100 Women We Love 2011

The 100 Women We Love – out artists, elected officials, business leaders, athletes, community activists – are role models for us all. Many are up-and-coming movers and shakers; some are at the zenith of their careers. Some of their achievements change our world and, just as importantly, others improve the world’s perception of out women. They all strive tirelessly to increase our visibility and continue our incredible progress toward equality and justice.

We proudly present the class of 2011, in random order, so each gets her well-deserved turn in the spotlight.


Ryann Makenzi Holmes is the co-founder of bklyn boihood, a collective that creates visibility and builds community within masculine of center bois, lesbians, queers, trans-identified, studs, doms, butches and AGs of color. To this end, bklyn boihood produces online media, events, workshops and collaborative projects. An entrepreneur and community organizer, Holmes recently completed her graduate work in Baruch College’s MBA program. Her current focus is on expanding the scope of bklyn boihood to include more hosting opportunities for networking, substantial program development and using social innovation to empower individuals and community efforts on a global scale. What motivates this tireless advocate? “The depth and diversity of all the brown bois I encounter inspire me—the differences in their experiences in the world but mostly their determination and their courage to take up space despite all the challenges they face.” –CM

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