100 Women We Love 2012

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.

Theresa Pascoe
Theresa Pascoe’s way with numbers comes in handy for her day job overseeing tax compliance for Columbia University and its affiliates. And since 2009, her managerial skills have also been put to use for The Stonewall Chorale, the nation’s first gay and lesbian choir celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. She joined as a member of the soprano section, and her dedication to the group was palpable; one year later her peers elected Pascoe to its Board of Directors as Fundraising Chair. In June 2011, she became the first woman in more than a decade to serve as President/Board Chair. This season, under her leadership, the Chorale increased its contribution revenue and received numerous invitations to perform at special events outside of the group’s regular concert schedule. Managing the administration and operations of the all-volunteer group is not easy, Pascoe says, “but each time we perform, I witness the profound effects of the music on both our audiences and our members. Couple that with the opportunity to advance LGBTQ issues through the creation of beautiful music, and I can’t think of any better outlet for my time and energy.”