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 Co-chairs

Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. The New York Times has named three of her books on its list of Notable Books of the Year: "Surpassing the Love of Men," "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers" and, most recently, "The Gay Revolution." Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among other honors, she has received six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University's James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women's Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.

Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is the creator and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which brings to life the voices of champions, heroes, and witnesses to LGBTQ history.  He is the author of a dozen books, including Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian & Gay Equal Rights; Why Suicide?; and Is It A Choice?  He is also co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.  

Eric is a former associate producer for ABC television’s “Good Morning America” and CBS Morning News.  He also served as associate producer for “Stonewall Uprising,” a PBS “American Experience” documentary, and was supervising producer for two documentaries on the experience of suicide loss.  Eric is a graduate of Vassar College and earned his master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and real estate development.