20-something Magazine Covers Featuring Lesbians of Color

All this talk about magazine covers, starring folks that won’t be name, got us to thinking —  Aside from Ellen, where are the lesbian cover girls?

A few keystrokes later, I found an autostraddle posting called 100 Awesome Magazine Covers Starring Lesbians. As awesome as they indeed were, one thing jumped out at me…there were very few lesbians (or bisexuals) of color.

So with a little luck and a lot of google, I have found 20(ish) magazine covers featuring lesbians of color. Take a look. Which covers are we missing?

P.S. We know Queen Latifah is not a self-proclaimed lesbian but I love that cover.

Something Like A Super Lesbian: Lorraine Hansberry

LORRAINE HANSBERRYI can’t believe it has been so long since I have written about a SLSL (Something Like a Super Lesbian). In my mind I planned to do one at least once a week but I think I am 2 months off that plan.

The last amazing woman I highlighted was Mabel Hampton, contributor to the  Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York.

Today I am able happy to highlight prolific screenwriter, Lorraine Hansberry.

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Audre Lorde

lordpic1Happy Wednesday! I am still recovering from HerWinterParty (feel free to judge me) but I do believe I am getting back in the swing of things. As some of you have seen, there is a viewing of the film Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years being held at the Museum of  Contemporary Art on March 27th. I will definitely be there and hope to meet some of my Miami lezzies.

I know that many of you already know who Audre Lorde is, but unfortunately there are just as many who only know the picture of her holding her glasses. The picture is pretty iconic in black lesbian culture, let’s discuss the icon featured.

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Julia Penelope (In Memoriam)

penelo01Lesbian feminist writer, philosopher, linguist, and political activist Julia Penelope has died at age 71.

Penelope, a Florida native, died Saturday in Texas, Windy City Times reports. She produced numerous books as either author or editor, including Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology; The Original Coming Out Stories; Finding the Lesbians; International Feminist Fiction; Sexual Practice/Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism; Lesbian Culture: An Anthology; Out of the Class Closet: Lesbian Speak; Call Me Lesbian: Lesbian Lives, Lesbian Theory; and Crossword Puzzles for Women.

She taught at several universities, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, but she “was reportedly c_AllysonABeutkepassed over for promotions because of her focus on lesbian issues,” Windy City Times notes. She was one of the first professors to teach courses in women’s studies. She also encountered difficulties with academic authorities in her student years, having been asked to leave Florida State University in 1959 because she was a lesbian. She went on to receive degrees from the City University of New York and University of Texas at Austin.

“But some survive. Many of us have lived to tell our stories, to create Lesbian texts, to read Lesbian texts, even to write commentaries and criticisms of Lesbian texts. All of these activities must be pluralized, multiplied, complicated, and pluralized again, because there is no single, narrow, one-sentence definition of “The Lesbian.” The sexologists may have been the ones to name us, but we can, and do, create ourselves. Our of a mishmash of disinformation, misinformation and outright lies, each Lesbian constructs some story about who she is and who she might someday be…”
― Julia Penelope, Call Me Lesbian: Lesbian Lives, Lesbian Theory

Julia, you might not have been a super lesbian but thank you for giving us a voice and a pioneering the critical study of the lesbian experience.

Call Me Lesbian is the next book on my reading list! What about you?

Something Like A Super Lesbian: Ashley Broadway

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Happy Monday! Happy MLK Day! Happy Inauguration Day! There is a lot to be happy about  today it seems. I had an amazing weekend getting my serve on for National Day of Service. How about you? I hope it was splendid.

You might not know our newest SLSL by name but Ashley Broadway, a lesbian Army spouse, has become the recent face of same-sex partners in the military.

Back in December, Broadway, the newlywed wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack, announced she was blocked from joining the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses, for being a lesbian. Originally, citing Broadway’s lack of a military ID as the reason she was denied, the organization now says they are reviewing their bylaws. As a way to appease Broadway, and to combat the controversy that has mounted, the ABOS offered her a “special guest membership”.  Broadway said No Way!

images-Lesbian_wife_of_female_Army_officer_banned_831324997“Ashley is not a ‘guest’ military spouse. She is a military spouse, plain and simple,” Stephen
Peters, of the American Military Partner Association, said in a statement. “So the idea that the organization, in order to end the negative attention they are getting because of their outright discrimination, wants to give her a ‘guest membership’ is not only offensive, but ridiculous.”

Pretty much.

Amy, you might not be a super lesbian but by refusing to compromise the legitimacy your marriage you are indeed a super wife. And those who don’t like it are going to have to deal.

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

FOR DISCUSSION: What do you think you would do in this situation? Would you have taken the “guest membership”?

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Liz Carmouche @iamgirlrilla

046_Liz_Carmouche-199x300Happy Thursday! It’s almost time to say Cheers to the weekend! Any hot plans? I will be getting my servalite on as part of the National Day of Service. More on that later…

As my first act of sharing, let me introduce our newest SLSL, professional MMA fighter, Liz Carmouche.

I will be the first to tell you that I don’t know much (read: ANYTHING) about the UFC or MMA in general. I was never really big on watching men pummel each other. *shrugs* 

The other day one of my coworkers mentioned that they love watching MMA. Me being me, I made an off color comment about how she only likes it for the eye candy. With a perfect side eye and a smirk (as if I had fallen for her trap), she said “You might want to google Liz Carmouche…”

Well excuuuuuuuse me.

After spending five years in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter electrician, including doing three tours in the Middle East, Liz “Girlrilla” Carmouche has become the first openly gay or lesbian competitor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Something Like A Super Lesbian: Rachel Maddow @maddow

Rachel  on the Advocate Cover Source: The Advocate

Rachel on the Advocate Cover Source: The Advocate

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a wonderful time in the Keys, thank you for asking. On the way home, I re-imagined a series of posts that I have been wanting to do for quite a while featuring lesbians doing big (and small things) in the universe. You know I don’t believe superlesbians exist BUT if they did these women would definitely be a part of the L-Women… L-Team… League of Extraordinary Lesbians… Ok I’m done… I promise.

My feelings for my first SLSL are well-documented on twitter and are well-known in any relationship I’m in. I am an extreme sapiosexual so this woman is the cream of the crop. I won’t reduce this post to a declaration of unrequited love, but yes I am talking about the amazing Rachel Maddow. Continue reading