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Gay Iconography: Melissa Etheridge, Yes She Is

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Even today, there are few stars ready to come out at the height of their career. In the early ‘90s, it was even more of a rarity. That’s part of what makes Melissa Etheridge’s story special.

The singer-songwriter and activist blazed a trail as an openly lesbian artist, just as her career began taking off. "I had no desire to be closeted to the public. It didn't feel right," she told Philly Magazine in 2014. “So, being gay was the thing I talked about.”

GLAAD recognized her contribution to promoting equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals in culture by presenting Stephen F. Kolzak Award to her in 2006. She’s not only a vocal activist for LGBT rights, but also the environment and the fight against cancer.

She explained her connection to these causes in an interview with The Daily Beast last year: “Well these are, and it’s always been, the issues that are me. I am a gay person. I did have cancer. I am affected by what happens to the world, to our earth. Those things absolutely affect me.”

Check out some of our favorite moments from Melissa’s career, AFTER THE JUMP

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Melissa Etheridge Marries Partner Linda Wallem

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Melissa Etheridge wed her partner Linda Wallem at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California on Saturday, People reports.

Tweeted Etheridge on Sunday morning:

True love...so blessed. "By the power invested in me by the state of California..." Thanks

Etheridge's four children participated in the wedding, which was attended by Jane Lynch, Chelsea Handler, Rosie O’Donnell, Whitney Cummings, Peter Facinelli and recording artist Sia, according to the magazine.

Etheridge and Wallem began dating in 2010.

Congrats!

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Melissa Etheridge's 'Uprising Of Love' Helps Fight Russian Homophobia: VIDEO

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This week, lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge released a video for her song "Uprising of Love," which uses footage of demonstrations and anti-gay violence in Russia to encourage people to rise up against intolerance.

The video was released to help promote UprisingOfLove.org, a website dedicated to raising awareness about Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law. All proceeds of Etheridge's new song will go to the Russia Freedom Fund, “a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBTI movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Melissa Etheridge Says Goodbye To DOMA, Pledges To Get Married; Other Celebrities Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions

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Melissa Etheridge, the famous singer and one of Hollywood's earliest gay rights activists, has confirmed that she will marry her partner of three years, television producer Linda Wallem.  

Yahoo! reports:

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.

"Once again our constitution stands strong," the "Come to My Window" singer added. "All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal."

Yahoo! also makes mention of several Hollywood heavyweights who took to Twitter to announce their excitement at the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings.

Ellen degeneresComedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an early gay rights advocate, tweeted after the ruling on Wednesday, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

"We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority," singer and prominent gay rights supporter Lady Gaga wrote to her more than 38 million Twitter followers.

"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," tweeted Ben Affleck, the director and star of Oscar-winning film "Argo," while actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted the decision was a "historic day."

Singer Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund promotes gay rights and addresses homelessness in the gay and lesbian community, said, "Both of these decisions not only impact the lives of gay couples, but of gay and transgender youth who struggle to find acceptance from their family and friends."


The Great Etheridge-Michaels Kiss-Off

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As previously noted, singer Melissa Etheridge filed official papers on Friday to dissolve her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels due to "irreconcilable differences." Etheridge is asking for joint custody of their twins and hopes not to have to pay any financial support to Michaels.

Apparently, she did this without notifying Michaels, who took to her blog and cooked up this poem (via Dlisted), after the jump...

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 road Melissa Etheridge files to end her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Aa  road True Blood vamp Alexander Skarsgard doesn't have time for Twilght's blood-suckers.

 road Oil along Gulf Coast beaches found buried at least 2 feet in the sand.

 road Horrible: 15 men and women chased and attacked a gay couple in the UK.

 road Wanting to look like Lady Gaga, contact lenses from Asia are the latest fad: "Known as circle lenses, these are colored contacts — sometimes in weird shades like violet and pink — that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites."

 road Janet Jackson performs a steamy show in New Orleans.

 road Carrie Prejean is now Carrie Boller.

 road Costa Rican gay marriage update: "The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections."

 road Zack Rosen has won a scholarship to the NetRoots Nation. Now he has to pony up. 

 road Eastern Bank has purchased Wainwright Bank & Trust, an institution that has always been a strong supporter of LGBT rights.

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 road If you don't believe in psychics, you may have a hard time buying into a psychic octopus.

 road If Britney Spears says that if her kids told her they wanted to be in the entertainment business, she would lock them in their rooms until they're 30.

 road Paris Hilton was briefly detained and then unfortunately released by police in South Africa.

 road Madonna keeps helping her daughter promote her fashion line.

 road More kids: "A gay couple that made legal history when they were jointly registered as fathers are this weekend celebrating the arrival of their fourth and fifth children."


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