The ALTERNATIVE Autostraddle Hot 105: Hotties You Will Like Who Also Like Girls

59. Yk Hong, Photographer, Trainer, Speaker, Writer, Artist & Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

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YK Hong has done so much shit it’s hard to know where to begin. Like, “YK Hong has been professionally facilitating and training organizations, groups and individuals in anti-oppression work, organization development, grassroots fundraising and strategic planning for the past 15 years.” Or “YK Hong is a prominent and highly-acclaimed speaker on various topics relevant to her broad range of experiences. One of her current major projects she has been speaking on includes her self-created 365 Release practice for non-attachment, letting go and change.” Or that she’s also a visual artist, a woodworker, a photographer and a writer. She’s so badass.


58. Fallon Fox, Mixed Martial Artist (Shaumburg, IL)

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“It was like, wow, women are fighting,” Fox said. “I remembered watching the first U.F.C. You couldn’t get it on TV. They were doing it bare knuckles. No gloves. I wanted to do that.” (via the new york times)

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Fallon Fox is the first openly transgender fighter in MMA (Mixed Martial Artist) history. She’s in the Featherweight Class and the Midwest Training Center Association with a perfect 3-0 record. Fallon grew up in a religiously conservative family in Ohio, married her then-girlfriend at the age of 19, had a daughter, joined the Navy, went to The University of Toledo for a bit, became a trucker to raise money for surgery and got divorced in 2007. While driving a schoolbus she got into weightlifting and jujistu, eventually finding videos of female mixed-martial artist Megumi Fujii. She’d found her calling, and trainer Alex Trujillo said he knew she could be a professional fighter from the moment he first worked with her. Fox came out in an interview with Outsports in March 2013 after her first two initial professional fights, to much ensuing controversy. The online campaign “Fight 4 Fallon” recently launched to support her amid the scrutiny and negative attention she’s received since coming out as transgender.


57. Francine Beppu, The Real L Word, Co-Founder of NamiWave Media

tag // twitter // autostraddle’s miss june 2012

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56. Kristen Russo, Co-Founder of Everyoneisgay.com (New York, NY)

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“There are many days where I look at my email inbox, and my formspring inbox, and my facebook inbox, and all the yellow gmail followup stars start to swirl, and I curl up in a ball of panic. That is when I do my best to place my focus on the impact we are having, person by person, and how important that is above all else. If that isn’t enough I just yell at Dannielle and then cry and then apologize and then she makes a joke and I laugh and then we answer a another question.” (via campqueer)

95-Kristin Russo

via everyoneisgay: “Kristin holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater, but gained most of her preparation for Everyone Is Gay while lip-syncing to Wilson Phillips and TLC in the late-nineties. After moving to NYC in 2000 and running her own theater company for three years, she began volunteering at The Hetrick-Martin Institute (a service provider for LGBTQ youth and the home of the Harvey Milk High School). Inspired by the students and faculty at Hetrick-Martin, she focused her graduate studies on LGBTQ youth and curriculum, and soon thereafter founded Everyone Is Gay. She has a cat named Trey, a penchant for crossword puzzles, and a deep-seated appreciation for Italian Ice.”


55. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Writer, Performer & Cultural Worker

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from brownstargirl.org: “2012 Lambda Literary Award Winner and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker. The author of Consensual Genocide and Love Cake and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities (South End, 2011), her work has appeared in the anthologies Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.

She co-founded Mangos With Chili, the national queer and trans people of color performance organization, is a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ “40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future.”   Her one woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured nationally… She co-founded Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School.”


54. Nina LaCour, YA Novelist (San Francisco, CA)

website // author of hold still  & the disenchantments

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Nina LaCour snagged an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in 2006, and went on to teach English, co-found the YA writing class series “Write Teen” and publish her first novel, Hold Still, with Dutton Children’s Books in 2009. It won a lot of awards. Her second book, The Disenchantments, came out in April. She lives in Oakland with her awesome wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble.


53. Loree Erickson, Porn Star Academic (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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in her own words: “I am a poly queer femmegimp porn star academic doing a PhD at York University. My work is a synthesis of theoretical engagement and critical artistic creation, both of which are motivated and shaped by personal experience and activist ideals. I want to replace the gawking, gazing, and glaring people with disabilities encounter on a daily basis with beholding, recognizing, and reacting when people with disabilities are red fucking hot.”


52. Penny Wong, Senator (Australia)

tag // website

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Penny was elected to the Australian Senate in 2002 and was appointed Minister for Climate Change and Water in 2007. In September 2010, Penny became the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. She is the duty Senator for the electorates of Mayo and Hindmarsh.


51. Cynthia, Calendar Girl & Future Lawyer (Iowa City, IA)

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“I’m a first born, first generation Cameroonian-American with very traditional and religious parents. My decision to come out was absolutely terrifying. Still, I knew that no matter how my family reacted, there was a community of understanding ladies ready to accept me with open arms. After coming out there were lots of tears, lots of prayer and things still get a bit rocky at times but I’ve never been closer with my family and wouldn’t have things any other way. I just hope that sharing my story inspires women the same way other Autostraddlers have encouraged and inspired me.”

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50. Michelle Tea, Writer (San Francisco, CA)

tag // sister spit tag // website // autostraddle interview // books

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Michelle Tea is so many things. She’s an author and a poet and a “literary arts organizer.” She’s a former sex worker. She’s authored novels, memoirs and short story books including The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valenica, Rose of No Man’s Land and The Chelsea Whistle. She’s written for The Believer, xoJane and The San Francisco Bay-Guardian, among others. She founded the lesbian-feminist spoken word and performance collective Sister Spit in 1994, which has toured the U.S. and Canada with other kickass humans like Cristy Road, Ali Liebegott, Eileen Myles, Beth Lisick and Ariel Schrag. Sister Spit recently partnered with City Lights publishing to release books by up-and-coming queer & feminist writers.


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108 Comments

  1. “OH MY GOD WHAT IF SHE RETURNED TO GLEE AND DATED SANTANA OR SOMETHING” If Charice returned to Glee and dated Santana I would finally watch it, that’s what!

    Excellent list! So many amazing women. <3

  2. OMG so Jenny Lee Lindberg is probably my NO.1 CELEBRITY CRUSH OF ALL TIME and as such I am stoked that she is on this list but my undying love for her also means that I have watched/read anything I find ever which refers to her or warpaint in any way, and I have never seen anything to suggest that she likes women. Apart from joking about being in love with Stella. God knows I wish it wasn’t the case but as far as I know she’s never come out or been in a relationship with a woman, so she probably shouldn’t be on here :(

    idk have I missed something? PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME I’VE MISSED SOMETHING

    also YAY I voted for Julie Mehretu and Crystal Gwyn and they are both supercool and supersexy and I think this list beats the other list hands down, I mean just look at them (and read about all the awesome things they do)

    • this. i have been ladybonering all over JLL for a year or two and though i have googled all the things, i cant find any definite info on non-straightness. GAY ZEUS BLESS US PLEASE!? otherwise i am not sure the validity of her being on there (at least at this point in time) -_-

    • Jenny Lee(along with her sister Shannyn) definitely try to keep a SUPER low profile when it comes to their personal life. She is definitely not out as gay but she is definitely not “straight”…she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to her intimate relationships:)

  3. YES.
    Soooo excited to see Susan Allen, Michelle Chamuel, Shawnee SheKing, and Lauren Zuniga make these pages. The whole lot of them are ridiculously fantastic gods. And I *would* be excited about Angel Haze because I’ve been listening to her EP New York on repeat but I always sideeye the shit out of people who list the ambiguous “Native American” as part of their heritage, which lots of white and black people have a tendency to do as a weird sort of appropriation. She is apparently a self-taught speaker of Tsalagi, though, so that’s interesting to me, as an Eastern Band Cherokee person taking online classes from my tribe.
    And oh. my. god. CHARICE!

  4. OMG Divine Maitland-Smith is HAWT you guys. She was so cute when she was in the Big Brother house and OUT-spoken, too. And Charice, wowza! Filipinas represent! (Monique Wilson, too, timeless beauty / talent!)

    I love this list – very diverse and a lot of new and very cool people to know / ‘ship / tumblr about / follow / have a crush on! Especially the soccer players, raaar! LOL! ^___^

  5. Do you know what I like about this list? For the other Hot 100, I mostly just scrolled through and nodded when I saw someone I recognized, occasionally stopping to read something of interest. This time, I actually get to sit down with my iced tea and dogs and learn about 105 almost all totally new to me “hotties”.

    As usual, AS has listened to their readers and found a response that I think is totally respectful of many of the criticisms, but is still unique and total true to their style.

    <3 you guys and stuff.

  6. YAY. I LOVE this list. I saw a lot of really under the radar people I was hoping to have seen in the first one–like Nicole Albino (!!!) and Erica Linder (!!). There was still an additional three I was shoping to see though but I guess that’s what happens when you don’t vote…!: Devyn Arrey Galindo (assistant photographer at Nasty Gal), Taschka Turnquist who is a photographer specialising in super beautiful androgynous ladies, and Superkelow who’s a rapper and is just like ~the effin’ cutest. Gah.

  7. I’m so happy to see Tracy Chapman on the list. She’s my favorite singer, she has the most powerful voice I’ve ever listened to and her songs are so powerful. I can’t even start to explain how hot I think she is.

  8. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but is Ashlyn Harris publicly out? As far as I’m aware she’s pretty private about her personal life and hasn’t made any statements one way or the other about liking girls.

    • Yeah, I haven’t read or heard anything about her coming out publicly. I guess I could have missed it but I’m a huge WNT fan so I doubt it. The only thing I do know is that some players on the team choose to be more private about their personal lives and who they are dating. Ashlyn might be one of them.

      High five from one WNT fan to another!

      • Hi 5 person with excellent taste.

        I’m fairly certain if Ashlyn had ever publicly come out fandom would have had a nuclear meltdown which is why I don’t think she’s ever said. Not that I think she would object to being on this list but if she chooses not to be out I don’t think we should act like she is.

    • Yeah, I am sure Ashlyn has never come out so she probably shouldn’t be on here. And Abby was on the hot 100 which squicked me out a bit because I think she has been very purposeful about not talking about her personal life.

      There are some awesome out players not on this list or the hot 100 though!
      -PIA!! Sundhage is out and proud and the most amazing coach ever – formerly of the USWNT, now the SweWNT. Helped the USWNT recover from the disaster that was Greg Ryan. One of the greatest players to ever play for the SweWNT. A+ singer. Never wears a bra.
      -Lianne Sanderson: Former member of the EngWNT, current member of the Boston Breakers, Joanna Lohman’s partner and cofounder of JoLi Academy. All-around hottie.
      -Inka Grings: Former GerWNT, currently playing for Chicago Red Stars. Was involved in a high profile love triangle with one of her German teammates and a former GerMNT player.
      -Sarah Walsh: Former AusWNT captain, Megan Rapinoe’s girlfriend, host of a new web series about Australian women’s football, and MAJAH HOTTIE
      -Casey Stoney: EngWNT captain, very outspoken about being gay. Most beautiful smile award in my heart.

      There are also quite a few out ladies on some of the nordic teams but I don’t know them all. You can watch them and other european teams in the Euros 2013 the next few weeks! This blog posts links to livestreams, videos about the teams, and interviews: http://womenseurofootball.tumblr.com/

      And of course since women’s football is the gayest sport ever, there are dozens of players “assumed” queer (like Ashlyn and Abby) that have not spoken publicly about it.

      General comment: This alternative list is so amazing, thank you to the AS staff for taking the time to put this together! It’s really really appreciated.

    • While she has never made any statements one way or another, she has been vocally (on twitter and instagram) in favor of gay rights, in the same way that Megan Rapinoe always was before she officially came out. For example, she posted a picture of her wearing one of the Nike Be True shirts. It may be a stretch to call her out, but she certainly isn’t afraid of gay-friendly media.

      Plus that bowtie love.

  9. Love seeing Fallon Fox and Joanna Lohman on the list. If you have Joanna Lohman you can’t leave out Lianne Sanderson, they’re partners and they both play for the Boston Breakers and they’re adorable.

  10. So before I clicked on this I went to reread Lori Lindsey’s interview because she’s awesome, DUH! But I’ve been on a women’s soccer kick (haha) lately and it’s lame but I just found out about Ashlyn from following Lori Lindsey on instagram and I was like “who is that girl! wow!”

    And while I was reading through this I had another window open with an Ashlyn Harris interview. Haha.

    So this comment is mildly awkward. Whatever.

    Great, great, excellent list!!! I’m cracking up now. I am way too easily amused.

    And now I feel bad because if I actually knew about women’s soccer I would have known about her before this week. I’ll get on it.

    • Stephanie, this is a really just a general comment about Ashlyn Harris–I’m just replying to your comment to keep the soccer talk together. Also, I hope you’ll continue with your soccer kick! (haha)

      Ok, so I’m being just a teensy bit nit-picky here, but technically Ashlyn Harris is only one of the possible goalkeepers for the USWNT. Hope Solo is almost always the starting keeper, followed by Nicole Barnhart, followed by Jill Loyden. Ashlyn has been in the player pool for years, but only recently received her first cap (meaning she played a game) for the USWNT. Being a goalie is tough-you’re always fighting for one possible spot that is rarely subbed out during games.

      However, none of this is to diminish her goal-keeping abilities. All four of those keepers are excellent and three of those four are queer. Speaking of queer, I’m surprised to not see Ali Krieger on here! She and Ashlyn are a couple and both currently play for the Washington Spirit, along with Lori Lindsey. Here’s a great photo of them at pride this year (from Lori Lindsey’s twitter). http://instagram.com/p/aZem2wLsZc/#

    • Stephanie, this is a really just a general comment about Ashlyn Harris–I’m just replying to your comment to keep the soccer talk together. Also, I hope you’ll continue with your soccer kick! (haha)

      Ok, so I’m being just a teensy bit nit-picky here, but technically Ashlyn Harris is only one of the possible goalkeepers for the USWNT. Hope Solo is almost always the starting keeper, followed by Nicole Barnhart, followed by Jill Loyden. Ashlyn has been in the player pool for years, but only recently received her first cap (meaning she played a game) for the USWNT. Being a goalie is tough-you’re always fighting for one possible spot that is rarely subbed out during games.

      However, none of this is to diminish her goal-keeping abilities. All four of those keepers are excellent and three of those four are queer. I’m surprised to not see Ali Krieger on here! She and Ashlyn and both currently play for the Washington Spirit, along with Lori Lindsey. Here’s a great photo of them at pride this year (from Lori Lindsey’s twitter).

      View this post on Instagram

      3 Amigos… @akrieger11 & Ashlyn Harris

      A post shared by Lori Lindsey (she/her) (@lorilindsey6) on

      Seriously, look at the photo.

      I edited this because, as people noted above, it’s completely true that Megan Rapinoe and Lori Lindsey are the only USWNT team players who are officially out. So me saying “three of four” reflects popular speculation, to just be completely clear. That said, until recently, Jill Loyden was living in the same city as me with her (now ex) girlfriend. I know this because Jill and I have mutual friends, one of whom was charged with selling all of Jill’s old furniture when she moved back to NJ to play for Sky Blue. Some of the furniture had come from the apartment that Jill used to share with Abby Wambach-swoon!

  11. Did you guys know that Tracy Chapman dated Alice Walker?! Because I’m listening to Julie Klausner’s podcast and just learned that and then I thought, “Who can I tell this new tidbit to?” And obviously I thought of y’all.

  12. WHY IS TODAY SO WONDERFUL

    I love this list so much, it’s such a breath of fresh air from always hearing about the same white cis queer women (who are mostly great, but y’know there are other awesome queer people in this world than Rachel Maddow.)

    I’m also really happy to see Angel Haze on the list, she is underrated and and extremely talented as a lyricist and rapper. I would suggest a few changes/additions to the bio though, such as the fact that she is pansexual and was studying neuroscience at Penn State before she decided to go into music instead. She’s definitely done much more than get into twitter wars with Azealia Banks!

    Other than that, I’m excited to have about 100 new crushes, thanks so much for this list!

    • I love Angel Haze and I’m thinking she’s about to blow up big time. One of her songs is featured in “The Heat.” I freaked out when I heard it. I hope this means good things for her (not that I freaked out, but that it was in that movie).

  13. May i suggest 2 more names for your list

    Maartje Paumen and Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel.

    Players from the gold winning olympic field hockey team from the Netherlands. At the time of the games they were still a couple,and both scored the goals that decided the final.

    Maartje Paumen won her second gold medal in London,and was also voted best player in the world for the last two years. Both are out and a role model for alot of gay girls in the Netherlands.

    Here are both of them doing an interview on being out in sports

  14. But WHEEEREEE is Bonnie Thunders and/or her girlfriend, OMG WTF (for the record–I’m not expressing discontent, her girlfriend’s name is OMG WTF)?!?! They play roller derby for the Gotham Girls and are both serious, serious BADASSES.

  15. I’m so excited that Kristen Stone made this list! She is a fabulous, smart, sexy human being and she should work for Autostraddle ;) personal opinion – her writing rocks my socks off!

    No, for real, Domestication Handbook. So beautiful and sometimes achy. And that’s a compliment.

  16. IMO this list is even hotter than the hot 100, plus it addresses some of the problems wrt race that people pointed out in the comments section of the hot 100 which is aaaawwwwwesome.

    Also: “The paradigm of gay liberation and emancipation has produced all sorts of troubling narratives: about the greater homophobia of immigrant communities and communities of color, about the stricter family values and mores in these communities, about a certain prerequisite migration from home, about coming-out teleologies… Queerness here is the modality through which ‘freedom from norms’ becomes a regulatory queer ideal that demarcates the ideal queer.” YESSSS

    Also GLORIA BIGELOW IS A FUCKING RAY OF SUNSHINE i like her.

  17. imogen! having met her in person, she is indeed super hot, y’all. and so friggin’ rad. i would say it’s a nice surprise to see her on here, but it’s not surprising that she’s on here, i just didn’t know she’d be on the list before it happened.

    so i guess what i’m saying is i can’t predict the future and imogen is hot.

  18. this is a headliner in my country! the local radio stations, tv talk shows and basically everybody now knows your site because you made charice #1 in your list. it’ll be cool, if you can ask charice for an intervew since she will be going in l.a this month.

    i woke up and jumped off of my bed when i heard the word AUTOSTRADDLE being mentioned on tv.
    i was like “what the f!!!!”
    when the video gets uploaded from that particular show where your site got mentioned. i will post the link here so you will know i ain’t lying when i say AUTOSTRADDLE is now FAMOUS in the philippines.

  19. It’s taking me forever to read this but I’m so happy about it! I see a lot of people I’ve been fawning over since forever (like Gloria Bigelow) and that is giving me all kinds of warm and tingly feelings. I’m also happy to see more women of color on this list than the last one!
    Now I have about 100 more women to obsess over. Thanks autostraddle. :)

  20. here was the link i’m telling you about but i promise there
    are at least 4 other local tv talk shows that mentioned your site.

    autostraddle is also in our newspapers.
    http://www.philippineedition.com/2013/07/charice-voted-as-hottest-lesbian-by.html

    http://www.myxph.com/features/5887/charice-1-sa-hotties-list-ng-isang-lesbian-website/

    http://www.tempo.com.ph/2013/07/charice-thrilled-at-being-named-hottest-lesbian/

    also if you have the time. watch this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7KpN9IrqAU

    charice guested on gandang gabi vice (the host is also gay)
    she was asked to say something to her girlfriend and she said i’ll just say it through a song. her eyes was closed while singing and the host asked her why. she just said she likes to imagine FOREVER when she sings.

  21. i just want to add that saying “struggling with her family” is an understatement. her mom and brother is not feeling her at all. charice needs all the love she can get. if you can actually interview her, please give her some advice. she needs it too. i just fell in love with you autostraddle. thanks! more power to your amazing website.

  22. I totally missed this when it was first published. It’s so exciting to read about so many new people. I can’t wait to cast my votes for next year’s hot 100 and finally vote for the people I never thought there was any point in voting for :D!!!!

    Thank you AS

  23. I don’t get it… Models, feminists, actors, soccer players, musicians… Where are the economists? Climate modelers? Mathematicians? People who had to pass math class? Most of these profiles read like a queer studies adaptation of “the emperors new clothes”. Maybe they were all in the hot 100 – I missed that one.

  24. Congrats Autostraddle. After years of social media resistance, I just created a twitter account so that I can keep up with half of the ladies on this list. They just sound (OK, and the looks don’t hurt) too good to loose to the internet short term memory black hole. *I shake my fist at you* And, also, thank you.

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