Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo
Watch Frances McDormand Show Us All How It's Done With Her SAG Award Speech Watch Frances McDormand Show Us All How It's Done With Her SAG Award Speech 'Mommy' and Me: Why Xavier Dolan's Film Is This Writer's 'Boyhood' 'Mommy' and Me: Why Xavier Dolan's Film Is This Writer's 'Boyhood' New Stills From 'I Am Michael' Preview James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver's Threesome New Stills From 'I Am Michael' Preview James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver's Threesome Listen To The Entire Soundtrack For Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' Listen To The Entire Soundtrack For Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' The 10 Best Tina Belcher Moments On 'Bob's Burgers' The 10 Best Tina Belcher Moments On 'Bob's Burgers' EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Chastain Joins Xavier Dolan's English Language Debut 'John F. Donovan' EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Chastain Joins Xavier Dolan's English Language Debut 'John F. Donovan' Let These Wise Words Meryl Streep Lives By Usher You Into September Let These Wise Words Meryl Streep Lives By Usher You Into September The 5 Best Gay and Lesbian Romantic Comedies On Netflix The 5 Best Gay and Lesbian Romantic Comedies On Netflix 14 Films On Netflix To Watch At Your 2014 Pride Party 14 Films On Netflix To Watch At Your 2014 Pride Party Reader's Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Television Series Reader's Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Television Series 'Game of Thrones,' Sex and HBO: Where Did It Go Wrong For TV's Sexual Pioneers? 'Game of Thrones,' Sex and HBO: Where Did It Go Wrong For TV's Sexual Pioneers? On Zac Efron, Homoeroticism and Gay Pandering: How 'Neighbors' Is The Gayest Studio Movie of the Summer On Zac Efron, Homoeroticism and Gay Pandering: How 'Neighbors' Is The Gayest Studio Movie of the Summer Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Are Officially Engaged But We Need To Talk About Bisexuality Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Are Officially Engaged But We Need To Talk About Bisexuality Read Sally Field's Impassioned Open Letter About Her Gay Son Read Sally Field's Impassioned Open Letter About Her Gay Son Must Watch: Kate McKinnon Gets Naked For Lena Dunham in SNL Promo Must Watch: Kate McKinnon Gets Naked For Lena Dunham in SNL Promo Why Sexy Gay Love Story 'Free Fall' Is Not Just a German 'Brokeback Mountain' Why Sexy Gay Love Story 'Free Fall' Is Not Just a German 'Brokeback Mountain' Watch a Teenage Boy Find a Stack of Gay Porn In Adam Baran's Adorable Short Film 'Jackpot' Watch a Teenage Boy Find a Stack of Gay Porn In Adam Baran's Adorable Short Film 'Jackpot' Ranking the House Down:
 The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (Part Six: The Top 10!) Ranking the House Down:
 The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (Part Six: The Top 10!) Ranking the House Down:
 The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (Part Five) Ranking the House Down:
 The Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, from Worst to Best (Part Five) 10 Great LGBT Films From This Year's Sundance Film Festival 10 Great LGBT Films From This Year's Sundance Film Festival

Reader's Poll: The 25 Most Important LGBT Public Figures

By /bent | /Bent June 26, 2014 at 7:12PM

We count down the 25 most important LGBT public figures since Stonewall, according to you.
3
15. Audre Lorde - 67
Born: 1934 in New York, New York
Died: 1992 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Legacy: A Caribbean-American poet, writer, feminist, civil rights activist, she was a pioneering voice for both black feminists and black lesbians.


14. Gore Vidal - 70
Born: 1925 in West Point, New York
Died: 2012 in Los Angeles, California

Legacy: An author, playwright, essayist and public intellectual, he wrote some of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality (among many other things).


12 (tie). Harvey Fierstein - 76
Born: 1954 in Brooklyn, New York

Legacy: Tony winning actor and playwright who broke major barriers in the early 1980s by being out when few were and creating work like "Torch Song Trilogy."


12 (tie). Sir Ian McKellan - 76

Born: 1939 in Burnley, England

Legacy: Academy Award nominated actor who has worked extensively campaigning for LGBT rights since coming out publicly in 1988.


11. Laverne Cox - 80
Born: An unknown year in Mobile, Alabama

Legacy: Though only a public figure for a year or two, she has already become an icon and a wonderfully vocal voice of the trans rights movement.