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Grace Moon

OurChart began as a storyline on Showtime’s The L Word, and has rocketed into reality as an online social networking site for lesbians at OurChart.com. As managing editor, Grace Moon oversees content, including a recent slideshow featuring the work of dyke photographers. “There really is a sense of community and conversation,” she says of the site. “This is a place where the community can come together.” Moon has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and is also the founder of Velvetpark, a lushly visual arts-and-culture online magazine for lesbians. In 2004, when Moon applied for the trademark “Velvetpark: Dyke Culture in Bloom,” the request was denied; the U.S. Trademark and Patent office found the word “dyke” to be “immoral and scandalous.” With a push from Moon, the government agency eventually changed its position, accepting the trademark in 2006. –LL

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