Edie Windsor and the win over DOMA, Diana Nyad’s record-breaking swim, Mary Lambert’s unforgettable duet of “She Keeps Me Warm” with Jennifer Hudson at the Video Music Awards -- it’s been a year of immeasurable strides for out women. Celebrities and sports figures have come out (some rather unexpectedly) and some out women just continued to do what they’ve always done best – be irrepressibly visible!
Please join us in reminiscing about the year in out women, and don’t forget to VOTE for who you think should be Woman of the Year. We will close the voting on Monday, Dec. 23, and announce the winner on Dec. 30. You can vote for multiple people per submission. And while we are ostensibly voting for a #1, these 15 women are already winners for their continued success and devotion to furthering visibility and representing LGBT women.
Oscar-Winning Actress Jodie Foster
In one of the milestones of the entertainment calendar, actress Jodie Foster effectively came out at the Golden Globes while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her 47 years of work in the entertainment industry. While the speech befuddled many — Foster did not directly declare that she was a lesbian — her speech addressed the difficulties that LGBT actors face in Hollywood, including the right to live a private life amidst a culture that demands overexposure.
"I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the Stone Age, those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers, and then gradually and proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met,” she said. “If you had to fight a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you too would value privacy above all else — privacy.”
The Academy Award-winning actress remains a major influencer in the entertainment world, having starred alongside Matt Damon in the box office hit Elysium, a science fiction thriller that tackled real world social issues like health care, class, and immigration. Foster also directed an episode of the landmark Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a prison comedy that features prominent lesbian themes and characters.