Tammy Lynn Michaels (née Doring; November 26, 1974), also known by the surname Etheridge from her relationship with Melissa Etheridge, is an American actress.
Michaels was a regular cast member on The WB's Popular and guest-starred on the Showtime drama The L Word.
Michaels is openly lesbian.
She started dating rock singer Melissa Etheridge in 2001 and the couple had a commitment ceremony in September 2003. They became registered domestic partners in 2005. In April 2006, the couple announced that Michaels was pregnant with twins. Michaels gave birth to a daughter and a son in October 2006.
On April 15, 2010, Michaels and Etheridge confirmed that they had ended their nearly nine-year relationship. In May 2012 it was announced that their two-year child support battle had been settled.
Since 2005, Michaels has kept a blog, in which she discusses politics, current events and her personal life.