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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.
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10. Martina Navratilova - 82
Born: 1956 in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Legacy: One of the greatest tennis players who ever lived, she came out in 1981 and has been an advocate for LGBT rights ever since.

8 (tie). Sir Elton John - 88
Born: 1947 in Middlesex, England
Legacy: Singer, songwriter and activist who has won basically every award out there and has been openly LGBT since 1976.
8 (tie). RuPaul - 88
Born: 1960 in San Diego, California

Legacy: Actor, model, author, recording artist and reality TV host who is also arguably the most famous drag queen in American history (see Divine).

7. Dan Savage - 93
Born: 1954 in Chicago, Illinois

Legacy: Author, journalist, podcaster and very vocal media pundit who began the "It Gets Better" project in 2010 to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

6. Larry Kramer - 97
Born: 1935 in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Legacy: Playwright, author and LGBT rights activist whose work includes the controversial 1978 novel "Faggots," the 1985 play (and 2014 movie) "The Normal Heart," as well as co-founding the Gay Men's Health Crisis in response to the AIDS epidemic.


Check out all the results for every poll here.