed blood Filipina as well as various issues such as sex and gender. She is a LGBT activist and is openly lesbian.
The Amazons 1 BC – They were believed to have been a nation of all-female warriors in Greek mythology and Classical antiquity. Notable queens of the Amazons are Penthesilea, who participated in the Trojan War, and her sister Hippolyte, whose magical girdle, given by her father Ares, was the object of one of the labors of Hercules. Amazon warriors were often depicted in battle with Greek warriors in classical art. The Amazons have become associated with many historical people throughout the Roman Empire period and Late Antiquity. In Roman historiography, there are various accounts of Amazon raids in Asia Minor. Amazons were said to have founded the cities and temples of Smyrna, Sinope, Cyme, Gryne, Ephesus, Pitania, Magnesia, Clete, Pygela, Latoreria and Amastris. According to legend they also invented the cavalry. In some versions of the myth, no men were permitted to have sexual encounters or reside in Amazon country; but once a year, in order to prevent their race from dying out, they visited the Gargareans (this was an all-male tribe), a neighboring tribe. The male children who were the results of these visits were either killed, sent back to their fathers or exposed in the wilderness to fend for themselves; the girls were kept and brought up by their mothers, and trained in agricultural pursuits, hunting, and the art of war. In other versions when the Amazons went to war they would not kill all the men. Some they would take as slaves, and once or twice a year they would have sex with their slaves.
Archeology is providing evidence that fierce women warriors actually existed. The killing of male children was probably a rumor spread by men to make them sound inhumane and irrational. Today’s lesbians didn’t just pop out of no where. The “man-hating” part, and the fact that they were always on the losing side of battles, were convenient things to say to scare uppity women who might be considering living a life independent of men. Who is to say that such tribes were not a band of lesbians or independent women who lived in their own villages where they felt protected from an otherwise hostile and misogynist world. The status of women in Ancient Greece was pretty low. Women were often sold to slavers, even by their families. The bible even allow for the selling of one’s daughters to get out of debt (Exodus 21:7).
Ben Barres – Born in 1955 in West Orange, New Jersye. Transgender pioneer. Born Barbara Barres, he transitioned to male in 1997, and became the first openly transgender scientist in the US National Academy of Sciences. Barres is a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University.
Christopher R. Barron – American political activist best known as the cofounder of GOProud, a gay Republican conservative group.
Ben Baur – Actor. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
1875-1950 – Mary “May” Bookstaver -She was a feminist, political activist, and editor. Lover of Gertrude Stein and Mabel Haynes.
Julia Boseman – American politician and a former Democratic member of the North Carolina Senate. First openly gay member of the North Carolina legislature. In 1992 she received a law degree from North Carolina Central University and has been a practicing attorney ever since. In her first Senate term (2005-06) she was ranked the 20th most effective senator (of 50), giving her the highest ranking ever for a first-term female senator and the second hight for a freshman.
Liz Brixius – Born in Excelsior, Minnesota. She is an American television writer and producer. In 2008, Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky, created the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Brixius left Nurse Jackie in 2012 after signing a two year development deal with Universal TV. Brixius is engaged to producer Allison Adler.
Michael Bronski – Gay American writer. Wrote A Queer History of the United States. Senior lecturer at Dartmouth College.
Victoria Brownworth – American journalist, writer and editor. She was the first AIDS columnist for SPIN magazine, the first lesbian columnist in a daily newspaper and the first journalist to write about women and AIDS and pediatric AIDS in the country.
Chris Tina Bruce – Male-to-female transgender bodybuilder, spokesperson and fitness talent. She is the founder of Be Bold Be Proud, which is a non-profit organization that seeks increased awareness and equality for transgender people. Bruce was featured on National Geographic Channel’s Taboo: Changing Gender. Bruce situates herself in the center of the gender spectrum, preferring to identify as not entirely male or female, a position that many people – including LGBT people – find difficult to understand.
Karen Burstein – American politician and former judge from New York.
Doug Burkman – Fashion designer and businessman. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Elizabeth “Beth” Bye – American politician. Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She is openly lesbian and married Conard High School teacher Tracey Wilson on November 12,2008. They were the first gay couple to be married in Connecticut. The couple live in West Hartford with their two children and two step-children.
Chris Cali – R & B/pop musician. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Heather Cassils – Transgender pioneer. Canadian performance artist, body builder and personal trainer.
Patrick S. Cheng – Chinese ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Church.
Sally J. Clark – She was an American politician and was a member of the Seattle City Council from January 2006 until she resigned on April 12, 2015. She has taken a job at the University of Washington. She is openly lesbian and married to Liz Ford. The couple reside in Seattle, Washington.
Bill Clegg – Author and literary agent. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Michael Clyne – Foreign policy analyst. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera – American politician. Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Robert Douglas Cook – He was the first openly gay candidate for political office in Canada, ran as a GATE (Gay Alliance Toward Equality) candidate in 1979.
Dr. Helen Sperry Cooksey (1947)- American surgeon. Married to Dr. Susan Love.
Brian Dorsey – Co-owner of Sellers Dorsey. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Walter Dundervill – Dancer and choreographer. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Amanda Leigh Dunn – American television personality on the third season of The Real L Word. She is also a business woman and philanthropist. Co-owner of the lesbian bar and restaurant The Dalloway in SOHO.
Dr. Robert H. Eichberg (1945) – He was a psychologist who co-founded National Coming Out Day along with Jean O’Leary in 1988. He also wrote the book Coming Out: An Act of Love. Eichberg dedicated his life on bridging the gap between gay and nongay communities, allowing people to discover who they are, and encouraging them to go out and do something with that knowledge. National Coming Out Day is observed on Oct. 11th.
Margo Frasier – Born in Austin, Texas. She is an American jurist and law-enforcement specialist. Frasier was the first female and first openly-gay sheriff of Travis County, Texas (1997-2005). After leaving the Sheriff’s office, she moved to Huntsville, Texas and served as a professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. In January 2011, she was named Austin Police Monitor. Frasier, her partner, and their daughter moved back to Austin in August 2008. She works as a consultant in her field.
Jiro Fukushima (1930) – Japanese writer and lover of Mishima (see 01-24-1925).
Rabbi Laura Geller (1950) – Born in Brookline, Massachusetts.. She is a supporter of LGBT rights and marriage equality. After Prop. 8 was struck down, she stated, “Now I can invoke the power vested in me by the State of California and declare them married in accordance with the laws of the State of California and our Jewish faith. Now we are so much closer to the truth of their experience: a gay or lesbian Jewish wedding, like a Jewish heterosexual wedding, is a Jewish wedding pure and simple.”
Gabriella Goliger – Canadian novelist and short story writer. She won the Journey Prize in 1997 for her short story Maladies of the Inner Ear, and has since published two books, Song of Ascent in 2001 and Girl Unwrapped in 2010. Goliger was born in Italy, and grew up in Montreal Quebec. She studies English literature at McGill University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She currently lives in Ottawa with her partner, Barbara Freemen, a Carleton University academic.
Emperor Ai of Han (27 BC – 1 BC) – was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty. He reigned from 7 BC to 1 BC. Famous for being the most emperor-ai-of-han effusive of ten homosexual emperors of the Han Dynasty. Historians characterized the relationship between Emperor Ai and Dong Xian as one between homosexual lovers and referred to their relationship as “the passion of the cut sleeve” after a story that one afternoon after falling asleep on the same bed, Emperor Ai cut off his sleeve rather than disturb the sleeping Dong Xian when he had to get out of bed.
Jane Heap (1883 – 1964) – Born in Topeka, Kansas. She was an American publisher and a significant figure in the development and promotion of modern literary works. She was lovers with Margaret Anderson and Djuna Barnes. Heap edited the literary magazine The Little Review, that was founded by Margaret Anderson.
Janet Mock – Transgender writer, speaker, and advocate. She is also a former staff editor of People magazine. Born in Hawaii, she is of African-American and Hawaiian ancestry. In 2012 she gave the Lavender Commencement keynote speech honoring LGBT students at the University of Souther California. She lives in New York City with her husband, photographer Aaron Tredwell. They were married on Oahu on November 5, 2015. She writes about her relationship with Tredwell in Redefining Realness.
Ifti Nasum (1946 – 07-22-2011) – Born in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was an openly gay Muslim Pakistani poet. At the age of twenty-one, he moved to the U.S. to escape persecution for his sexual orientation and to avoid an arranged marriage. Nasum became known for establishing Sangat, an organization to support LGBT south-Asian youths, and for publishing Narman, a poetry collection that was the first open expression of homosexual themes in the Urdu language. He also hosted a weekly radio show and wrote a weekly column for a Pakistani American newspaper advocating LGBT rights in South Asian and Muslim communities.
Ann Northrop (1948) is a journalist and gay activist. She is the current co-host of TV news program Gay USA. She came out when she was about 28 and working for Ms. magazine. In 1988 she became involved with ACT UP/New York. She was involved in demonstrations and was arrested about 24 times for civil disobedience.
Armen Ohanian (1887 – 1976) – Born in Shamakha, Russian Empire (now Azerbajan) She was an American dancer, actress, writer, and translator. Bisexual, she married twice. She had affairs with the painter Emile Bernard, writer and politician Maurice Barres, American writer Nathalie Barney, and American artist Romain Brooks.
Pine Leaf (died in 1854) – She was a bacheeltche (chief) and warrior of the Crow tribe. She was born to the Gros Ventres tribe and at the age of ten she was taken prisoner by a raiding party of Crows. A Crow warrior adopted her and raised her among his people. She earned praise for her horsemanship and marksmanship. When her father died, she became the leader of his lodge. Pine Leaf married four wives. In 1851, she became involved in the peace negotiations with other Upper Missouri tribes known as the Treaty of Fort Laramie and she successfully negotiated peace with the Gros Ventres, the tribe of her birth. After several years of peace, Pine Leaf was ambushed and killed by a Gros Ventres band. There were two other women chiefs names I found: Billiche Héeleelash (Among The Willows (1837 – 1910) and Akkukaahuush (Comes Toward The Near Bank) (1810 – 1880). Other than their names, I couldn’t find any other information.
Clara Smith (1894 – 02-02-1935) – Born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. She was an African American blues singer. She was billed as the “Queen of the Moaners.” In 1923 she settled in New York, appearing at cabarets and speakeasies. The same year she made her first successful gramophone recordings for Columbia Records. Smith took a fancy to Josephine Baker and insisted that the manager, Bob Russell, of the Booker T. Washington Theatre hire her. According to an associate of Russell’s, Baker was Smith’s “lady lover.” Smith also played a significant role in Baker’s career by introducing her to “black glamour.” Smith died of heart disease in 1935.
We’wha (1849 – 1896) – He was a Zuni Native American from New Mexico. He was a famous Lhamana, a traditional Zuni gender role, now what we described as mixed-gender or Two Spirit. Lhamana were men who lived in part as women, wearing a mixture of women’s and men’s clothing and doing a great deal of women’s work, as well as serving as mediators. We’wha is known historically mainly for the fact that she was a man but chose to live out his life as a woman. He/she was well respected in the tribe.
Mark Richard Zubro (1948) – Born in Racine, Wisconsin. He is an American gay mystery novelist. His novels feature gay themes. His longest running series features high school teacher Tom Mason, and Tom’s boyfriend, professional baseball player, Scott Carpenter. He won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men’s Mystery for his book A Simple Suburban Murder.
Harriet Sohmers Zwerling (1928) – American writer and artist’s model. She lived in Paris in the 1950s. She was bisexual and had a few love relationships with women, including Maria Irene Fornés from 1954 to 1957, and then Susan Sontag until 1958. She also appears in the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag, shown at the Tribeca film festival, April 2014.