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.

Sinclair

Photo by Steven Alan

Music is so ingrained within Sinclair that the artist says singing and playing one of her many instruments is the way she gets through the “rough shit.” “It’s the only thing I can to do to express my feelings or to heal from pain,” she says. “It’s kind of a gut reaction and very much a part of my bones, I suppose.” One of nine children born to a pastor in Upstate New York, Sinclair had a difficult coming out process (“I thought I could pray the gay away. So naive!”), but turned the hardships into music like her autobiographical track “This Too Shall Pass,” which has more than 11 million streams on Spotify. Sinclair decided to start over, moving to Nashville with her wife, Natalie Rose. (“It was exactly what I needed!”) Now she’s in the studio working on the follow-up to her EP, “CLR BLND.” “When people reach out to me and tell me how deeply my music has impacted them, or share special memories of them with their lover finding each other and my music is the soundtrack to so many of their moments,  it’s the most important thing to me,” she says. “That my music can reach people in ways that no other communication can, you know? Art is wild like this—and touching people through the music is the reward.” —TB