Lots of huge names have graced OUT Magazine’s release of their OUT100 honoree list this year. The point of achievement and recognition across our society that many of these honorees have earned is a testament to the level of progress that is being made by the LGBTQ community as a whole.
R&B singer and songwriter Sam Smith has had a huge breakthrough year in music and was recognized by OUT as their “Breakout Of The Year” honoree.
Actors Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) and Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) were honored as “Artist Of The Year,” “Ingenue Of The Year” and “Entertainer Of The Year,” respectively. Page in particular had a big year personally by coming out as a lesbian. Neil Patrick Harris was also featured on the OUT100 for his role on stage as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
A diverse set of LBTQ women were featured, such as: Evan Rachel Wood, Angel Haze, Carmen Carrera, producer Rhys Ernst, writer/cartoonist Ariel Schrag, comedienne Lena Waithe, and musician Laura Jane Grace.
LGBTQ people are doing great things across our society from activism and politics to sports and entertainment. The work that these honorees are doing, while remaining open and true to themselves, is a reflection of how far we have come as a nation and as a society. Full equality in opportunity without the fear of discrimination has not fully been achieved across all state lines, but the days of being forced to choose between coming out or being successful are slowly dwindling away.
Check out the full list of honorees here: OUT100 2014.