100 Women We Love

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Audrey Bilger

For cultural insight into the fight for marriage equality, Audrey Bilger is the one to call. She´s the co-editor, with Michele Kort, of the Lambda Literary Award finalist, Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, a collection of stories and photos of lesbian couples who are changing marriage for the better. A writer and gender studies professor, Bilger is the faculty director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College and a contributor to Ms., The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and on the editorial board of Pickering and Chatto´s Gender and Genre series. But don´t get the idea that she lives in an ivory tower; Bilger´s examination of same-sex marriage comes from experience. ″My own marriage-legal since 2008 in California and recognized in 2013 by the federal government-brings joy and adventure to my life, and I believe that in a very short time, marriage equality will be the law of the land,″ she predicts. ″Every time a new state recognizes our marriage rights, we see photos of happy, smiling newlyweds and their friends and family. Those pictures are our victory signs, and they will pave the way for more advances in LGBT rights.″ -KL