By /bent | /Bent June 26, 2014 at 7:12PM
Born: 1972 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Legacy: A trans man who was raped and murdered, Teena's tragic story was the subject of the 1999 film "Boys Don't Cry" and led to increased lobbying for hate crimes legislation.
Legacy: Politician and first U.S. congressman to come voluntarily out as gay. Has since been an imperative, often pioneering advocate for LGBT rights within the U.S. government.
Born: 1976 in Casper, Wyoming
Legacy: Comedienne, actress and talk show host who has brought LGBT visibility into our living rooms like no one else before her and has arguably become the most famous LGBT person in the world.
Born: 1930 in Woodmere, New York
Profession: The first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, he became a leader and an icon of the late 1970s gay rights movement before being assassinated.