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.

Elizabeth Ziff

Photo by Francesca Galliani

“I was never in the closet,” Elizabeth Ziff says. As the front woman of the rock trio BETTY, Ziff has been a recognizably “proud lesbo” even before the band’s heightened visibility on “The L Word,” where Ziff was also a writer/co-executive producer and composer for five seasons. “When I spoke about my being queer and a lesbian in the early days it was hard and scary and not a boon to my career,” Ziff says. “But I’ve never given a fuck about that, and I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who have supported me in every way, shape and form throughout my life.” Following suit, BETTY’s new album, “On The Rocks,” is as political as ever, with social activist anthem “Rise” providing a song to sing and march to. “I’ve lived my life as a proud and activist feminist,” Ziff says. And that has given her what she’s looking for: “Power.” —TB