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.


“A great voice, even better enthusiasm and an almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences that, if bottled, would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete.” That´s how the publication Steppin´ Out summed up Suede, who, like Cher and Madonna, needs only one name. The out pop, jazz and blues singer (and piano, guitar and trumpet player) began professionally performing in bars all the way back in high school and graduated from college with a bachelor´s degree in music. She then-as so many singers do-went on the road, working in clubs seven nights a week. Rejected by record labels, Suede founded her own, Easily Suede Music, in 1988. She also faced rejection from mainstream audiences, producers and venues since she “didn´t fit their preferred image for a female jazz singer. They were uncomfortable with me. … Femme. Glam. Singing about the man who got away. That was never me. I´ve always been honest about who I am and what I sing about. Thankfully, the world-and our culture-have grown up significantly. It´s shifted now. I have a great, loyal, incredibly loving, ever-growing mainstream pop/jazz audience, but the LGBT community has given me my career, my childhood dream, and I am forever grateful.” -GH

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