The 50 Most Important Queer Women in Music


44 Kristen Hall

The out songwriter (left) was once part of the country outfit Sugarland, co-writing most of the songs on their debut album, Twice the Speed of Life. Since leaving the band, Hall has recorded several solo albums and is continuing to work on her songwriting career.

43 Bitch

First made famous for her violin and ukelele playing in the lesbian folk duo Bitch and Animal, the out musician later went on her own to release three solo efforts. She founded her own label, Short Story Records, and has collaborated with several heavy hitters in the women’s music community, including Ani Difranco, Ferron and the Indigo Girls.

42 Sarah Bettens

The singer of the Belgian band K’s Choice had a hit with “Not an Addict” in 1996, and the band toured with alt-rock icons like Alanis Morrisette. Though she didn’t come out publicly until 2002, being openly gay only gave Sarah more fodder to sing about when she began recording solo albums, including Scream and Shine.

41 Ferron

The Canadian folk singer released her own albums in the 1970s and ’80s and she found way through the women’s music circuit. In 1995, she won a Juno Award and was later featured in two documentaries based on her life and music. Her work has inspired several contemporary artists, including those who have collaborated with her on more recent works, such as Bitch, JD Samson, the Indigo Girls and Ani Difranco.

40 Fergie

Stacy Ferguson became well-known as the female entity of one of the biggest hip-hop/pop groups in the world, Black Eyed Peas. An out bisexual woman who isn’t afraid to discuss past relationships with women, Fergie has won several awards for her solo work, as well as her work in BEP, which includes American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Grammys, among many, many others.

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