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.

CASEY DELLACQUA

Once upon a time, an athlete´s coming out was a huge production, but these days, thankfully, it´s less of an issue. Australian tennis player Casey Dellacqua told the media in a matter-of-fact way two summers ago, explaining that baby Blake (who she´d had with partner Amanda Judd) was the reason she´d temporarily been away from the tennis scene. Though only 30, Dellacqua has been a big name in tennis for a while, first playing at the Australian Open in 2003 at 17. Injuries have slowed her down in recent years, but she made her time away from the court productive, enrolling in beauty school. She staged a comeback in 2011, winning a Grand Slam title, and at press time, was competing in the French Open. “I have a great life set up and great family around me,” Dellacqua told Fairfax Media shortly after her coming-out announcement. “People have babies every day, and people have different paths in life. … Someone had asked me why I hadn´t played and that was the reason. … At the end of the day, regardless of what happens with my tennis, I´m very lucky that I´ve got a beautiful family. That´s the main thing in life and I´m enjoying what I´m doing. It all comes together and things are going well.” -GH