Unveiling the 2024 Curve Power List

From the desk of Curve’s Publisher, Franco Stevens

Statement of inclusivity: This Lesbian Visibility Week, let’s embrace our theme: “Unified, Not Uniform” We’re a diverse bunch, but together, we’re unstoppable. At The Curve Foundation, inclusivity isn’t just a buzzword. It’s at the heart of everything we do. Throughout LVW, let’s celebrate our differences and uplift everyone, especially people of color, trans, non-binary, and marginalized community members. This week, let’s ensure everyone feels seen, heard, valued, and energized!

Photo By: Barak Shrama

As Lesbian Visibility Week arrives, we’re bursting with excitement to unveil the inaugural Curve Power List, a celebration of 50 LGBTQ+ women and nonbinary individuals who are creating seismic shifts in the United States. From sports and entertainment icons to corporate leaders and politicians, these individuals are breaking barriers, challenging norms, and leaving an indelible mark on our community and beyond.

Picking this list was challenging, to say the least. We aimed to represent diverse voices and perspectives based on myriad public nominations. We were happily surprised to receive nearly one thousand nominations! Some nominations were submitted by peers, mentors or employers who knew the candidates personally. Others came from fans, throwing out their favorite sports heroes, celebrities or political and nonprofit movers and shakers. All in all, narrowing down a thousand entries worthy of recognition to a powerful, diverse list of fifty was painstakingly difficult. But we stuck to our plan and kept the list to 50, keeping this year’s LVW theme of “Unified, Not Uniform” in mind. 

We know that everyone’s list would be different. Let’s not forget that this list is anything but static. It’s a living, breathing testament to the ever-evolving landscape of LGBTQ+ achievement. What was true yesterday may not hold true tomorrow, and that’s the beauty of progress. We consider this year a starting point, recognizing this group’s monumental impact on shaping culture, policy, and social change. But make no mistake—this is just the beginning. Next year, we plan to expand our list, ensuring that more facets of LGBTQ+ excellence are celebrated.

So, as we enter Lesbian Visibility Week, let’s not just celebrate; let’s amplify. Join us in honoring these luminaries, these game-changers, these curve-shapers. Let’s elevate the stories of these remarkable individuals, ignite conversations, and inspire action. Because when LGBTQ+ voices are heard, the world becomes a more vibrant, inclusive place for us all. 

But why stop there? The Curve Power List is only the beginning of Lesbian Visibility Week USA. Visit the official Lesbian Visibility Week USA website for all the LVW details and events. Here’s a taste of the events from coast to coast:

  • Monday, April 22nd: Invite some pals over and get the popcorn ready! Netflix will kick off Lesbian Visibility Week by showing the critically acclaimed documentary AHEAD OF THE CURVE!
  • Friday, April 26th: Join virtually for a lively discussion with some of the largest lesbian archives in the country, with special guest Joan Nestle!
  • Saturday, April 27th: Options galore! You can head to Indianapolis for Sapphic Saturday – a full day of live music, or go to Provincetown, MA, for the “A League of our Own Softball Tournament.” Or, cuddle on the sofa and watch our queer women of color short films program, presented by QWOCMAP.

Plus, we have an activation pack filled with suggestions on how you and your workplace can celebrate the week. Click here for the full lineup of events.

As we dive into this year’s events, we are already working on LVW25 and want you to join us. Have your company sponsor us in 2025. Donate today to The Curve Foundation. Support the work we do for our community. We are the only national nonprofit working on LGBTQ+ Women’s culture and stories. HELP us continue our work. Donate today.

Groundbreaking work like LVW takes a village. Big thanks to our tremendous sponsors and community supporters. Together we are making LVW possible!