2018 Icons

  1. Gilbert Baker
  2. Lance Bass
  3. James Beard
  4. Elizabeth Birch
  5. Melvin Boozer
  6. Sandro Botticelli
  7. Richard Burns
  8. Jonathan Capehart
  9. Francisco Cartagena
  10. Debra Chasnoff
  11. Chi Chia-wei
  12. Meg Christian
  13. Ani DiFranco
  14. Gavin Grimm
  15. Sean Hayes
  16. Joyce Hunter
  17. Tab Hunter
  18. Dale Jennings
  19. Roberta Kaplan
  20. Steve Letsike
  21. Saul Levin
  22. Rachel Levine
  23. Tarell Alvin McCraney
  24. Ann Northrop
  25. Adam Rippon
  26. Danica Roem
  27. Michelangelo Signorile
  28. Ethel Smyth
  29. Leo Varadkar
  30. Perry Watkins
  31. Chely Wright

Icon Selection

Nominations for 2019 Icons

Equality Forum is accepting nominations for LGBT History Month 2019 Icons. Submit your nomination here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7, 2019.

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 Lillian Faderman and Eric Marcus 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 2018 are featured one each day, beginning October 1. The information for each 2018 Icon will not be available until the day he or she is honored.