Top 10 Stud and Butch Crushes of 2015

In 2015 we’ve met or got reacquainted with some extremely hot masculine-of-center women or otherwise-identified queers. Here’s 10 sexy studs worth swooning over.

10. Miki Vargas


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She’s a photographer who takes amazing wedding photos, portraits of butches, and more. In 2015, in addition to taking some of the most wonderful pictures of queer nuptials, she documented the evolution of masculinity in the Handsome Revolution Project. I wonder if the smiles she gets are from the moment, or from her adorable face.

9. Deanne Smith


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A Canadian-American comedian whose timely LGBTQ jokes make me gigglesnort. Deanne’s 2015 performance at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival solidified her place as a seriously funny comedian, and one to watch in the new year. I really want to get lifted and watch Friends with her. I think it would be an amazing time.

8. Siya

Siya’s work to transcend the rapper stereotype is evident on Sisterhood of Hip Hop, and in season 2 she shared her strength and courage to be who she is, inspiring us all. I once had a dream that I had a threesome with this entertainer and Samira Wiley in Siya’s mansion. Each night I try to relive said dream.

7. Jess Voss


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Jess Voss showed us this year that being dapper is a lifestyle, and that embracing fashion is always okay. A model to watch, she was featured in Dapper Q’s He Said/ We Said not only for her clean aesthetic but her entrepreneurial skill. A spiffy San Francisco bar owner who sells wine on tap, yummy burgers, and more. Def on my next place to visit while in the Bay.

6. Alison Bechdel

We’ve loved Alison Bechdel’s comic Dykes To Watch Out For long time, and this year she’s not only taken it to Broadway with Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, the musical won five Tony Awards. She’s been on my crush list for ages, and her preppy style has been and will continue to be an inspiration for others in the coming year.

5. Amber


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Amber, host of Amber’s Closet, entertains us weekly, amassing over half a million views with snapshots of her life, her style, and her relationships. She collaborated with queer favs like Ari Fitz, Hart, and Miles Jai this year, and keeps us educated, laughing, and crushing. Honestly, I had so many happy lesbian feels for Amber and Kiarra (model and Amber’s ex) – I hoped that they would be together forever, but they broke up this year. Kiarra is still my fitspiration, and I’ll be watching to see who Amber has on her arms next.

4. Samira Wiley


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What a sweet, sweet Poussey. Besides showing us her amazing acting chops, looking stellar on the red carpet, and gal palin’ around with Lauren Morelli this year, she’s shown us that being yourself always pays off. Those innocent eyes, that anxious smile, and her internal flame makes me wish I was on lockdown at Lichfield.

3. Wen Liu


Wen Liu. Photo by Sinru Ku via dapperQ

Wen Liu, Co-Founder of the Hey Queer Project wowed us this year with beautiful images of queer Asian beauty, and tons of thought-provoking introspection. I wish I could share ice cream with her in the Mission. I’d get salted caramel and order her a Rocky Road.

2. Ruby Rose

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Ruby Rose’s boobs were all over our tubes in 2015. I don’t know of a single woman who hasn’t fantasized about Ruby Rose at least once. When I do, I’m Piper before she lost her innocence and naivety, and she’s a little meaner and less shady.

1. AzMarie Livingston


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I’ve been crushing on her since America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion, and I live for the stolen moments in Empire that she pops in for a line or two. A model and actress, I’m excited to see what’s on her agenda in 2016.

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Lyn Muldrow is a Web Developer at OmniTI and Staff Writer at Autostraddle. She's a bronze star mom of two nerdy kids, loves Doctor Who and Michael Jackson more than should be allowed, and finds jazz/pop mashups relaxing. Chat with her on Twitter @LynMuldrow, Instagram, or Facebook.

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  1. This is vital. Merry christmas to all. I took a pic of alison bechdel to the hairdresser to get my first alternative lifestyle haircut(TM) this year. and samira wiley has been consistently lighting up my year. her instagram is a gift.

  2. Wow, what an “A” list. To bad they didn’t have stuff like this when I was a young stud. Things have changed so amazingly awesome it leaves my chin on the floor and my eyes soaking up every beautiful thing I see. I am super behind the times is there more of this kinda stuff around?

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