100 Women We Love: Class Of 2018

Each one of these women, in her own unique way, is a role model who exemplifies the best of the LGBTQ community.

DJ Citizen Jane

Photo by Keans Llamera

Music has the power to unite people, something that DJ Citizen Jane has harnessed to forge a personal and professional mission. As one of the most in-demand DJs for LGBTQ events — especially women’s events — Citizen Jane likes to “break through the subtle music barriers between several diverse groups,” including gay men, and women, and mainstream audiences. Her resume “reads like a circuit party passport that keeps growing every year,” with headlining gigs at The Dinah, Aqua Girl, and Girls in Wonderland, and even the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras fest that set 45,000 attendees dancing to her beats. She’s played at some of the hottest clubs, venues, and music festivals in the world, from Canada and Europe to Madison Square Garden. She’s a three-time Pink Flamingo Award winner, where the public voted her “Best DJ.” Citizen Jane has managed to keep her appeal versatile thanks to an innate belief that difference can be transcended through music. “Music makes people come together, no matter what race, color, gender, or sexual orientation,” she says. Now, she’s turning her attention to her first love in music: singing. Citizen Jane’s new single, “Rescue Me,” comes out in July. Whether it’s behind the decks or behind a mic, Citizen Jane uses music to “get people out of their heads and let them escape their problems and worries.” —SEJ