100 Women We Love 2016

Here’s to this year's class of the women who inspire us, give us hope, make us laugh and make us want to get up and dance. 


A stalwart icon in New York lesbian nightlife, Wanda Acosta is a producer and co-creator of the upcoming documentary, “Sundays at Café Tabac,” a film about a transformative and empowering time in lesbian history during the early 1990s in downtown NYC. (Find out more about the documentary at cafetabacfilm.com.) Acosta created and co-hosted Sundays at Cafe Tabac, and she’s been producing events in NYC for more than 20 years. She’s the former owner of WonderBar, Starlight and Clubhouse in the East Village; she also hosted and curated events at Bar d’O, The Box, Angels and Kings, BLVD, Liquids, NYC and Clit Club, among others. Over the years, Acosta has worked with a diverse range of clients and media, including NewFest, Mix NYC, Tribeca Film Festival, “The L Word” on Showtime and nonprofit organizations such as GLAAD, Astraea Foundation, HMI and The Center. “The LGBTQ community is a loving and resilient group of diverse individuals who have inspired and shaped my world,” she says. “I adore my tribe, and we need to remain strong, vigilant, and empowered. We have made many advances since I first started producing events back in 1993, but we cannot fool ourselves that homophobia and hate do not exist.” –SLO

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