Legacy: A Caribbean-American poet, writer, feminist, civil rights activist, she was a pioneering voice for both black feminists and black lesbians.
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).
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
Legacy: Academy Award nominated actor who has worked extensively campaigning for LGBT rights since coming out publicly in 1988.
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.