An accomplished songwriter, Judy has had more than 40 songs recorded from 1977 to 2003 (including the disco-era classics “Star Love,” “It Must Be Love,”and “You Got Me Running”). She’s topped the dance and pop charts twice and has captured one Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and multiple gold and platinum albums.
Judy has toured, edited, and written for several rock and music publications including Creem, Cream Metal, and RIP!
In 1992, Judy became the Editor of Genre magazine for a year before joining The Advocate as Arts & Entertainment Editor. Over a period of four years she rose through the ranks to become the first female Editor in Chief in the then 35-year history of the publication. After steering the magazine through the diverse challenges of the mid-and-late-90s’ equal rights movement, Judy was named Editorial Director of OUT magazine, The Advocate, Advocate.com, Alyson Books, and The OutTraveler from 2002—2006.
Judy’s personal accomplishments include the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the “Leadership Award” from the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is on the board of the Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a 37-year member of both the National Academy of Arts & Sciences and Broadcast Music Inc. She is a founding member of the Planetary Society, and supports Ka Lokahi Native Planting in the Hawaiian marshes. An enthusiastic supporter of Kailua-Kona’s Hawai’i Island Humane Society, Judy has written often about the innovative Animal Community Center they are developing.
Random Events Tend To Cluster, (Lisa Hagan Books), is her first major book.