100 Women We Love 2015

We are thrilled to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—an incredibly diverse group of out entertainers, athletes, artists, activists, business leaders and elected officials.


Cabaret fans know Anne Steele as a gifted interpreter of other people´s songs-but now the award-winning singer/songwriter is telling her own story. In February, Steele released What´s Mine, her first EP of original songs inspired by Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Sara Bareilles-with a twist. “On my album, there is one song that I wrote about my coming out process in my small town in Indiana called ´What´s Mine,´” the NYC-based artist says. “There is also a gay anthem that I think should play every Pridefest in the country called ´Don´t Tell Us How to Love.´ It´s truly a song about standing up for what is right in this world, and being true to who you are.” She debuted the collection with a sold-out performance at Joe´s Pub, one of the dozens of stages that Steele has graced in her career, and has another NYC concert at The Cutting Room on Oct 23. In 2010, Steele released her debut album, Strings Attached, based on her critically acclaimed one-woman show of the same name. Steele is a multiple MAC Award and Bistro and Nightlife Award winner, and a regular performer on cruises-including those from R Family Vacations, the company co-founded by her wife, Kelli Carpenter. “I am incredibly fortunate to be married to the love of my life, have four incredible kids to watch grow up, and to get to do what I love more than anything,” Steele says. -KL

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