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.

Michelle King

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A lifelong music lover who would always share her melodic discoveries with her friends, Michelle King took her passion and channeled it into a career of helping artists reach larger audiences. King is the owner of Austin, Texas-based public relations company Noisy Ghost PR. “Now,” she says, “I get to share new music with the world.” Her company mainly focuses on spreading the word about indie musicians, with many queer artists among her clients. Xiu Xiu, Sick of Sarah, Shirlette Ammons, Kerchief, and Frankie Simone have all been on her client roster. One of the ways she gets queer artists noticed is through her other role, as Public Relations Manager for The Dinah, the massive Palm Springs women’s festival. It was at The Dinah earlier this year that King experienced a career highlight, when rapper Brooke Candy told her she is a “good publicist” during a backstage conversation. Noisy Ghost’s latest work involves partnering with the Contrast Film Festival, a queer- and female-focused film and performance art fest in Austin. “Creating exposure for artists whose work deserves to be appreciated by larger audiences is immensely rewarding,” King says. “I enjoy remaining behind the scenes while still working in a creative field and using my skills as a communicator to put others in the spotlight.” —SEJ