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.

Laura Zak

Photo by Kathi Bahr

As the co-creator and star of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning web series “Her Story,” Laura Zak credits a lot of her success to being out. “There’s a certain alchemy that can occur when you live truthfully and confidently,” she says. The success of “Her Story” (which also won Gotham and GLAAD awards) largely has to do with the characters in it living both truthfully and confidently, and Zak says one of the reasons she got into acting was because she wanted to help tell stories of honest and self-loving queer characters. “Being out in the entertainment industry today can bring about more opportunities, especially among LGBTQ creators interested in hiring within the community,” says Zak, who will appear on Season 2 of Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s Seeso series “Take My Wife.” “It also helps that I came up in the indie world where there are fewer voices dictating how to market yourself, and authenticity is not only encouraged, it’s demanded.” —TB

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