100 Women We Love Class of 2010

As the first decade of the new millennium comes to an end, we take a moment to celebrate 100 out lesbians who have made the past year one of inspiring change and amazing progress.

Melissa Etheridge

Oscar and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge has been a force in rock for more than two decades. Her reach and influence go well beyond her music career: as a breast cancer survivor and mother of four, she’s a bold and outspoken activist on behalf of LGBT rights, women’s issues and the environment. The platinum-selling musician recently made headlines and had the LGBT blog world abuzz when she split with Tammy Lynn Michaels, her partner of nine years. Etheridge’s tenth studio album, Fearless Love, dropped in April on Island Records. -CB

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