Every year, the Advocate puts together a list of their 40 under 40, which they describe as "this year’s selection of young activists, artists, and other standouts [that have] the qualities that make a leader … and [prove] the gay movement is still in good hands.” As is the case with their brother publication, Out‘s annual Out 100, women are in the minority on the list, with only 13 of 2010′s selections being female. (A small improvement from last year’s 10.)
The list includes activists Mia Mingus, Coya Artichoker, Jamie Roberts, International Ms. Leather 2009 Lamalani, football player Kim Storm, Sweet owner Shannon Wentworth, comedian/actress Gloria Bigelow and Missouri state senator Jolie Justus. Here are the other women, some you may recognize and others who will likely pique your interest, nonetheless.
The 24-year-old Olympic speedskater was definitely on our radar at this year’s winter games, winning the Gold in the 1500 meter race. She came out in 2009 and is dating fellow skater Sanne van Kerkhof.
We were very excited to read the fitness guru and entrepreneur’s interview with Ladies Home Journal this year, in which she said she is interested in love with a man or a woman. Though she’s remained tight lipped about her love life, we are still proud to have someone who is doing positive things speak openly about her interest in "healthy love," no matter the sex.
The L.A.-based filmmaker/artist is working on a short film called Pearblossom, which she told the Advocate is about, “eggs, gapped teeth, Koko Taylor, and sex.” She also contributes to Paper magazine, where she writes a column and works on video content, including the recent Beth Ditto "Beautiful People" shoot.
Selly resides in New York City, where she works on her project None on Record, a "sound documentary collecting the stories of LGBT Africans." You might remember her from an appearance on U People in 2008.
Mabry’s documentary Mississippi Damned won several awards in 2009. She’s currently developing several new projects with her Mississippi Damned producer and editor (and Mabry’s fiancee) Morgan Stiff.
Is there anyone else you would like to have seen included on the list?