Every year, “Out” magazine releases it’s annual Out 100, a list of the most entertaining and influential LGBT people in the public eye. This year happens to be the 20th anniversary of the list and the icons who made the cut are just as impressive as the ones from 20 years ago.
To highlight the impact and progress the LGBT community has made, this year’s Out 100 lists each individual alongside an important moment from LGBT history. Most notable are this year’s four cover stars, Sam Smith, Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto and Samira Wiley.
Check out their covers and find out who else made the list below.
“Orange is the New Black” star Samira Wiley made the list as Ingenue Of The Year. Her fierce cover alone makes her worthy of the title and her groundbreaking success mirrors that of Josephine Baker, the first black actress to star in a major motion picture—the “moment” the magazine matched her with.
Somber songbird Sam Smith earned the title of Breakout of the Year, thanks to his universally-relatable smash hits like “Stay With Me.” In contrast to Sam’s down-to-earth style, his history moment is the release of out-of-this-world rock star David Bowie’s album “Heroes.”
Zachary Quinto is honored as Artist of the Year. With his fearless and daring roles, including his two characters on “American Horror Story,” and his LGBT activism, he’s certainly earned a spot on the list. He’s commemorated alongside the release of Oscar Wilde’s controversial play, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page made waves when she came out this year, but “Out” has honored her for her craft, naming her Entertainer of the Year—but her strong stance on equality still shines through in the interview. Ellen is honored along with Marlene Dietrich, another groundbreaking actress who kissed another woman—the first girl-on-girl kiss in a major motion picture—in the classic film “Morocco.”
Ellen, Zachary, Samira and Sam each grace one of four collectible covers of the magazine. And the special-edition issue features even more awesome people inside, including YouTube fave Tyler Oakley and rising queer rapper Angel Haze.
Eve is a twenty-five year old trans woman and writer, and the founder of LGBTeen. She enjoys writing about pop culture, feminism, LGBT issues — and her lived experiences. You can view her writing on LGBTeen and on her personal blog, Original Woman.