100 Women We Love: Class Of 2018

Each one of these women, in her own unique way, is a role model who exemplifies the best of the LGBTQ community.

Stevie Boebi

Photo by Jenna Johns

It’s been a decade since Stevie Boebi started making queer-centric sex ed and dating videos on YouTube. And she can’t believe she’s one of the only ones doing so. At least she’s valiantly filling the void, one she encountered as a student growing up in Texas. Sex ed there was, “Don’t ever have sex or you’ll get pregnant and herpes and die,” she says. “So then I tried to look for queer sex ed videos and there just aren’t any. They don’t exist.” If no one else was going to make them, she decided she would. Her YouTube channel has grown in popularity, getting shortlisted for a 2018 DIVA award, and landing her a spot in the Washington Post’s “8 Channels We Actually Love.” Despite the accolades, there have been few copycats when it comes to lesbian sex education online. That shocks her. “Somehow,” she says, Boebi is “still the only person teaching lesbians how to have sex? What’s that about?” Her commitment to the topic is partially making amends for her own bad behavior in the past, she says. “Because of that terrible education, I was a piece of f*cking shit, so I wanna teach people how not to be pieces of f*cking shit.” —SEJ