8. Melissa Etheridge: The Midwestern Butch
Rock star and lesbian icon Melissa Etheridge drew mixed views from the panelists, particularly on her handiness score. “She doesn’t look handy at all!” Claudia insisted, and Gabby agreed, adding that “playing a guitar does not count.”
Sarah, on the other hand, gave Etheridge props for “stage presence,” her guitar skills, and for keeping her hair short after many years of having it long.
Total Score: 18.25
7. Cleo Sims (Queen Latifah) in Set It Off: The Gangsta Butch
In the 1995 film about four African-American women who band together to rob a bank, Queen Latifah played butch lesbian Cleo Sims, who enjoyed a sexy on-screen romance with her long-term girlfriend, Ursula (Samantha MacLachlan). “Tough is hot!” Claudia declared. Gabby gave Cleo points for “fighting the law for a woman,” and Dawn approved of Cleo’s tattoos and a hot sex scene.
Total Score: 19.25
6. Calvin (Daniela Sea) in Itty Bitty Titty Committee: The Activist Butch
In the film Itty Bitty Titty Committee, currently screening at gay film festivals across the country, Daniela Sea plays Calvin, an ex-Army explosives expert who joins an underground feminist activist group so that she can continue to blow things up.
Although all panelists took off points for Daniela Sea’s slight, high-pitched voice, they all agreed that she also has “beautiful eyes” and a “lesbian jawline.”
As for Calvin’s handiness, Sarah quipped, “She makes bombs.”
Total Score: 19.5