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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 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.

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

Linda Rapp

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Etheridge, Melissa  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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