100 Women We Love Class of 2010

As the first decade of the new millennium comes to an end, we take a moment to celebrate 100 out lesbians who have made the past year one of inspiring change and amazing progress.

Deepa Soul/Diedra Meredith

A dramatic singer, songwriter and stage performer, Deepa Soul—born Diedra Meredith in New Orleans—is also the executive director of OUTMusic, the LGBT Recording Academy. Since moving to New York in 1999 she’s collaborated with well-known music producers and DJs, toured throughout the world and landed several Billboard dance chart-topping singles. She’s set to drop Ego Trippin,’ a highly-anticipated triple-disc debut album. As an activist, Deepa started The Solution Evolution to End Poverty in America initiative, and created the “Freedom of Expression” advocacy campaign to empower and promote openly LGBT recording artists. “I strive to be a person of impact through being a living example. I hope that my life can encourage and inspire others to increase their success,” she tells GOt. “Believe you can do anything. Never give in, never give up!” -CB