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Hayley Kiyoko changed the game for lesbian pop stars in 2022

Jerrod Carmichael, the Old Gays, Ronen Rubinstein, and Rafael L. Silva were also cover stars for the Out100.

While we're not too far from 2022, the Out100 cover stars from that year have continued to make waves in pop culture in the years that followed.

When 2022 Out100 cover star Hayley Kiyoko began her career, lesbians in pop music were much more niche than they are now. Kiyoko's concerts (along with other artists like Tegan and Sara, Kehlani, and Janelle Monáe) were some of the only places where you could go to a pop concert as a lesbian and be in a crowd surrounded by people like you. Kiyoko was celebrated in her cover story for changing that, and for making her concerts and fandom a heaven for queer fans.

In recent years, artists like Reneé Rapp, Chappell Roan, Fletcher, Dove Cameron, Rina Sawayama, Billie Eilish, and even JoJo Siwa are proudly representing their queerness on stage and in music. Women in pop music are proudly calling themselves lesbians, and a big part of that can be attributed to Kiyoko. It's directly thanks to artists like Kiyoko, who made being a lesbian pop star cool, that modern-day pop concerts exist with dozens of lesbian flags, hundreds of sapphic couples, and female pop stars dancing with female dancers as a common occurrence.

In 2023, Kiyoko teamed up with Steve Aoki and Galantis for the song "Hungry Heart," written about Kiyoko's girlfriend Becca Tilley. That year, Kiyoko also released her first novel, a YA romance named after and based on the music video for her iconic song "Girls Like Girls." The book was on The New York Times Best Seller List for 7 consecutive weeks.

In the year when he was featured on the Out100 cover, Jerrod Carmichael won an Emmy for his comedy special where he came out, Rothaniel, and was nominated for another trophy for guest hosting Saturday Night Live. But he was just getting started.

Since then, Carmichael hosted the 80th Golden Globes, appeared in the Oscar-winning Yorgos Lanthimos film Poor Things, and released his own docuseries, Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show, where he continued to be one of the most interesting provocateurs of our time. Over the course of his career, Carmichael keeps challenging the way we think about dating, friendships, race, and sex — making us all laugh while doing it.

Rafael L. Silva and Ronen Rubinstein gained a massive following in the roles of officer Carlos Reyes and paramedic T.K. Strand on 9-1-1: Lone Star. Together, the actors solidified their on-screen relationship — nicknamed "Tarlos" — as one of TV's hottest couples.

Between getting to know each other better, falling in love, and even getting married, T.K. and Carlos have given us a history-making love story in terms of LGBTQ+ representation on a procedural series airing on a broadcast network.

Other cover stars for the 2022 Out100 were The Old Gays, who are as hot, fun, and lively as ever! In 2023, they even welcomed a fifth member to the group, Joc James A. Anderson. Watching the Old Gays celebrate life and revel in the joy of being themselves is still one of our favorite things to do, and we don't see that changing any time soon!


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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

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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.