10 Hottest Butches of 2011
The founder and executive director of the Center for Media Justice, Malkia Cyril pinged our gaydar long ago (after all, she’s been managing grassroots projects about social justice for almost two decades) and has made appearances in Democracy Now, Hard Knock Radio, Breakdown FM, Free Speech TV, and the documentaries Outfoxed and Broadcast Blues). But seeing her speech at the annual Butch Voices conference and hearing her talk about right to communicate made me think Cyril is my ideal version of a lesbian Biggie Smalls (the Notorious B.I.G.), if you swap out orating for rap, activism for money. Either way, she’s hot and I’m hypnotized.
The Ivy League's longest-tenured coach and one of its most successful, Jenny Allard is in her whopping 17th season as head coach of the Harvard women’s softball program. Her record is astounding: according to Harvard, all four of Harvard's Ivy League titles, each of its four 30-win seasons, and its three NCAA Championship berths have come under the watch of Allard, who has lead Harvard softball for half of the program's existence. She’s given berth to a host of female athletes and has done so as an openly gay woman. And she knows of what she’s coaching: in 1992, Allard was on the Big Ten All-Decade team, Allard ranking in the top four all-time in 15 hitting and pitching categories at the time of her graduation from Michigan. Oh, did I mention she’s got a master’s in psychology from Harvard, too? That’s seriously attractive.
Sure, by season 26 of MTV’s The Real World we sort of expect there to be lesbians on the show, but Samantha McGinn made San Diego watchable. An out lesbian, McGinn was a rare woman on TV: she’s openly butch in a way other reality TV butches (think Shot at Love’s Dani Campbell) were never allowed to be. While Campbell was forced to wear bikini tops and makeup at times, McGinn just reveled her hoodie covered, tank top sporting, butch lady loveliness. Lesbians everywhere are sad that Wednesday night’s Sam-fests are over.
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