Posted August 7, 2009 by in WE LIKE

Top 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz

by MoonCake

Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP! Or POWER UP! If you haven’t heard about this already, Power Up! is a non-profit organisation set up in the USA with the motto “to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media”. How great is that!? They’ve been around since 2000 and they’ve been giving us the low down on the cream of the crop of gay women in showbiz.

It’s no surprise that Ellen topped the original list of ‘Most Powerful Gay Women’ in 2001 and Rosie O’Donnell the second list in 2002 so changes were in order to open up the nominations and here we are, with the most amazing gay women in showbiz of 2009. These women won’t be our regular celebrity types that we know from ‘showbiz’. To be quite honest, we probably won’t have heard of most of them (especially here in the UK).

But that’s not the point, is it? The list is about celebrating the achievements of gay women throughout the media industry, not how many fans they have or how much influence they possess. But yet, it is also something more; that there are so many women who are so proud of who they are and what they have accomplished that they would allow their names to be published so openly, to promote visibility of gay women in general. Every year this number will grow and I think it’s done a great deal for lesbians in society.

These women have been instrumental in giving us our own niche of lesbian movies (that don’t cross into the porn genre), hit shows such as South Of Nowhere and even an entire TV channel aimed at the LGBT audience in the form of LOGO. Power Up! themselves, gave us Itty Bitty Titty Committee and D.E.B.S., as well as providing the funding for many short films. What would we do without these women? Perhaps be severely bored on our movie nights in. We’d definitely never have had the L Word!

There’s an underlying problem here, though. Have you guessed it? I’ll give you a clue: it’s in the word ‘Showbiz’. Do we use that word in the UK? It’s all very well that the USA has a brilliant outfit to push for this visibility but where is our side of the story? As far as I can see, we don’t have one. Correct me if I’m wrong, please.

Maybe it’s time for us lesbians in the UK to get more ‘integrated’. Not just in entertainment perhaps. Top Ten Amazing Gay Women in the UK? Hmmm…

The awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Power Premiere Celebrity Gala on November 1st in Hollywood. For the first time, there will also be the Top 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz (they deserve a piece of the action too).

Top 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz                                 Top 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz

Kelly McGillis, actress                                                                      Paris Barclay, director and producer

Megan Cavanagh, actress                                                               Lance Bass, singer, actor, author, producer

Rachel Maddow, TV host                                                                 Bob Cohen, producer

Susan Miller, writer                                                                           C. Jay Cox, director, screenwriter

Patricia Resnick, writer                                                                   Silvio Horta, writer, producer

Carol Leifer, writer                                                                            Graham Kaye, Talent agent and President of CP Productions

Liz Feldman, writer                                                                            Mark V. Olsen, TV producer, screenwriter

Harriet Newman Leve, producer                                                  Will Scheffer, writer, producer

Sharon Isbin, musician                                                                    Don Roos, writer, director

Angela Courtin, Snr VP of Marketing for MySpace                    Gus Van Sant, director