Ah fickle celebrity. One day everybody loves you — the next you’re pop
culture’s punching bag. And the stakes are even higher for lesbian and bisexual public figures. Just by virtue of being out they are expected to be de facto role
models for the LGBT community.
Some succeed at the role model thing better than others, but as far as we’re
concerned, any gay public figure is to be commended for being open and honest
about their orientation.
It used to be there weren’t all that many lesbian and bisexual women to look up
to. But this being 2011, there are now hundreds and hundreds!
Given the current bounty of famous out women, we thought it would be
interesting to canvas our readers and find out who ranks as the crème de la
crème. Who are the top 50 lesbian and bisexual female celebrities that you admire, that inspire you or that you just can’t get enough of? Your participation
here will help us decide that.
We’re calling it the Les/Bi-List!
Cast your votes now for up to 10 of your favorite out women.
They can come from any field (entertainment, music, politics, literature, etc.)
1. They must be publicly openly
lesbian or bisexual.
2. They must be female (Our brothers over at AfterElton.com are doing a separate companion poll identifying the top 50 out men.)
3. They must be contemporary, living public
figures. (So, cool as they are, no Gertrude Stein or Barbara Gittings, etc.)
Note: Votes cast for public
figures that don’t satisfy the above requirements will be discarded.
Voting will stay open until midnight Friday March 4th, and then
we’ll publish the results on Monday, March 14th.
The woman with the most votes will be No. 1, the woman with the second highest
number of votes will be No. 2, and so on down the list (which means it doesn’t
matter in what order you list the names in the form below).
One request: So that we can get a
true picture of who your favorite out women are, you can’t
vote more than once. We’ve set up the form to count only the last submission
from a specific IP address, so ballot stuffing will be wasted effort, anyway.
And if you submit the same name 10 times, it will only count once, so don’t try
that either! (We’re on to you people and your tricky ways!) But we do encourage you to support your favorites by spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, or by standing on the local street corner with a megaphone imploring people to vote Please
nominate each person by their full name, and it’s a big help if you spell it
After you’ve voted, feel free to post your choices in the comments and try
to lobby for your favorites!
VOTING HAS CLOSED. RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED MARCH 14th.