Top ten Chicago lesbians to look out for in 2012

Deadline for submissions was January 20th. We are no longer accepting nominations.

With 2011 safely in our rearview mirrors, the L Stop crew thought that now would be a good time to look ahead into 2012 and introduce you to some of the ladies in our very own community to look out for. While there are certainly a bunch of talented ladies on our radar, we wanted to hear directly from you, our friends and readers, to find out which ladies should be featured in our first annual “Ten Lesbians To Look Out For”.

That’s right, we want you to tell us about Chicago-based lesbians whose talents, expertise, advocacy and overall personas are helping to beautify Chicago just by waking up each morning.

Before you nominate your girlfriend, best friend, favorite bartender or dog walker, try to keep a few things in mind: We’re looking for lesbians who are out making noise on the scene. We’re talking the artists, the advocates, the athletes, the caregivers, the people making the parties and the ladies who protect us. You’ve got some ladies in mind? Great, now here’s what we need from you between January 9th-20th:

  • Email us at:
  • In 500 words or less, rave about the awesomeness of the person you are nominating and let us know why they are someone we should be keeping in eye on in 2012.
  • Let us know the best way for us to get in touch with you (email/phone/singing telegram/Bat signal)
  • Tell your friends that they can submit nominations too

When you’re done with that, sit back, relax and join us out at some events we’ll be having in the next two weeks:

1-13-12 // Happy Hour Speed Dating at Parlour on Clark
1-17-12 // Mad for Martinis at Minibar Business Networking For Women

Then, count down the days until the unveiling of 2012’s Top 10 Lesbians To Look Out For.

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16 Responses to “Top ten Chicago lesbians to look out for in 2012”

  1. 2 werdz


    Posted by Anthony Stagg | January 11, 2012, 6:25 pm
  2. My vote is for Jenny Urban as one of the top Lesbians to look out for in 2012. Jenny and I have worked on a few social justice projects in Chicago. Jenny uses her creativity as a chef and a musician to do some healing work in communities. It is always good when someone doesn’t hide their gifts under a bushel so to speak. So vote for Jenny!

    Posted by Lisa Nigro | January 13, 2012, 10:20 am
  3. I propose for your consideration, Ripley Caine who for many years has hosted Cake Chicago – an amazing platform in our fair city – providing a regular opportunity for artists and perfomers from all backgrounds and perspectives to display their craft in an inspired setting. In addition to creating, managing and promoting this forum, Ripley Caine is a performing and recording artist in her own right and regularly lends her time, talent and experience to events, films and programmes dedicated to the support and benefit of the GLBTQI community across Chicagoland. Ripley is an active voice and a leader in her community and should be strongly considered for this nomination.

    Posted by Jean-Michel Chevalier | January 14, 2012, 10:28 am
  4. A very focused pair of eyes should be kept on Chicago’s Frenchie Amanti. She is the perfect role model for the young up and coming lesbians. Frenchie Amanti is a 21 year old entrepreneur with her hands in everything, music, photography, videos, fashion, and even her own fragrance.She is the proud owner of The Amanti House and by far the most ambitious person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I think it’s important to pay homage to the younger lesbian who show determination and sets an example for our future generations. Frenchie Amanti is everything that should be applauded and admired, and will be so much more in the year 2012.

    Posted by Allie | January 17, 2012, 9:47 pm
  5. There is nothing quite as special as a strong, dedicated, smart woman who knows how she can help the world. A woman who attempts to help others more than she ever thinks about helping herself. From seeing her do more volunteer work than I can imagine, to seeing her interact with younger women around the Chicago scene, I never cease to be amazed by her work ethic or her dedication to improving the community. As a women who will be making a huge difference in society for the next fifty years, Lauren Carter has already earned her place among Chicago’s top ten lesbians to look out for. Lauren is one of the main reasons I, A 28 year old straight male, keep becoming more interested in the fight for sexual and gender based equality. Her understanding of the need for inclusion has nothing but positive things to say about her maturity, and her ability to bring new allies to just side of a growing war.

    Posted by Happy Duck | January 19, 2012, 4:53 pm
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    Posted by ashely | January 19, 2012, 8:17 pm
  7. My vote is for the extremely beautiful and incredibly talented Kristen Beauford. The 24 year old performing and recording artist is doing more than making noise, she’s rocking the boat. Kris also known as DeLaRash has traveled all over the nation, performing at benefits, fundraisers, and community festivals, using both her music and poetry to inform, educate, and inspire her audience. Kris isn’t just reaching out to her peers, The DePaul University graduate is also reaching back ,by teaching critical thinking and media literacy through creative writing at an after school program to a group of Chicago’s youth. As an advocate for the LGBTQ community myself I couldn’t be prouder to have her on our team. You can hear the passion, and the yearning to change the world in every lyric that she sings, and poem that she recites. The Chicago native is an artist in every sense of the word, look out for her because she defiantly looking out for us.

    Posted by Brooke | January 19, 2012, 11:50 pm
  8. Without a doubt, the most awesome lesbian I know is Abby Smith, director of I first encountered Abby back in 2002 when I was looking to adopt a cat for companionship. I wandered into after having an extremely disappointing encounter at another shelter. I was thoroughly grilled by Ms. Smith which was at first upsetting. After all, it’s just a cat, right? I soon realized this was to ensure a good home for the cat I ended up adopting and falling in love with.
    The majority of the cats at have had the worst treatment imaginable and Abby would NOT stand for one more bit of this! and Abby Smith are all about the cats period and if someone doesn’t like it, they will be shown the door promptly. it’s very obvious that this shelter is run on a very limited budget but this has never deterred Abby in the least. She’s always positive, very caring, and willing to do anything to help the cats. She has stated that she got into running the shelter because she wanted to make as difference. This is very obvious after a visit to the shelter. There are no Lexus’s parked outside, fancy-ass offices, no extravagance in any shape or form. After all it IS “all about the cats”.

    Posted by Vern Hallas | January 20, 2012, 12:10 am
  9. 3 words
    Ditto Jenny Urban

    Posted by mn | January 20, 2012, 1:53 am
  10. I nominate Abby Smith, Executive Director of Felines Inc. Abby has created an oasis for homeless animals at this no-kill shelter, and creates a fun working environment for staff and volunteers alike. Her positive energy is contagious! In the past year, Abby has doubled the capacity of Felines Inc., added a dog program, branched out to the suburbs, and will soon be offering new programs and services to the community. There are many exciting things in the making at Felines Inc., which makes Abby Smith one person to look out for in 2012!

    Posted by Renea Burman | January 20, 2012, 10:47 am
  11. In a city with many animal welfare advocates, Abby Smith is a true leader. Her Felines Inc. has “led the pack (or, more accurately, clowder)” as a compassionate cat shelter. It is without hesitation that I nominate her as a star to follow in 2012.

    Posted by Michele Gaspar | January 20, 2012, 11:54 am
  12. Abby Smith without a doubt!! She is a force to be reckoned with. Who else could bring a shelter back from almost being closed to the beautiful new one being biult right now! She is the ONE!!!

    Posted by janet lucero | January 20, 2012, 5:34 pm
  13. I agree, that artist, producer,filmaker , activist and owner of The Amanti House Frenchie Amanti has taken Chicago by storm. A great leader, in which she should not be overlooked. Not only is she breaking barriers in the entertainment world, but also giving back by raising money for japan during their earthquake and teaming up with Vh1-save the music to raise awareness for inner-city schools who don’t have music programs. She is amazing and having the pleasure of meeting her and watching her be so humble about all her success is why i had to nominate her.

    Posted by Chloe | January 20, 2012, 6:41 pm
  14. I’d like to add my vote for Abby Smith, for all the reasons already stated, above. Her singular devotion to the rescue of cats in need would be impressive in any worker behind-the-scenes. But her gregariousness, down-to-earth manner and personal warmth make her an exceptional advocate for animal welfare. She’s a shining example of humane philosophy in practice, who would probably scoff at this kind of praise.

    Posted by Dan | January 20, 2012, 9:25 pm
  15. I’d like to vote for Abby Smith. Since we adopted 1 of our 2 cats from Felines Inc. back in 2008 I have followed Abby and Felines Inc on facebook and seen all of the wonderful events and changes she has brought to the shelter including the pending renovation of the shelter space. She is doing amazing work!

    Posted by Diana | January 22, 2012, 1:06 pm
  16. I would like to throw my vote to Erica Quinn. She is the CEO of Roxx Promotions a LGBTQ lifestyle entertainment company established last spring. She has a go-getter attitude to fire up the community and I am proud to say I work with her. She should definitely be on a top 10 for the impact Roxx Promotions is creating.

    Posted by Corine Carlson | January 23, 2012, 10:01 pm

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