FLASHBACK: Melissa Etheridge Comes Out As A Lesbian (January 20, ) - IN Magazine
Melissa Lou Etheridge born May 29, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. The album peaked at No. Later that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Yes I Am peaked at No.
Rock singer Melissa Etheridge reveals her father 'didn't understand' when she came out as lesbian
Some of her early fans from Vermie's gave her demo tape to Bill Leopold, a friend's husband who worked in the music business. Etheridge auditioned for Leopold, who was so impressed that he offered to represent her on the spot. As Etheridge continued performing in lesbian bars in Los Angeles, Leopold arranged for music executives to come see her play. In , Etheridge sent her demo to Olivia Records, a lesbian record label, but was ultimately rejected.
The couple, , got engaged after the Supreme Court struck down California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. She's also in Hollywood. Wallem, also 53, created the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," and is now a showrunner and executive producer of the show. In the past, she's written for "Cybill" and "That '70s Show," and was a co-executive producer for "The Comeback.