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.

Mary Emily O’Hara

Photo courtesy Mary Emily O’Hara

NBC News writer Mary Emily O’Hara has been reporting since she was a teenager. “I decided to pursue journalism after years of self-publishing zines and writing for small indie publications,” she says. “As soon as I began writing, I knew it was what I was meant to do with my life.” O’Hara has had her work featured in the Daily Dot, VICE, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, to name a few, and is often covering topics that affect marginalized communities (LGBT and otherwise). “I always feel most proud of my work when I see it contributing to some form of social or policy change,” she says. In 2017, O’Hara broke the story of the movement to gain legal recognition for non-binary, agender and intersex people. “It’s truly incredible to see two U.S. states now preparing to offer a third gender marker on ID cards and driver licenses, and although that’s the result of many efforts from many people, I do feel like my reporting has contributed to growing awareness of the need for such a move,” she says. “It’s like watching history being made while you’re still writing it down. An incomparable feeling!” —TB