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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Ben Baur – Actor. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Bill Clegg – Author and literary agent. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Brian Dorsey – Co-owner of Sellers Dorsey. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera – American politician. Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
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.
Chris Cali – R & B/pop musician. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Christopher R. Barron – American political activist best known as the cofounder of GOProud, a gay Republican conservative group.
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.
Doug Burkman – Fashion designer and businessman. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Edith Ellis (1861) – Born in Manchester, England. She was an English writer and women’s rights activist. She married sexologist Havelock Elis in November 1891. From the beginning, their marriage was unconventional. She was openly lesbian and at the end of the honeymoon, Havelock moved back to his bachelor quarters. She had several affairs with women, which her husband was aware of. Havelock’s autobiography, My Life (1939) focuses on their open marriage. During the late 1800’s, Edith began a relationship with Lily, an artist from Ireland. When Lily died in 1903 from Bright’s Disease, Edith was devastated. In March of 1916, Edith had a nervous breakdown and that September, she died of diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heather Cassils – Transgender pioneer. Canadian performance artist, body builder and personal trainer.
Dr. Helen Sperry Cooksey (1947)- American surgeon. Married to Dr. Susan Love.
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.
Irshad Manji (1968) – NY Univ. director of “Moral Courage Project”. Born in Kampala, Uganda, the family moved to Canada when she was 4. She grew up attending both a secular and an Islamic religious school. She was expelled from her religious school for asking too many questions. Her book, The Trouble with Islam Today, has been published in more than 30 languages. She was named by “The Jakarta Post” as one of three women making a positive change in Islam today. She was also awarded Oprah Winfrey’s first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction”. She is openly lesbian.
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.
Jiro Fukushima (1930) – Japanese writer and lover of Mishima (see 01-24-1925).
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 highest for a freshman.
Karen Burstein – American politician and former judge from New York.
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.”
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.
Margarita Alcantara – She is a proud queer Filipino mestiza, and the margarita-alcantara editress, and publisher of the magazine, 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.
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.
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.
1875-1950 – Mary “May” Bookstaver -She was a feminist, political activist, and editor. Lover of Gertrude Stein and Mabel Haynes.
Michael Bronski – Gay American writer. Wrote A Queer History of the United States. Senior lecturer at Dartmouth College.
Michael Clyne – Foreign policy analyst. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Mike Ackil – Teacher. He lives in New York. Ackil was On Out’s 3rd mike-ackilAnnual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
Patience Agbabi (1965) – Born in London to Nigerian parents and from an early age was fostered by a white English family. She had a lot of contact with her Nigerian parents. This was a common practice at the time. Agbabi feels lucky to have had two sets of parents. Her upbringing allowed her to move easily between two cultures. She is a poet and a performer. Her poetry has been featured on televsion and radio. In 2000, she was one of ten poets commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write a poem for National Poetry Day. Agbabi is a former Poet Laureate of Canterbury. In 2017 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She describes herself as “bi-cultural” and bisexual. Issues of racial and sexual identity are important in her poetry.
Patrick S. Cheng – Chinese ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Church.
Paul Barnes – Born in 1954. Founder and former senior minister of the evangelical church Grace Chapel in Douglas County, Colorado. An anonymous caller to Grace Chapel expressed concern over having heard someone mention “blowing the whistle” on pastors like Barnes. Barnes confessed when he was confronted and apologized by video to Grace Chapel’s Sunday congregation, saying, “I have struggled since I was a 5-year old boy…I can’t tell you the number of nights I have cried myself to sleep, begging God to take this away.” He confessed to being a homosexual to the church board, and his resignation was accepted on Dec. 7, 2006. Barnes had led Grace Chapel for 28 years. He started his own church in his basement and watched it reach a membership of 2,100 in his 28 years of leadership.
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.
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. 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
Sappho (c.630 – c.570 BC) – She was a Greek poet from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Sappho is best known for her lyric poetry about her love of women and of family. Little is known of Sappho’s life and much written about her is conjecture. She was from a wealthy family, although the names of her parents are uncertain. Sappho was a prolific poet and her poetry was well-known and greatly admired through much of antiquity. Several ancient sources refer to her as the “tenth muse.” Today, most of Sappho’s poetry is lost. She is well known as a symbol of love and desire between women. Her lyric poem, the Ode to Aphrodite, is about calling on the goddess Aphrodite to help her in the pursuit of a unnamed girl. Sappho asks the goddess to ease the pains of her unrequited love for this girl; after granting her wish, Aprhodite appears to Sappho, telling her that the girl who has rejected her advances will in time pursue her in turn. The poem concludes with another call for the goddess to assist the speaker in all her amorous struggles. With its reference to the love of another woman, the Ode to Aphrodite is one of the few works of Sappho that provides evidence that she loved other women. What is call Sappho 31 is another fragment of a poem describing her love for a young woman. According to legend, most of Sappho’s work was destroyed by the church because of her morals. Approximately 650 lines of Sappho’s poetry has survived. In 2004 and 2014, new lines of poetry by Sappho were discovered. The 2004 text written on papyrus was found in Egypt in an archaeological dump. The 2014 text written on papyrus had been bought by a collector at auction. The collector showed it to classicist scholar Dirk Obbink who realized its importance. Starting in the early nineteenth century, Sappho began to be regarded as a role model for campaigners for women’s rights. Later in the century, she became a role mode for the New Woman – independent women who desired social and sexual autonomy. By the turn of the twentieth century Sappho became a sort of “patron saint of lesbians.
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.
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. A Pulitzer Prize-nominated jouralist, Brownworth is the first lesbian to have a column in a daily newspaper. She is the author of more than 20 book. Her novella, Ordinary Mayhem, was awarded Honorable Mention in Best Horror 2012. She is an advocate against sex-trafficking and LGBT issues.
Walter Dundervill – Dancer and choreographer. On Out’s 3rd Annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors (2013).
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.