Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011

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Velvetpark's Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011

Hannah Hart had us from “HELLO!” Born out of the simple, unassuming desire to have a drink and make something to eat while video-chatting with a friend, this adorable little gaymo has created one of the most critically acclaimed webseries of the year with My Drunk Kitchen. She was even dubbed “the Queen of YouTube cooking shows” by LA Weekly and has a fan base who call themselves “Hartosexuals.” With this critical attention—by the likes of Time, The Huffington Post, and CBS News—came questions about Hart’s sexuality, about which she has never denied or finessed to broaden her public appeal, telling AfterEllen “This is my life. It’s my one shot and I have to be true to who I am. I wanted to come out before I ever decided to do something creative because I never wanted to the world to meet me as someone I wasn’t.” Filled with sardonic humor and subtle intelligence, Harto's My Drunk Kitchen makes us always come back for seconds.

17. When Sontag Met Rawhide - Emily Roysdon, Interdisciplinary Artist

As one of the more unpredictable and exciting art stars in the world today, artist Emily Roysdon designed and directed Gay Bar Called Everywhere (With Costumes and No Practice), which played at New York’s famed experimental performance space, the Kitchen, this past May. A panoply of queer feminism replete with references to the history of performance art itself or as Roysdon called it an “undisciplined, interdisciplinary run at herstory,” Gay Bar Called Everywhere was arguably the year’s (arguably even the decade’s) biggest gathering of queer artists to amass on one stage. Roysdon, whose work has been seen and performed from Stockholm to Mexico City, had no trouble in orchestrating luminaries such as Barbara Hammer, K8 Hardy, JD Samson, A.L. Steiner, and Nao Bustamante (to name just a few) into what Roysdon imagined “Susan Sontag's life and work taking place in a gay bar” would look like.

18. All Hands On The Bad One - Carrie Brownstein, Indie Star, Rock Icon

It’s been years since Carrie Brownstein rocked our worlds as the guitar playing, occasional-vocalist (need we recall her tingle-inducing shrieks in “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone”?) of Sleater-Kinney. Co-creator, writer, producer and actor of Portlandia, which returns for its second season on IFC this January, Brownstein has re-emerged as a cultural force in this smart satire of Portland’s hipster scene, telling the New Yorker about the show’s niche as a “mock epic” of small differences. Perhaps even more thrilling is Brownstein’s return to music as the frontwoman of the rock band Wild Flag (along with Sleater-Kinney drummer, Janet Weiss, and joined by Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole), which released its debut album this fall to wide acclaim, coming in at #9 on Rolling Stones’ "50 Best Albums of 2011" list. If 2011 is any indication, Brownstein is back.

19) Tour-de-force - Pauline Park, Gender Rights & Global Activist

The list of Pauline Park's accomplishments in activism and advocacy of transgender rights is nothing short of stellar. One glance at her speaking engagements this year at Conferences throughout the country attest to this. From the UN to Occupy Wall Street, Park has spoken at no less than nine conferences across the country, as well as having penned numerous articles dealing with transgender and global issues. Park is a vocal opponent of Israeli Apartheid. She waded into both the controversial article on the State of Israel's Pinkwashing (by Sarah Schulman) and the Israel/Palestine conflict that erupted at the LGBT Community Center of NY this year. Park currently chairs the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and is president of the board of directors of Queens Pride House.

20. Cherry Grove - Jeanette Winterson, Author

Comments [8]

Conlite's picture

I had forgotten about Hege

I had forgotten about Hege and Toril!  And such dyke heroes should not be forgotten!  Thanks for pulling this list together.

Tosha's picture

saw Pariah this afternoon

it was so good i wanted to stand up and cheer.  Moving, real, and real funny too.

Marcie Bianco's picture

got sidetracked the other

got sidetracked the other night but am definitely planning to see it this coming week! everyone's been raving about it! (we'll be running our own review of the film this Monday!)

Jess Glenny's picture

Good list.

I really enjoy this site, but I'd love to see more UK content in general. Do you need a UK correspondent?

Marcie Bianco's picture

Jess! yes! email me, please?

Jess! yes! email me, please? let's set this up!

Jess Glenny's picture

Will do later.

Off to teach now.

Steph's picture

Okey dokey, glad to see

Okey dokey, glad to see there's at least one Brit (that I know of) on the list!  I have mixed views on Jeantette but her memoir is a work of brilliance and she is a champion of the english language which can only be a good thing.

A belated happy christmas to everyone and here's to 2012!  Gonna be a biggie here - not only do we have the Queen's Diamond Jubliee (bring on the double bank holiday) it's also the London Olympics.  Me, gf and pooch are running off to France for the whole 2 weeks - it's gonna be hell on earth on the trains and tubes so we'll leave it for the tourists!

Marcie Bianco's picture

happy holidays, Steph! 

happy holidays, Steph!