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. 

KAELYN & LUCY

Kaelyn Petras and Lucy Sutcliffe met six years ago and embarked on a long-distance relationship before finally moving in together in 2014. As a long-distance couple, they took to YouTube (youtube.com/user/kaely-nandlucy) as a vehicle for documenting the limited and precious time they got to spend together. Their montage videos quickly gained traction—capturing the attention of the LGBTQ community, in particular—with viewers from all over the world. To date, their channel has more than 25 million views and over 240,000 subscribers. After they started living together, the couple shifted the focus of their content, creating more advice-based videos designed to help members of our community. When they’re not making videos from their home in Phoenix, Kaelyn and Lucy tour universities, colleges and youth summits, speaking to students and young people who may be struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity. “Being able to interact with the LGBTQ community on a worldwide scale is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work,” they say. “When people send us letters or emails telling us that we helped them accept themselves for who they are, or that we helped give them the confidence to come out—it makes it all so worthwhile.” –SLO