2022 Icons

  1. Hans Christian Andersen
  2. Robina Asti
  3. Richard Avedon
  4. Ninia Baehr & Genora Dancel
  5. Sue Bird
  6. Victor Blackwell
  7. Matt Bomer
  8. Raphael Bostic
  9. Jennifer Finney Boylan
  10. Kate Brown
  11. Nancy Cárdenas
  12. Kitty Cone
  13. Robert Cutler
  14. André De Shields
  15. Lea Delaria
  16. Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
  17. Masha Gessen
  18. Ron Gold
  19. Radclyffe Hall
  20. Bell Hooks
  21. Jazz Jennings
  22. Mondaire Jones
  23. Stephen Lachs
  24. Lawrence of Arabia
  25. Lance Loud
  26. James Merrill
  27. Rudolf Nureyev
  28. J. Paul Oetken
  29. Amy Schneider
  30. Amy Walter
  31. Alice Wu

Icon Selection

Click to Nominate LGBT History Month Icons for 2023

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 9, 2022.

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 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 2022 will be featured one each day, beginning October 1. The information for each 2022 Icon will not be available until the day they are honored.