It’s been a pretty busy media week here at the Blend! Take a click over to two publications for some news about the coffeehouse.
First, visit Velvetpark’s Official Top 25 Significant Queer Women of 2010, where you’ll see our direct action barista Autumn Sandeen honored at #17:
Velvetpark’s year end round up of the most significant queer women of 2010 had our editors researching and wracking our brains for the last month. In selecting the Official Top 25 we decided to hone our criteria down to women who made a significant contribution to lesbian/dyke/trans/queer visibility in the areas of arts, culture and activism, or who made a critical impact on our social equality-this year. We also decided not to include any celebrities, even though we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have used their visibility to advance our equal rights. Instead we chose to honor the unsung heroes or individuals who came out of nowhere and gained national attention in the name of queer causes. As with last year’s list, our numbering is not meant to suggest a ranking system; each of the contributions made by our honorees has enriched our lives and our community.
It was Autumn Sandeen’s tireless coverage of the Angie Zapata hate crime murder trial that first landed her on our radar. Tweeting from inside the courtroom, Sandeen brought much-needed visibility to the horrific murder of a trans woman which the mainstream media mostly ignored. This spring, donning her Navy dress blues, the tireless activist, blogger, and military vet chained herself to the White House fence during GetEQUAL’s DADT protest. Sandeen’s dedication to the repeal of DADT stands out because the unjust law addressed only the military service of lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers, and as a trans woman, Ms. Sandeen is not included. Her rejection of the secular, self-serving politics that often colors LGBT issues makes her a role model for the rest of us.
She is honored along with some names you may know, such as Holly Hughes, filmmaker Barbara Hammer, Katie Miller, DADT Activist (who liveblogged here at the Blend) and Constance McMillian (of Mississippi prom fame), as well as some other brave people you should get to know — such as Kasha Jacqueline, Ugandan Lesbian Activist, and founder of FARUG and Kiana Firouz, Iranian Actress/Documentary Filmmaker/Activist.
More below the fold.And also in the news, journalist and blogger Rod McCullom and your blogmistress were interviewed by the new black LGBT -focused pub Swerv Magazine.