Top 10 Hottest Butches of 2012

We updated last year’s Top Hot Butches list to look at the women who’ve stirred our loins this year besides the usual butchy suspects like Rachel Maddow (who, of course, would top this list if you all voted), Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres. Since butchy gals of all persuasions still get the short shift even in lesbian media we figured we’d profile 10 butch women you should have gotten to know more of in 2012.
By: Diane Anderson-Minshall
January 02 2013 3:54 PM

We had such great response to last year’s Top Hot Butches list that we decided to make it annual thing and take a look at the women who’ve stirred our loins this year besides the usual butchy suspects like Rachel Maddow (who, of course, would top this list if you all voted), Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres. Since butchy gals of all persuasions still get the short shrift even in lesbian media we figured we’d profile 10 butch women you should have gotten to know more of in 2012. And while the women listed may not self identify as butch they are certainly are in the eye of this beholder. 

De'Borah Garner

She rocked The Voice this year and made many a fan with her cute, butchy swagger and killer vocal chords. She said, "Boom! I'm gay" on national television, made button-down shirts popular with girls worldwide – and showed us that wearing bright colors doesn't make you a femme. Boom! We’re in love.

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Katie Sketch

The 35-year-old powerhouse behind the Canadian indie band The Organ, Sketch’s androgynous (read: butch) style has been celebrated by none other than Vogue (which eatured her in a UK edition in 2006). Even though The Organ is kaput, Sketch has stayed in the public eye with her queer feminist cock rock band Vag Halen. Bonus: Her wife, actress Vanessa Dunn, isn’t hard on the eyes either.

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Dani Shay

She’s so much more than the lesbian who looked like Justin Bieber. In fact this was the year singer-songwriter Dani Shay came into her own, first as a contestant on season two of The Glee Project and then, especially, when she went public about her relationship with fellow GP-contestant Ali Stroker (yes, the super hot one who uses a wheelchair, who by the way would definitely top our Top Hot Femmes of 2012). First came a hot video and then a Dani-and-Ali “Let it Snow” duet. Could these two get any cuter?

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Seimone Augustus

If you’ve ever seen this WNBA champ (and gold medal-winning Olympian) on the court with her rippled muscles and fierce tats, you’d know why she tops this list. The fact that she came out this year, is a top player going into next season, and has a super hot girlfriend (LaTaya Varner) makes her even hotter. 

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Julie Goldman

There’s a picture of Julie Goldman taken a few years ago, with her in bed with her dog and a bag of potatoes chips. A less sophisticated viewer (i.e. straight men) might see it and say she looks like a dude but in reality she’s the essence of yummy butcheness in it — quirky, geeky, self-effacing, Jewish angst in a hot package (like Woody Allen, if he were, you know, attractive and female). She’s still hot and she’s showing up on TV more and more (this year she was a lesbian mom on The New Normal, a homeless character on Weeds, and one of the writers behind E!’s Fashion Police).

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Jiz Lee

Lee’s the queen (er, king?) of feminist porn, a gender-queer porn star who is known for a unique androgynous look, using the pronouns “they/them,” and an ability to both star in adult pictures and talk at academic institutions such as Stanford and UC Berkeley on queer sexuality and its intersection with pornography.

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Megan Rapinoe

Finally, the soccer star is out and we can lust after her not just for her her prowess on the field (she’s now one of only three out LGBT Olympians from the US) but for taking up the mantel of what it means to be a top hot butch. Of course, given that her hair has had a Twitter handle of its own for years now, we kind of new she was one of us.

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Skyler Cooper

No other lesbian actress can work a masculine role the way Cooper can. She starred in numerous lesbian films (including Cheryl Dunye’s The Owls) and this year was busy working on her own pet project, Hero Mars, in which she serves as director, writer, producer, and star. The film is expected out in 2013.

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Hannah Hart

She calls herself an “aspiring soubrette, Bay Area native, former NYC habitant, and current Los Angeles coffee shop sip-ster,” but we can’t help but thinking of her as the foxiest geek girl blogger who gets inebriated while baking on her cooking show, My Drunk Kitchen. Hart stars in, films, and edits all of her own videos and makes for a cute soft butch YouTube star you can’t help but adore.

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Kiyomi McCloskey

OK, yes, she wears eyeliner and could probably be described best as a femmey-butch, but the Hunter Valentine bandmate, who was featured on The Real L Word last season, is all butch hottie when she’s on stage ramming that guitar like she’s Led Zepplin offspring. She’s hot, she’s in band, and she’s on TV. Boo-ya!

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