2023 Icons

  1. Marin Alsop
  2. Chasten Buttigieg
  3. Madeline Davis
  4. Elana Dykewomon
  5. Tessa Ganserer
  6. Roxane Gay
  7. Lesley Gore
  8. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy
  9. Brittney Griner
  10. Maura Healey
  11. Jazmine Hughes
  12. Eddie Izzard
  13. Michael R. Jackson
  14. Leslie Jordan
  15. Tina Kotek
  16. Marijane Meaker
  17. Scott Minerd
  18. Ryan Murphy
  19. Carl Nassib
  20. Stu Rasmussen
  21. Allen Schindler Jr.
  22. Charles Silverstein
  23. Andrew Solomon
  24. Michael Stipe
  25. Kara Swisher
  26. André Leon Talley
  27. Doris Taylor
  28. Evelyn Thomas
  29. Mpho Tutu van Furth
  30. Samira Wiley
  31. Penny Wong

Icon Selection

Click to Nominate LGBT History Month Icons for 2024

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 31, 2023.

Selection Criteria

Each year, 31 LGBT Icons, living or dead, are selected for achievements in their field of endeavor, for their status as a national hero, or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. Equality Forum solicits nominations from regional, state, national, and international organizations, activists, and the general public. LGBT History Month co-chairs Jim Obergefell and Sharon Ullman review all nominations and recommend the annual Icons.

See All the Icons

View the list of LGBT Icons from 2006 to the present with links to their videos, biographies, resources, and downloads. Please note that the 31 Icons for 2023 will be featured one each day, beginning October 1. The information for each 2023 Icon will not be available until the day they are honored.