100 Women We Love 2012

Drum roll, please! We’re excited to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—our most diverse group of out entertainers, artists, athletes, activists, business principals and elected officials yet. Each of these women is a superstar in her own right. Their achievements and contributions shape our lives —and elevate us in the eyes of the world . They’re working to raise LGBT awareness, increase our visibility and quicken our progress toward a just society.

We are extremely proud to present the class of 2012. There are no rankings or numbers. They are all leaders.

Kate Clinton
Seriously, what’s not to love about Kate Clinton, who is not only a celebrated “political humorist and family entertainer” but also a writer, teacher and activist? Making people think while convulsing with laughter—that‘s what she does. And she does it so well. “For 32 years I’ve been able to make a living as an out lesbian comic. I’ve even been able to buy things. Did I just gloat again?” she quips. She certainly deserves to gloat a little in 2012: after appearing in the pilot episode of the NBC hit series Smash earlier this year, Clinton is now kicking off her ALL FRACKED UP tour with several East Coast dates, including a slew of performances in Provincetown throughout the summer. Her upcoming show on July 19 is part of Girl Splash, while her August 16 show is a Girl Power event for Carnival Week. Since this is an election year, expect a blitzkrieg of Clinton’s trademark political critique, along with a gazillion laughs. “There’s still plenty of work to be done—violence, teen homelessness, HIV/AIDS, bullying,“ she admits, “but sometimes I have to spike the ball in the end zone.”

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