Nine years ago, we began handing out yearly Visibility Awards to the actresses, characters, movies, and TV personalities that promoted positive visibility for gay and bi women. Last year, The AfterEllen Visibility logged nearly one million votes. Now it’s finally time to open the door for you to nominate your favorites for 2013. You can click on each category and leave your nominations in the comments section of the individual posts. Voting will be open until Sunday, December 15th and on Monday, December 16th, we’ll announce the official nominees for each category and you can begin campaigning for your favorites.
Every year we ask our writers to come up with gift-giving ideas for the women in our lives, and it unintentionally doubles as an interesting social experiment. (Results: Not typical.) Everyone gets to choose the category (aka kind of person) they are choosing presents for, and then they go to work finding the items (or in some cases, experiences) that they believe that woman would want. Now we’re not saying we get it all right, but we can almost guarantee that our picks will please whatever lucky lady you are shopping for.
Most gift guides will tout pricey electronics or brand new merchandise created just for the craze that is this money-making time of year. Instead, we hope to provide you with alternatives that are frequently women or lesbian-made, and something your giftee would not already be getting from her mom or brother or Santa Claus.
Angel Haze has been lauded as the future of hip-hop, the second coming of rap. Whether you agree with that assertion or not, it’s hard to deny that her career has certainly been groundbreaking. The 22-year-old who, by her own admission, was raised in a “cult” and not allowed to listen to music as a kid, didn’t hear her first rap beat until she was 16 years old. Yet, four years later she was spitting out rhymes like she had been weaned on Shade 45 and mix tapes.
A gay roundtable discussion from Vibe magazine
Mary J. Blige loves you, you lesbian.