Why is she/are they included here?

I don’t think I know any lesbians who aren’t fans of the this duo.  Amy Ray and Emily Saliers formed the Indigo Girls in the mid 80’s while they were at university. We were enchanted with them and their music and they soon became poster girls for the lesbian community.

Active period:

mid 1980s to present

My favourites:

Faye Tucker, Go, Philosophy of Loss


Music is such a good way to resist. It keep you strong, it has dignity.

Amy Ray

Artists and celebrities are citizens, and as such you have a responsibility to keep fighting for justice because there are monolithic power structures and systemic oppression out there.

Emily Saliers

Frequent collaborators:

Lyris Hung

Song writing:

Both are writers; they mostly write individually.

Other performance skills:

Both women play guitar and  a variety of other instruments

Samples of lyrics:

And the doors open wide to all straight men & women
But they are not open to me
And who is teaching kids to be soldiers
To be marked by a plain white cross
And we kill just a little to save a lot more

Philosophy of Loss, 1999

Through the dust bowl
Through the debt
Grandma was a suffragette
Blacklisted for her publication
Blacklisted for my generation
Go go go

Go, 1999

How to listen to their stuff:

The Indigo Girls have their own store; also their music can be purchased through most major music outlets. You can also listen to a selection of their music for free by selecting VIDEOS on their site.

Other accomplishments:

  • To raise money for the Human Rights Campaign, the Indigo Girls took part in the True Colors tours in 2007 and 2008.
  • The Indigo Girls co-founded the organization Honor the Earth with author /activist Winona LaDuke in 1993.
  • The Indigo Girls have appeared in many fundraiser concerts for social causes such as gay rights, environmental concerns and native people’s rights.

Gallery of moments: