100 Women We Love: Class of 2009

(in no particular order, cause we love em' all!)

Once again, we celebrate our favorite out and proud women. As difficult as it is to narrow it down to just 100, this yearís eclectic list includes artists, athletes, club promoters, community organizers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, politicians and plaintiffs, who are making a difference in our world and the world at large.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we dedicate this piece to those activists who fought for the rights of these 100 women and all our community, to do what we do, and love who we love, openly and honestly.

So hereís to the Class of 2009, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER. If you donít believe us, please note that Ellen is on the eleventh page of the piece and you know how much we love her.

Wanda Sykes

Comedian, actress and Emmy-Award winning writer, Wanda Sykes is known for her stinging, honest social criticism. After Californiaís Proposition 8 passed last fall, Sykes officially came out at the LGBT Center in Las Vegas, in front of 1,000 people rallying in support of same-sex marriage. She and her partner had legally married in California less than two weeks before. ďI am very proud, Iím proud to be a woman, Iím proud to be a black woman, Iím proud to be gay. And I love you all, now letís go get our damn equal rights!Ē Sykes said at the rally. The couple became parents when her partner gave birth to twins in April. She currently co-stars in the television series The New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS and will be hosting a Saturday late-night show on FOX beginning this fall. -CM

Remember, these are in no particular order because we love them all!

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