(active from 1985 to present ) U.S.A.
With Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.
Both Ray and Saliers have long identified themselves as lesbians, although Saliers prefers gay because, she says, "'Lesbian' has three syllables!" They have never been a couple. Ray has had long-term relationships with musician Cooper Seay and feminist author Jennifer Baumgardner, and is currently in a relationship with documentary filmmaker Carrie Schrader. Because of their engagements for LGBT rights, they are regarded as icons of the movement.