2016: The Year in Queer Women

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2016 has been quite a ride, and along the journey of this year, we’ve seen LGBT women make a massive impact. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights, shall we?

The Humanitarian

Ellen DeGeneres

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Photo: Popcrush

 

During this year of unknowns and political setbacks for the LGBT community, Ellen has been a shining light of positivity, constantly encouraging kindness and love as a response to fear and hate. This year, People’s Choice Awards presented her with “Favorite Humanitarian”, and President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

The Politician

Jackie Biskupski

NBC News

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Mayor Biskupski took office in Salt Lake City, Utah in January of 2016 and became the first openly gay mayor. In addition to fighting for LGBT rights, the Democratic mayor has been working on climate change, calling on Salt Lake City to be able to run completely on alternative energy by 2032. Mayor Biskupski is also working hard to combat homelessness in the area.

The Writer

Glennon Doyle Melton

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Photo: Instagram

Activist, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, often dubbed “Christian mommy blogger” by the media, made headlines just a few weeks ago with her Instagram announcement: She has found love with Abby Wambach. The two have had the online world all sorts of flustered, while both of their books (Glennon’s Love Warrior and Abby’s Forward) skyrocket up the bestseller lists. Love is love, y’all.

The Billionaire

Jennifer Pritzker

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The retired Army lieutenant colonel and billionaire donated $2 million this year on behalf of her foundation, The Tawani Foundation, to the University of Victoria in British Columbia to establish a chair of transgender studies. Half of the funds will be used to support the chair position for five years, the other half reserved to match the amount of future donations to the program.

The Book

Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton

Weekend

Dubbed one of the must read books of the summer, Weekend follows two lesbian couples living next door to one another who both find themselves at a crossroads in their relationships. Although she has published three books of poetry, this is Jane Eaton Hamilton’s first novel.

For all of its bumps in the road, 2016 had so much to offer. Who did we miss that made an impact on you this year?

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