A couple months back we asked our readers to rack their brains and their black-books and nominate the queer woman that they saw as the crem de la crem of the single community. With such beautiful, talented and passionate women brought to our attention in mere hours- we knew that we were in for a treat. The 18 women selected to compete for the title of “Most Eligible Queer Bachelorette” covered the broad spectrum of the queer community, and not one of them made the voting war easy on the others. After tens of thousands of votes, countless facebook campaigns and a few denied requests for personal information, one bachelorette caught the eye of almost 9,000 voters to make her our first ever Most Eligible Queer Bachelorette! Below you will read about our finalists- 5 women that you will be sure to hear about— or have the luck of running in to- in the future. We hope you enjoy this as much as we are looking forward to seeing next years nominations!
Favorite feature on a person: a beautiful smile
Celebrity crush: Mila Kunis
If you have ever wondered who the cute barista with the unforgettable smile making your Latte at the Boystown Caribou is, be thankful you are reading this. Kiera is a witty, warm, caring, funny, athletic, intelligent, fitness-lover. When Kiera is not at the gym, she is boxing, training, or escaping to Wisconsin for an afternoon on the boat. She loves all things outdoors and can be found playing softball or football with her friends on the weekends. Kiera also works as a personal trainer to help people get fit and healthy. She has worked as an EMT in the past and is in the process of earning her degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine. Although Kiera has a passion for fitness, she is not afraid to let loose and have a good time. She enjoys going out with her friends to the beach, a street festival, and hanging out on a rooftop drinking a beer. The only girl to have ever truly stolen Kiera’s heart is her Shitzu-Pom mix: Olive. Wherever Kiera goes, you will see Olive by her side. Olive is one spoiled pup who has almost as big of a wardrobe as her owner and enjoys spending afternoons at the dog beach. Olive stuck by Kiera’s side during her move back to Chicago (where she is originally from) after living in Miami, while she attended the University of Miami. If you see Kiera around, make sure you say hello. She bartends at the Closet a few evenings a week and could use some new faces to keep her company during her shift. If you DO run into her, make sure you ask her to tell you a pirate joke.
Neighborhood: Portage Park
Sign: Aries, on the cusp of Taurus
Celebrity Crush: Michelle Rodriquez …..hommina hommina hommina….
My name is Kathy and I am a 28 year old figure skating coach. I have been skating since I was three (teaching for the last ten years) and LOVE my job! I find it wonderfully fulfilling when I’m not only helping further my skaters physically, but teaching them life skills as well. I’m very friendly, loving, and caring femme but that doesn’t mean I don’t like getting down and dirty!!! Humor is a big part of my life, especially when it is the perfect mix of wit and silly that puts me into a fit of laughing! As a hopeless romantic, I am one to swoon, without fail, to the smallest of gestures. Indeed, it’s the small gestures that make relationships worth it.
One important thing I should add is that just in general, I am a pretty passionate person. About politics, equality for everyone (not just gays) and making the world a better place. And about little things like reading, science, being a Nerdfighter, the thirst for knowledge, and just how sexy nerds are, to me. In the end, I really believe that if you’re not passionate about something, you’re not awake.
Neighborhood: North Shore (I’m a suburbanite)
Is attracted to: femmes
Celebrity Crush: It’s a very varied list… Annie Clark, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Plimpton, Nancy McKeon, Raven-Symone
Allison is one L of a girl. She holds a degree in Women’s Studies from Purchase College and serves as Literary Coordinator of Pride Films & Plays’ Women’s Work, a writing contest for Sapphic plays and screenplays. Always the drama queen, Allison has written plays for festivals such as Snapshots (20% Theatre Chicago), Gay Play Series (Who Wants Cake? Theatre), Briefs (Theatre Out), Queer Shorts (StageQ), Girl Play (The Women’s Theatre Project), and I Can’t Think Straight (Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga). She also has a gay old time editing Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing published annually by NewTown Writers. When she is not on the write track, Allison performs in community theater, teaches drama to people with disabilities, and goes rubber duck hunting. Her favorite sound is Fran Drescher’s voice and her cocktail of choice is a Shirley Temple. She also has a fondness for Mad Libs, The Argyle Sweater, and The Baby-sitters Club.
Celebrity Crush: Rihanna
Veronica is the one queer Latina that you need to know. She is one sexy, sassy nerd that doesn’t let anything stop her, not even her physical disability nor wheelchair. She is a public health professional who works hard in advocating for social change in the LGBTQ community and others. When she’s not working, you can find her dancing in the street, in living room, or anywhere the dance bug hits her. Fun fact? Her first tattoo (on her breast) is a tribute to an alter ego: a tiger.
Is attracted to: femmes
Lisa is one half of the mastermind behind the brilliant and innovative website that you are reading right now. She co-founded The L Stop which has been up and running for about a year and a half. She is passionate about growing her business and enjoys being able to share all the good news that Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ community has to offer. She is also a member of the LGBTQ advisory council for the Cook County Attorney Generals office, and makes a damned good morning coffee. She is a sweet and intelligent woman; she dances but doesn’t over power, she laughs but doesn’t snort. Lisa has that calm, quiet Mex-Tex charm (and more than a few plaid shirts) that she brought with her to Chicago and never lost touch of who she is or where she comes from.