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Still Thirsty

Ater more than 30 years on the music charts, Melissa Etheridge is still our elixir of choice.
Lauren Dukof

“Bring Me Some Water,” the hit single from Melissa Etheridge’s self-titled debut album, earned a 1988 Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Over the past three decades she’s had 15 Grammy nominations and two wins; she’s sold over 25 million albums, with live going platinum and three multi-platinum. In 2006, she won an Oscar for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “I Need to Wake Up,” from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

Etheridge has not slowed down and shows no signs of doing so anytime soon. She continues to tour extensively, performing hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” and “I Want to Come Over” for audiences worldwide. She is happily married to actress, writer, and producer Linda Wallem, has four amazing children, and is an advocate for the LGBT community and for the legalization of marijuana.

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, but it also marks the anniversary of something else: almost 30 years of publishing Curve magazine. I couldn’t be prouder to be the editor-in-chief of the world’s best-known lesbian magazine, but the person who needs to take the credit for Curve’s very existence is Frances “Franco” Stevens. I’m very excited to share with readers the news that a new documentary is being made about Franco and her dream to run a lesbian magazine that would reflect our community in all its truth and diversity. I’m also happy to report that I met with the film’s director and producer (Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow) and they got me on camera to tell my story of what the magazine means to me; I am but one of many women featured in this film, and there are countless more whose lives have been enriched by Franco’s vision. I’ll be doing everything I can to support this project, which is titled Ahead of the Curve. Maybe you’d like to contribute, too. If you feel like chipping in a few dollars on Kickstarter or even just supporting the project on social media—follow #CurveMagMovie and #AheadOfTheCurve. This documentary is made by an entirely female-identified crew dedicated to lesbian visibility, one of our most powerful tools to combat discrimination. So in the spirit of lesbian trailblazers like Franco, Happy Stonewall 50, and Happy WorldPride!