For more than three decades, Janis Ian has been crafting some of the most poetic folksongs of our time. In 1966 at age 15, she released the controversial song of teenage interracial love, Society's Child.
Now, in her 50s, she is still fighting for the right to love whom she pleases. In the summer of 2003, Ian married her female partner of 14 years in Canada. "We got married because we could," Ian says. "As a couple, we wanted the same rights and the same social recognition as our heterosexual friends have. We also got married because, just like coming out, public figures need to do that to make the rest of the world aware." This summer Janis Ian will be touring to promote her new album. Read a review of Billie's Bones