A junkie for TV and the Los Angeles Dodgers in equal measure, Lesley Goldberg can say that she truly does what she loves. Among The Hollywood Reporter’s TV team, Goldberg gets first dibs on breaking news about the latest development projects and the inside scoop on envelope-pushing LGBT characters. The self-professed pop culture addict got her start writing for The Advocate, Frontiers and AfterEllen.com; she also spent time on the news desk at the Los Angeles Daily News and can tell you anything you need to know about baseball cards—and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “Being out has helped me achieve my dream of reporting the television industry,“ Goldberg affirms. “Were it not for my personal interest and passion for seeing LGBT characters on the small-screen, I would not be where I am today. So thanks, Joss Whedon [creator of Buffy], for characters like Tara and Willow.” As for the perks of the job, she says “interviewing Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t too shabby.”
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.