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 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.