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.

LaShawn McGhee

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LaShawn McGhee doesn’t just curate; she “queerates.” As one of the co-founders of Revry Inc., a digital streaming platform devoted to LGBTQ content, McGhee is dedicated to showcasing the queer experience through media while amplifying the voices of the artists making that content. It was a dearth of representation in mainstream television and media “for girls like me who are masculine-of-center lesbians” that led her to throw her own point of view into the digital media ring. She wanted to see more diverse stories being told and knew she could help get them in front of audiences. “We are a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-gendered group of people with rich and interesting stories to tell, and we need to share our stories with the world,” she says. The platform streams domestic and international works of narrative, documentary, originals, music, podcasts, and more. Some of the original projects that Revry has jumped behind: Room to Grow, a documentary screening at Outfest, and The Drag Roast of Heklina, a feature headed to festivals this summer. In addition to McGhee’s work with Revry, the film editor (and former army nurse) also lends her taste and expertise as head of production for OUT Web Fest, a short-form digital media festival in Los Angeles that focuses on queer stories. McGhee credits the current way audiences consume media with her success. “I get to help filmmakers and content creators reach global audiences in a way that wasn’t possible until the current cord-cutting revolution,” she says. —SEJ

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