16. LUCY LAWLESS
(No. 36 in 2007)
The self-described "ball buster" earned her legions of lesbian fans by playing Xena, the Warrior Princess, and she has kept them happy by saying things like "I thought you were going to introduce me as Xena, where no man has gone before" — and by playing the sexy (and bisexual?) Cylon D’Anna Biers on Battlestar Galactica. Lawless is hot because she’s adventurous, loves her fans, and can rock a leather outfit like nobody’s business.
17. ELLEN DEGENERES*
(No. 50 in 2007)
America’s most popular television host just turned 50 and looks as fresh as ever in her stylish blazers and button-downs. She’s out and proud and newly engaged to Portia de Rossi. When she’s not winning Emmys, she’s hosting the Oscars or needling folks like John McCain or Laura Bush about their lack of support for gay rights in a funny but subversive way. She’s living the lesbian dream, and there’s nothing hotter than that!
18. MARISKA HARGITAY
(No. 25 in 2007)
As Detective Olivia Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Mariska plays a tough broad with a badge, a brave spirit and a great leather jacket. She can also pull off a short pixie ‘do better than most lesbians can. But what really makes her attractive is her heart: Off-screen, Mariska heads up the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support for women who have been sexually assaulted.
19. PENÉLOPE CRUZ
(No. 54 in 2007)
The Spanish actress has given us all a new reason to become bilingual. From her award-winning role in the drama Volver to her comedic (and lesbian subtexty) turn in Bandidas with BFF Salma Hayek, this star of both American and Spanish-language films keeps us guessing as to what she’ll be doing next. Fortunately for us, her latest film is one in which she and Scarlett Johansson share a lip-lock. But you already know all about that.
20. ROSE ROLLINS
(No. 73 in 2007)
The L Word got infinitely better when Tasha was introduced. Rose Rollins plays the ex-military soft butch lesbian with a quiet intensity, and her role as Tasha led to playing Monique in the web series Girltrash, which has only given lesbian fans more reason to love her A+ acting skills. When it comes to Rose, we want more!