Something Like A Super Lesbian: Mabel Hampton

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In order for us to fully appreciate our present and our future, we must embrace our past. Thanks to the women like Mabel Hampton, we are able to do that in insightful and personal ways. Throughout her life, Mabel collected letters, memorabilia and memories documenting her experience in the world as a black lesbian. She shares tales of private shindigs with Harlem Renaissance icons like Jackie “Moms” Mabley, and Bessie Smith.

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Barbara Jordan

rep_barbara_jordanIn honor of Delta Sigma Theta’s centennial last week, our newest inductee to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians is Barbara Jordan.

A subject of many grade school Black History Month papers, Representative Barbara Jordan (D-Texas) was the first African-American woman elected to Congress from a southern state.

Jordan’s list of accomplishments and accolades are way too many to name. The Presidential Medal of Freedom winner was the  first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the DNC. Even in her later year she was tapped to be a Supreme Court justice during Clinton’s administration before her health problems became public.

According to  Jordan Rustin Coalition, the LGBT organization named after her and Bayard Rustin, “Jordan was a lesbian with a longtime companion of more than 20 years, Nancy Earl; Jordan never publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation, but in her obituary, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her longtime relationship with Earl.

Barbara, you might not have been a super lesbian but you were definitely something like it… we salute you and your ability to change the world through your words. 

Former President Clinton said it best in his 1996 eulogy,

“Whenever she stood to speak, she jolted the nation’s attention with her artful and articulate defense of the Constitution, the American Dream, and the common heritage and destiny we share, whether we like it or not. ”

Can’t wait to see Viola Davis in the biopic about Jordan’s life that is in the works

Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword dot com or tweet me @kristiweb.

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Nitza Quiñones Alejandro

AlejandroX400 (1)Our newest inductee to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians is Nitza Quiñones Alejandro.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment as the first openly lesbian Latina federal judge.

Nitza earned her law degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1975, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with honors, also from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to this historic appointment she presided over the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas,where she was the first Hispanic woman to be elected in that jurisdiction.

Yeah she’s not new to being a history maker…

What we love about Nitza is her fidelity to truth and ethics. When she was asked what believed was the most important quality for a judge to possess  she responded,

“In exercising integrity, the judge must also be a good listener, patient, fair, impartial, courteous, reasonable, ethical, and decisive… I believe I possess these qualities.”

Nizta, you might not be a super lesbian but you are definitely something like it… as an ex pre-law student, I admire your steadfastness, your ethics and the doors you continue to open for Women of Color.

Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword dot com or tweet me@kristiweb.

Something Like A Superlesbian News – Sally Ride to get posthumous Medal of Freedom

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Last night, NASA and Sally Ride Science held ” Sally Ride : A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy,” a national tribute to America’s first woman in space. The special event was held at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. EDT. It was a wonderful event celebrating Ride and her work with the space program as well as her work promoting math and science for students.

In other news, President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.

Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engineering and math.

Ride rode on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She died in July 2012 at 61 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ride broke another barrier by disclosing that she was gay at the end of an obituary she co-wrote with her same-sex partner before her death. The White House says Ride’s partner was notified last week of the award along with her mother and sister.

The award will be presented later this year.

Source: Associated Press

Something Like A Super Lesbian: @Martina Navratilova

Martina-Navratilova-1978-WimbledonBefore there was a Jason Collins…. Before there was a Britney Griner… there was our newest inductee to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians, and one of the best tennis players of all time, Martina Navratilova.

Navratilova dominated Women’s professional tennis for over a decade. She’s won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles. I could go on and on about her titles and accomplishments but that’s what Wikipedia is for. But it’s pretty safe to say she meets the criteria of an athlete [check].

Martina came out publicly as a lesbian back in 1981…. yes 1981. Let’s put this in perspective, in 1981 Jason Collins was sitting in diapers, and Britney… Well Britney wasn’t even a twinkle her father’s eye.

Did I mention she even dated another 80s celezbrity Rita Mae Brown (yes the one who wrote Rubyfruit Jungle)? That’s pretty gay to us [check check].

1_1328753439_1328753447_640x640Martina, you might not be a super lesbian but you are definitely something like it… from your dominance on the court and your fearlessness in your convictions you have been a shining example for professional athletes for over 30 years.

For more on Martina Navratilova:

Follow her on twitter at simply @martina or visit her website here.

Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword.com or tweet me@kristiweb.

Something Like A Super Lesbian: Julie Mehretu

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Our newest inductee to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians is Ethiopian-born artist, Julie Mehretu.

Best known for her large-scale abstract paintings, Mehretu’s Grey Area, itself composed of 6 large-scale paintings, was a featured exhibit at the Guggenheim in 2009. In 2010, she was commissioned by Goldman Sachs for a multi-million dollar, 80 foot mural for their Goldman Sachs Tower in downtown New York (which you can see from the street if you are in the area).

Today, her work can be found in various public and private collections around the United States and Europe. She is often named as one of the most critically acclaimed artists of our time, both nationally and internationally.

Mehretu shares her studio and life with her partner (and fellow artist), Jessica Rankin. The pair welcomed a new baby in 2011, joining their son, Haile.

julie-mehretuJulie, you might not be a super lesbian but you are definitely something like it… your ability to deconstruct our traditional view of structure and architecture and liberate us from its constraint is simply amazing.

To see more of her work, please visit her artist’s page at the artnet and read about her love story with Jessica on Out.com here.

Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword.com or tweet me@kristiweb.

Something Like A Super Lesbian: Jenna Lyons @jcrew

jenna-lyons-vogue1Happy humpday! I have kinda been sucking on my SLSL posts as of late. This is mostly because my Mac is one step from the Apple graveyard and it aggravates me to no end. I’m going to do better *big smile*.

To be honest it wasn’t until I was watching Mother O‘s “Where Are They Now?” that I was inspired (and reminded that I was past due on a post).

Our newest indoctorate to the League of Extraordinary Lesbians is actually a pretty new member of  the League of Any Kind of Lesbian, BUT THAT’S WHY WE LOVE HER. She is another shining example that goldstars are only important on preschool bulletin boards.  Yes we are talking about the fabulous Jenna Lyons (of whom I have intense ocular envy).

Jenna Lyons has been a fashion icon since joining J. Crew over 20 years ago. In a world of super models and super egos, Jenna’s charm and charisma has made her a leader of the pack. She has definitely elevated J. Crew to a power fashion house as its President and Executive Director. How high you ask? All the way to the top, as FLOTUS Michelle Obama is one of the brand’s biggest fans.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know where you were with the lezzie proclamation heard round the fashion world was made… Okay maybe I am exaggerating a smidge but I was going for flare.  After 9 years of being married to ex husband Vincent, Lyons publicly acknowledged her relationship with Courtney Crangi (yep Philip Crangi‘s sister) at Glamour’s 2012 Women of the Year Awards.

Jenna and Solange *swoon*

Jenna and Solange *swoon*

The thing that I love most about Jenna is her style, her self assurance, and her ability to make it look effortless. She doesn’t try to explain herself or her relationship.

“When I was young and people judged me for things I had no control over, that was really hard, so I’m incredibly open to people doing whatever works for them,” she said. “It’s just as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else. It certainly is strange to wake up, at 44, and look at the person next to you and think: ‘Oh! This wasn’t what I expected.’ But I don’t think love works that way, and I am O.K. with that.” Snagged from the NYT

Jenna, you might not be a super lesbian but you are definitely something like it… thank you for keeping us fabulous.

For more on Jenna Lyons:

Follow her her baby @jcrew and visit her fashion picks here

Do you know any SLSLs in your neck of the woods? Email me at kristi at the kword.com or tweet me @kristiweb.