Riese’s Team Pick: Mr. Sexsmith Wants Your Top Hot Butches Nominations

I wish to draw your attention not only to Sinclair Sexsmith’s Top Hot Butches project itself, but to the meticulously painstakingly sensitively crafted description of the gender identities she intends to represent in this project included within. You have to be careful because queers like to yell at each other about words and labels and stuff a lot, especially when it’s about inclusion/exclusion, and Sinclair rocked it.

If you don’t know about Top Hot Butches, last year’s list included lots of our favorite humans like Julie Goldman, Kate Moennig, Rachel Maddow, Jenny Shimizu, Wanda Sykes, Alison Bechdel, Eileen Myles, Samantha Ronson, Judith Butler, Ellen DeGeneres and Dani Campbell.

This year they’re doing it a little differently — go check it out and nominate your favorite famous women, cis and trans persons who self-identify as some some of masculine of center identity: butch, macha, stud, ag, tomboi, genderqueer, etc — or anyone who falls into any of the other descriptions provided in this post, which explains the project and the requirements for nominees. Then read Sinclair’s post explaining the thinking behind this year’s project.

Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2741 articles for us.

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