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2010 Out100 Cover: Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, Rachel Maddow, Nate Berkus, Johnny Weir
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In 2010, Ricky Martin came out & Rachel Maddow became a voice for a generation

Johnny Weir, Nate Berkus and Julianne Moore also graced the 2010 Out100 cover.

The 2010 Out100 list was published as the 100th issue of Out. To celebrate such a big milestone for the magazine, superstars Ricky Martin, Rachel Maddow, Johnny Weir, Nate Berkus, and Julianne Moore were featured as the cover stars.

2010 was a splashy year for then-39-year-old Ricky Martin as he came out as gay in March and went on to publish his memoir, Me, in November. Besides continuing to raise his twin boys — Matteo and Valentino, who were born in 2008 via gestational surrogacy — the singer got married to Jwan Yosef in 2017 and the couple welcomed their first daughter together, Lucia, in 2018. A year later, Martin and Yosef welcomed a son, Renn. In September 2023, Martin and Yosef got divorced after their marriage of nearly six years.

The Puerto Rican pop star has since released two studio albums, 2011's Música + Alma + Sexo and 2015's A Quien Quiera Escuchar; starred in TV shows like The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and 2024's Palm Royale; and was nominated for awards at the Grammys, the Latin Grammys, and the Primetime Emmys.

Rachel Maddow and Nate Berkus for Out100

Rachel Maddow, who first made a name for herself on the The Rachel Maddow Show radio program between 2005 and 2010, has become one of the most important political voices of our generation as a news anchor on MSNBC. When Maddow was brought onto the network, she became the first out LGBTQ+ person to host a primetime news show in the United States.

Maddow has been with her current partner, Susan Mikula, since 1999. Since being on the Out100, the political commentator opened up about struggling with cyclical depression in 2012 and had surgery for skin cancer in 2021.

Nate Berkus built up his name recognition with recurring appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the 2000s. Then, in 2010, Berkus landed his own syndicated talk show, The Nate Berkus Show, which ran for nearly 300 episodes over the course of two years. Between executive-producing the film The Help in 2011, launching a home décor collection with Target in 2012, and working on other renovation shows, Berkus eventually also met his partner, Jeremiah Brent.

After getting engaged in 2013 and tying the knot in 2014, Berkus and Brent have co-hosted shows like TLC's Nate & Jeremiah by Design, HGTV's Nate & Jeremiah Save My House, and HGTV's The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project.

Johnny Weir, Diva of the YearJohnny Weir, Diva of the Yearwww.out.com

Johnny Weir competed as a figure skater at the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010. After going viral with his figure skating performances to "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga, Weir's sexual orientation became a topic of discussion among sports commentators covering the 2010 Olympics. This prompted Weir to clap back at their negative comments and address his sexuality in public.

In subsequent years, Weir starred in films and TV shows like Zoolander 2, Spinning Out, and Night Court; competed on Dancing With the Stars and The Masked Singer; and became a sports commentator for networks covering Olympic sports.

Julianne MooreJulianne Moore as Queer Icon of Cinemawww.out.com

Even though Julianne Moore doesn't identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, the actress was included on the 2010 Out100 for being a huge ally, her long-standing filmography with director Todd Haynes, starring in Tom Ford's directorial debut film A Single Man (2009), and playing characters with queer storylines in films like Chloe and The Kids Are All Right — both of which opened in U.S. theaters in 2010.

There was quite a bit of progress for the LGBTQ+ community in 2010. Namely, President Barack Obama extended spousal benefits to same-sex couples in June, and then signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act in December.

In film, queer characters in The Kids Are All Right, Beginners, and Black Swan made huge waves not only at the box office, but also at the Academy Awards. On TV, we started seeing more inclusivity on shows like Spartacus, Pretty Little Liars, and Glee.

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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!
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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!

It's been 30 years since the annual Out100 list started highlighting the best and brightest of the community. To honor that milestone, let's take a look back at the many LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Out100, Out’s storied annual list of LGBTQ+ people who have changed culture — and the world.

In celebration of this milestone, we are so proud to launch the official Out100 Vault, which highlights the Out100 covers from our archive as well as fresh essays and insights from past honorees.

The preservation of the LGBTQ+ past has never been more important, as the recent right-wing attempts at queer book bans and censorship demonstrate. For over three decades, Out has fought against mainstream erasure, telling the stories of the artists, warriors, and changemakers who made our history and our movement. Looking to the future, we hope you find inspiration from them in the ongoing fight for visibility and equality.

And if you, or someone you know, deserve to be on this list, please let us know through the Reader’s Choice submission page. Your stories and accomplishments need to be heard, and Out as always is here to tell them.

Sincerely,


Daniel Reynolds

Editor in chief, Out Magazine

Raffy Ermac

Editor in chief, Out.com

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Bernardo Sim

Bernardo Sim is a writer, content creator, and the deputy editor of Out. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.

Bernardo Sim is a writer, content creator, and the deputy editor of Out. Born in Brazil, he currently lives in South Florida.