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Sam Smith won Grammys & started their gender journey in 2014

Zachary Quinto, Samira Wiley, and Elliot Page were also honored as Out100 cover stars.

Since appearing on the Out100 cover in 2014, actor Elliot Page has undergone quite a transformation, coming out as trans and changing his name and pronouns to he/they in 2020.

Page hasn't appeared in many projects since coming out, but the main series that he's been in, The Umbrella Academy, treated his transition with the utmost respect, having his character come out as a trans man in the third season and using Page's real-life transition as an inspiration. On that show, Page helped to show audiences how a family can support one member's coming out and transition in the best way, giving people in real life a path to accept and support their own trans family members.

While he's taken a step back from film and TV projects (although more of those are coming), Page hasn't slowed down at all! He's released a memoir called Pageboy, produced several projects, and is a very vocal activist for trans, environmental, and social issues.

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Page shared the 2014 Ou100 cover with another queer artist who has since come out as trans: Sam Smith. In 2014, Smith was just 22 and had released the music video for their song "Leave Your Lover," in which they were singing to a male love interest. A few months later, they won four Grammys, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for their smash hit "Stay With Me."

In 2016, Smith won an Academy Award for their James Bond theme song "Writing's on the Wall" from the film Spectre. Moreover. In 2017, the singer came out as genderqueer. In 2019, two years later, said they now identify as nonbinary and use they/them pronouns, becoming one of the most famous nonbinary people in the world.

Smith isn't slowing down any time soon. In 2023, for instance, they became the first out nonbinary artist to win a Grammy for the song "Unholy," a duet with Kim Petras, who became the first out trans singer to win a Grammy.

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Orange is the New Black star Samira Wiley also graced the cover, being named Out's Ingenue of the Year. After four seasons of being a fan favorite on the show, her character Poussey was very controversially murdered in a prison riot when a prison officer pinned her down until she couldn't breathe.

While on Orange is the New Black, Wiley met her now-wife, writer Lauren Morelli. The two were married in 2017 and Morelli gave birth to the couple's first child in 2021. After leaving the hit Netflix series, Wiley joined another awards season favorite, The Handmaid's Tale, where she would win an Emmy and be nominated for three more.

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Also on the 2014 Out100 cover was actor Zachary Quinto. At the time, Quinto was fresh off of starring as Spock in the film Star Trek Into Darkness and playing therapist/serial killer Dr. Oliver Thredson in American Horror Story: Asylum. He was also starring on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie.

Quinto has continued to be one of Hollywood and Broadway's most in-demand actors, going on to star in The Boys in the Band on Broadway in 2018 and Best of Enemies in 2022 on West End. On the screen, he's starred in projects like Star Trek Beyond, Hotel Artemis, The Boys in the Band, NOS4A2, Invincible, Big Mouth, and American Horror Story: NYC.

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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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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.