Lez Dish It Out! The AfterEllen Les/Bi News Roundup

Switching gears from pop culture to politics for some happy news for once! In case you haven’t heard, Seattle has a lesbian mayor!

Meet Jenny Durkan.

A little something called Election Day happened on Tuesday. Although many of us went to bed with some serious PTSD that night in remembrance of the presidential election, we woke up with so much to celebrate this year, including Seattle’s first openly gay mayor.

Not only is Jenny Durkan the first lesbian mayor Seattle has ever had, she’s almost the first female mayor the city has elected in over 90 years. She celebrated her win with a favorite Seattle meal, and probably lots of new followers on Twitter.

Can you feel it, family? That’s the sound of the rising tide of the resistance. It’s time.

Out Magazine has released their OUT100 2017, a celebration of the most influential LGBT people of the year. Let’s go over a few highlights, shall we?

Lena Waithe was selected as Artist of the Year!

She won an Emmy, and was the first lesbian and black woman to do so for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Now she’s working on writing her very own television show, The Chi. Lena Waithe is a powerhouse, and we’re thrilled to see her receive this honor.

Billie Jean King was named the Lifetime Achievement Honoree for her countless works on gender equality, women’s rights, and LGBT representation and equality.

Over on Twitter, King doesn’t stop lifting others up long enough to do any bragging on herself, and that’s why she’s on this list.