100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Jenna Wortham

Photo by Heather Stern

As a staff writer and podcaster for the New York Times magazine, Jenna Wortham has covered Whitney Houston, “The Bachelorette” and “Baywatch” with a critical eye—and that’s just in the last few months. Most of what she has to say reflects her commitment to inclusiveness and pointing out missed opportunities in entertainment and pop culture. “I got into writing and journalism because I wanted to make sure there were more queer black stories in the media,” Wortham says. “Growing up, I rarely saw myself on screen and on the page, and I remember how satisfying it was when I came across that reflection. I want to offer that up to others, so they know they aren’t alone.” Wortham can be heard regularly as the co-host of the Times’ podcast, Still Processing, and is working alongside artist Kimberly Drew on an art project-turned-book “exploring black creativity” called “The Black Futures Project.” “Visibility isn’t necessarily enough,” Wortham says, “but it’s still so important.” —TB

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