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Etheridge, Melissa (b. 1961)  
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On April 15, 2010 Etheridge and Michaels announced they had separated. The break-up was acrimonious and was played out in public. In May 2012, the couple announced that their two-year child custody battle had been settled.

In September 2011, Etheridge was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame."

In June 2012, Etheridge played her first Pride event, at Pittsburgh Pride's "Pride in the Street," a block party that takes place on the street made famous by the television series, Queer as Folk, Liberty Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.

Etheridge released a new CD, 4th Street Feeling, in September 2012.

New Activism, New Marriage

In June 2013, in the wake of the Supreme Court's historic rulings in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which resulted in the end of Proposition 8, and in Windsor v. U.S., which invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, Etheridge both celebrated the extension of civil rights to gay and lesbian couples and announced her engagement to actor, producer, writer Linda Wallem, who is best known as the creator of the television series Nurse Jackie. The couple had been dating since 2010, but had been friends for more than a decade.

In December 2013, Etheridge launched a non-profit organization, the Uprising of Love Coalition, in order to support the glbtq communities in Russia and other areas where gay people are endangered and persecuted. The organization has attracted the support of such celebrities as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Jake Shears, Lance Bass, Lily Tomlin, Jim Parsons, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Judith Light, George Takei, Alec Mapa, and Sigourney Weaver, among many others. On March 25, 2014, Etheridge released the official video of her song from which the organization takes its name.

On May 31, 2014, two days after they both turned 53, Etheridge and Linda Wallem married at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, at the foot of the Santa Ynez Mountain range.

At the intimate outdoor ceremony, Etheridge sang Wallem a song she wrote especially for her.

All four of Etheridge's children participated in the wedding, which was attended by Jane Lynch, Rosie O'Donnell, and Chelsea Handler, among other celebrities.

Linda Rapp

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Etheridge, Melissa  
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