100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Amie Klujian

Photo courtesy Amie Klujian

Chicago’s queer women owe a lot to Amie Klujian. As co-founder and co-producer of Back Lot Bash, the Midwest’s largest outdoor pride festival for women, Klujian has been working for 14 years to make sure lesbians and their friends have a place of their own to celebrate Pride. “I’m passionate about creating opportunities for individuals to express themselves and to recognize their voice, tell their story and know their life is important and valued,” says Klujian, who is also on the Executive Board of Directors at Girls in the Game, a nonprofit that helps girls to become empowered, confident leaders and “game-changers.” A Princeton grad who earned her master’s from Northwestern, Klujian says she loves “seeing how people connect and become engaged and fulfilled as community members.” “Be real with each other,” she encourages. “Be present for each other. Act out of love, not fear.” —TB

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