2021 Icons

  1. Susan B. Anthony
  2. W.H. Auden
  3. Frank Bruni
  4. Frédéric Chopin
  5. David Cicilline
  6. Mart Crowley
  7. Ashley Diamond
  8. Alice Dunbar-Nelson
  9. Carlos Elizondo
  10. Althea Garrison
  11. R.C. Gorman
  12. LZ Granderson
  13. Bob Hattoy
  14. Jerry Herman
  15. Janis Ian
  16. Karine Jean-Pierre
  17. Janis Joplin
  18. Liberace
  19. Claude McKay
  20. Stacey Milbern
  21. Shannon Minter
  22. Janelle Monáe
  23. Javier Morgado
  24. Henry Muñoz III
  25. Johnnie Phelps
  26. Little Richard
  27. Swe Zin Htet
  28. Mark Takano
  29. Ritchie Torres
  30. Mary Trump
  31. Darren Walker

Icon Selection Co-chairs

Jim Obergefell

Jim ObergefellJim Obergefell was the plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges. The 2015 decision legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The federal government recognized same-sex marriage in 2013 when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the United States v. Windsor. The Obergefell case tackled state legality. Obergefell and his partner, John, flew from Ohio to Maryland to marry legally as John was dying from ALS. A few months later, Obergefell sued to have his name listed as the surviving spouse on his partner’s death certificate. Obergefell and Pulitzer prize winner Debbie Cenziper are the co-authors of "Love Wins."

 

Sharon Ullman

Sharon UllmanSharon Ullman is a professor of history at Bryn Mawr College. She specializes in 20th-century America with an emphasis on popular culture, media and gender. She is the author of "Sex Seen: The Emergence of Modern Sexuality in America and Sexual Borderlands: Constructing an American Sexual Past" (with Kathleen Kennedy). Her current research project, "Brainwashing: The Anxious Mind of Cold War America," is under contract to NYU Press. Her courses include such topics as the history of sexuality, the culture of the cold war, and film and national identity.