100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Gina Young

Photo courtesy Gina Young

“As a lifelong performer, I was always dissatisfied with the limits placed on women,” says Gina Young, a Los Angeles-based writer, director and songwriter who aims to create “new roles and stories that people haven’t seen before.” Following studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Young has penned performance pieces and plays including the dance/comedy “Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo” and the satire “Femmes: A Tragedy.” Her work has been presented by venues including the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), USC Visions and Voices, the Hammer Museum and the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Now she’s producing SORORITY, an experimental series featuring LGBTQ performers in a late-night salon, and Feminist Acting Class, which explores the intersection of feminist theory and theater. “So many women that met in my Feminist Acting Class are now making new work together in so many different genres, it’s incredible,” Young says, adding that seeing the participants meet new friends, lovers and artistic collaborators at her classes and events is what she enjoys most. “Don’t just find a girlfriend and stay in watching Netflix forever,” she admonishes. “I mean, do that too—but don’t forget to keep one foot in activism and art. Community is an active verb.” —KL

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