Have you bought your ticket for the Tucci Train? Soulful award winning singer-songwriter Christine Martucci’s loyal fan base–the Tucci Train–will welcome you aboard. The New Jersey-based, nationally touring star picks up new devotees wherever she goes on the strength of her ardent songwriting and performances in the vein of Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin. Perhaps the raw emotion of her songs stems from her nine years in the U.S. Army and the pain of “serving in silence,” as she tells it. With her band of seasoned session musicians, Martucci–the product of a musical family–has independently released three albums: Mama Says (2003), I’m All In (and 2007) and last year’s Sin and Redemption. But it’s her high-energy concerts, and triumphant appearances at Pride festivals across the country, that have earned her spots opening for Gavin DeGraw, Michele Branch, Kansas, Patty Smyth and Scandal and other famous acts. Through her music, she hopes to send the message that “everyone is special; every one of us has a gift to give and help someone else with, and that’s why we are here. The LGBT community first must stick together and love one another, become stronger, and then pay it forward.”
Drum roll, please! We’re excited to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—our most diverse group of out entertainers, artists, athletes, activists, business principals and elected officials yet. Each of these women is a superstar in her own right. Their achievements and contributions shape our lives —and elevate us in the eyes of the world . They’re working to raise LGBT awareness, increase our visibility and quicken our progress toward a just society.
We are extremely proud to present the class of 2012. There are no rankings or numbers. They are all leaders.