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. These are the women who fight for justice, chronicle our lives, lift our spirits and bring our communities together. From bloggers to chefs to entrepreneurs to White House officials, these are the women we love. So letís hear it for the Class of 2010. Here they are, in the order of the luck of the draw. No agenda, no favorites. And, yes, we actually drew straws. Note: Think we missed someone? Keep reading GO in upcoming issues for more special roundups of out entrepreneurs, writers, artists and entertainers. And, lest you forget the Classes of 2007, 2008 or 2009, read all about them online at gomag.com.
Annise Parke

A Houston, Texas native, Annise Parker has remained close to her roots. She was sworn in as the 61st mayor of Houston in January, becoming only the second woman and first openly gay person to hold that office. She graduated from Rice University and worked for two decades in the oil and gas industry, with 18 of those years spent at the Houston-based Mosbacher Energy Company. For ten years, she co-owned Inklings, a Houston-based independent gay bookstore. Parker was involved in Houston politics for several years prior to becoming mayor, serving six years as a member of the City Council and one six-year term as Houston City Controller. -CB

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