The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Our top out women

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for The Les/Bi List, your favorite out female celebrities. We’re putting up the Huddle early this week to share our picks with you, in an obvious attempt to sway you with our individual choices.

Here’s who we voted for.

Mia Jones: My top ten out queer women come in no particular order with the exception of Carrie Brownstein because — hello — Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney, Monitor Mix, etc. etc. She is number one.

Carrie Brownstein

The rest of my favorites include but are not limited to: Suze Orman, Rachel Maddow, Leisha Hailey, Natasha Kai, Sia, Kim Zolciak (just kidding), Beth Ditto, JD Samson and Kim Stolz because she is hot. There I said it.

Natasha Kai

Heather Hogan: Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, Jane Lynch, Lily Tomlin, Kate Clinton, Jennifer Knapp, Marlene King, Sarah Waters and Sue Perkins.

Marlene King

The Linster: I think I voted for, in no particular order: Rachel Maddow, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Heather Peace, Laurel Holloman, Chely Wright, Wanda Sykes, Cynthia Nixon and Lily Tomlin.

Lily Tomlin

I went back and forth about Laurel, because I’m not sure if she still identifies as bi. She did once upon a time, though, and she’s cute. That’s good enough for me.

Bridget McManus: My number one pick is none other then AE’s fearless leader Editor in Chief Karman Kregloe. Being out is one thing but dedicating your life to lesbian and bisexual representation in the media is a whole other ballgame. And she’s a damn good kisser too! The rest: Sia (Sia is not only wildly talented but she seems to live her life being exactly who she wants to be. Sia let’s her freak flag fly and I love that she’s part of our community); Rachel Maddow (Rachel Maddow represents the best of us.  She’s proud to be out, at the top of her field and charming to boot.); Kate Clinton (Kate is hilarious and brilliant! What more could you want in a woman?); Mariah Hanson (Mariah is the founder of The Dinah and an advocate for lesbian chaos — and nudity — in Palm Springs.); Amy Ray (Amy Ray has never shied away from being gay and she embraces it in her music.  If you haven’t seen her perform live do yourself a favor and buy tickets to her next show immediately!)

Amy Ray

Lily Tomlin (Lily was my childhood idle and the fact that she’s gay is just the cherry on top of the sundae. I’m grateful that Lily is out as much and I’m thankful for 9 to 5 and The Incredible Shrinking Woman. ); Cat Cora (The adorable petite blonde only female Iron Chef holds her own in the culinary world and with her army of children with her wife, Jennifer.); Beth Ditto (Diva Beth Ditto is an outstanding performer and very vocal about being out. Just another reason to love her); and Anna Paquin (Anna is obviously a very talented woman. She won an Oscar as a child for The Piano and fights vampires, shifters and werewolves every week on True Blood. But the reason she made my list is because she proudly came out as bisexual right before she married her husband, True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer.  A lot of times bisexual people are wrongly judged and Anna’s announcement showed that even though she’s in a committed relationship with a man it’s important to her to be vocal about her bisexuality. I tip my hat to her.)

Anna Paquin

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