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Welcome to the 2020 Out100

Janelle Monae

The Out100 list remains the largest annual portfolio recognizing members of the LGBTQ+ community for their groundbreaking, ripple-inducing, and culture-shifting impact around the world.

This year’s honorees make up one of the most diverse lists in Out magazine’s history, spanning several generations and a multitude of intersections from rising stars in the music scene and a former WWII U.S. Navy fighter pilot to groundbreaking queer journalists, headlining comedians, trailblazing activists, writers, designers, athletes, CEOs, and thought leaders. 

Each honoree represents not just the past but also the future. Leading into 2021, the LGBTQ+ community as a whole will undoubtedly reap the benefits of their accomplishments. This year might have brought an onslaught of challenges, but it also welcomed new opportunities to reflect about what matters to the LGBTQ+ community and what lies ahead in the fight for equality and justice. 

Now more than ever, it’s vital to recognize the powerful voices leading the charge and sounding off the new vanguard of queer leaders. In a year of Pride celebrated at home instead of in the streets, community support from company partners like Lexus, Citi, Gilead, McDonald’s USA, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Stoli® Group USA, LLC has never been more important or helpful in amplifying these powerful Out100 voices moving the LGBTQ+ community forward. 

"Community building has been the bedrock of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and part of that is understanding the fact that we are not and have never been monolithic," says David Artavia, editor in chief. "All of us have a story and role to play in this fight. All of our experiences and lived realities are different, special, and integral in building a better world — together. The Out100 list is a representation of this journey. For 26 years, it has stood the test of time and continues to empower the next generation of LGBTQ+ thought leaders, artists, and professionals to create a more inclusive future for all of us."  

This year, Out’s nationally recognized and respected Out100 issue extends beyond the brand’s print and online properties with two exciting virtual events. 

On Friday, November 20,  the cofounder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Janaya Khan, will moderate a dynamic “How Do We Come Back From This?” symposium on what moving out of the last four years looks like for culture, politics, the movement, and ourselves.  The symposium, which will stream on Out.com, includes Emmy-winning creator of Transparent Joey Soloway, trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston, and PR strategist Kelly Bush Novak.

On Saturday, November 21, the Out100 culminates in the first-ever 2020 Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony, live at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) at Out.com/Out100LiveTune in and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #Out100. 

Now more than ever, it’s important to highlight the monumental achievements the LGBTQ+ community has made against the backdrop of a giant cultural shift and an evolving landscape of entertainment, politics, social justice, industry, and so much more," says Diane Anderson-Minshall, CEO and editorial director at Pride Media. "This list is critical. Before I was in charge of Out, I long dreamed of making it on the list myself. I never did, but it still pushed me to do better.” 

Find out all of the names that made this year’s Out100 list at Out.com/Out100 when the full roster drops Thursday, November 19th. In the days leading up to the full release, our four covers will be unveiled.

The Out100 print issue will be available on newsstands December 1st, 2020. Subscribe today.

The Covers:  

Janelle Monáe, Out100 Cover Star, Is Bringing Down The House

Wilson Cruz Is Going Where No Gay Man Has Gone Before

Out100 Cover Star Janaya Khan Is Building a New World

Cover Star Joe Mantello Is Directing His Own Hollywood

See the full 2020 Out100 list here

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