Jenny Owens Young also made it official when she declared she was gay after years of refusing to discussing her private life in interviews. In June the indie-pop musician told us why she changed her mind:
“It was a gradual thaw. My fiancé Kristin played a huge role in my progress. On an individual level, she’s incredibly comfortable in her own skin, and just being around that kind of energy had an effect on me. She helped me start to examine things about my thought processes and behaviors more critically, to ask questions I’d never realized needed asking. “
Jenny married her partner in August.
Beth Ditto also made it official with her partner, Kristin Ogata, this year, getting married in Hawaii over the summer. She made an appearance on Blondie‘s album, singing on the track “A Rose By Any Name.”
Janis Ian won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word in February. Janis narrated the audiobook for her memoir, Society’s Child: My Autobiography. She also published a children’s book with an accompanying CD called The Tiny Mouse.
Monifah had a great year, getting engaged to her partner, Terez, and also being nominated for a Grammy for her work on R&B Divas: The Album. The R&B songstress is recording her new solo LP that includes the single “In Her Skin.”
Holly Miranda toured off of new music at the end of the year, including two singles, “Desert Call” and “Everlasting.” Her crowdfunded album is forthcoming in 2014.