14 Queer Female Comedians You Need To Follow

14 Queer Female Comedians You Need To Follow

The comedians shining through the male-dominated comedy industry.

The comedy industry is a historically male-dominated field. It has taken world famous female and queer comedians twice as long to break into the industry as the thousands of male comics in mainstream comedy. And the women and queer comics who do manage break into the club are often times berated, harassed and threatened online for simply pursuing their passion, let alone doing their job. Similar to how queer folk and women are often times treated this way on a day to day basis for simply being ourselves. I wanted to shed light on some awesome queer and female comedians that you should check out.

1. Cameron Esposito

Known best for her stand-up comedy, Cameron Esposito's work often focuses on LGBTQ topics as well as her own sexuality. Check out her website and her Twitter.

2. Rhea Butcher

Married to Cameron Esposito, Butcher's also known for her stand-up comedy, writing producing, acting and podcast. Her work focuses on her personal experience as a butch lesbian, feminism, vegetarianism and her own love of baseball. Check out her website and Twitter.

3. Phoebe Robinson

Phoebe is a comedian, writer, and actress best known for her popular podcast "2 Dope Queens" co-hosted with her comic partner Jessica Williams. Check out her website and her Twitter.

4. Jessica Williams

Jessica is best known for her work on HBO's "Girls," her work as a Senior Correspondent on "The Daily Show" and as stated above, her popular podcast with Phoebe Robison, "2 Dope Queens." Check out her Twitter.

5. Fortune Feimster

Fortune is a writer, comedian and actress best known for "Office Christmas Party," "The Mindy Project" and her work on the Netflix Original "Chelsea." Check out her website and her Twitter.

6. Sam Jay

Sam is best known for her candid jokes about race, sexuality, and stereotypes. She's coming up right now, so check out her Twitter.

7. Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina is a comedian, dancer, host, actor and writer. She is best known for her work writing for "Canada's Got Talent" and her stand-up. Check out her website and her Twitter.

8. Margaret Cho

The legendary Margaret Cho is a comedian, actress, fashion designer, author, writer, and singer-songwriter. Check out her website and her Twitter.

9. Ilana Glazer

Ilana is a comedian, activist, writer, and actress famous for co-creating and co-starring in Comedy Central's "Broad City" with Abbi Jacobson based on their web series by the same name. Check out her Twitter and her Instagram.

10. Abbi Jacobson

Abbi is a comedian, actress, writer and illustrator famous for co-creating and co-starring in Comedy Central's "Broad City" with Ilana Glazer based on their web series by the same name. Check out her hilarious book of illustrations, "Carry This Book," her Twitter and her Instagram.

11. Issa Rae

Another powerhouse, Issa Rae is a comedian, writer, author, actress, director and television producer. Issa rose to popularity with her hit web series "The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl" which led to her book by the same name. This eventually led to her hit HBO series "Insecure" which will be returning for its second season on June 23--can't wait! Check out her website, her Twitter and her Instagram.

12. Kate McKinnon

Seriously, who doesn't love her? If you've been living under a rock, Kate is a comedian and actress best known her for sketch comedy work on "Saturday Night Live" as well as various big Hollywood film roles. You can find her everywhere.

13. Leslie Jones

Again, in case you have been living under a rock, powerhouse Leslie Jones is a comedian, actress, and writer best known for her sketch comedy as a cast member and writer for "Saturday Night Live." Despite a ton of disgusting sexist and racist slander and harassment, you can still check her out on social media and catch her hosting the 2017 BET Awards.

14. Wanda Sykes

Last but certainly not least is the one and only Wanda Sykes. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show in the late 1990s and has made countless roles shine since both her work as a writer, actress and comedian. Check out her website and her Twitter to learn more about all of her upcoming projects.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I Used To Think Height Didn't Matter, But Maybe It Really Does

I've come to a conclusion


I've had my fair share of boyfriends in the past. A common theme in my past choices of boys is that they were all an inch or two taller than me or the same height. Now, I am a little on the taller side considering that the average height for a woman in the US is 5 feet 4 inches tall. I'm not saying all the tall boys belong to all the tall girls and the shorter guys should stick with shorter girls, but I do think there might be something behind all this madness.

My reasoning for this is simple: I've been in an amazing relationship with someone who is fairly taller than me. Is this reason totally irrational and have no sort of concrete evidence for this argument? Yes, totally, but hear me out. All my other relationships haven't been this good or even had the potential to be this good. Is it a coincidence that they were all shorter? I think not!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with boys who are under 5'9''. There are some nice ones who probably don't talk to 5 other girls while you're dating, I just never happened to come across one back when I was in the game. I just find it interesting that I've been in a really healthy relationship for awhile now with someone who is over 6 feet tall.

Many amazing relationships have happened between all different types of people, no matter the height. It's just if you are having problems with boys who are under 6 feet, you may have some thinking to do.

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