31 New Icons Chosen for LGBT History Month 2013

Image via Equality Forum.

Image via Equality Forum.

Each year, the Equality Forum announces new LGBT icons to celebrate throughout the month of October in the eighth LGBT History Month. “In its 8th year, there are 248 Icons with resources archived on the site, making LGBT History Month the free go-to site for LGBT role models, civil rights history, and our national and international impact,” stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum and founder of LGBT History Month. The Icons were selected from more than 500 nominations, and include influential LGBT persons from all walks of life. Actresses like Queen Latifah, pioneers like Sally Ride, and artists like Tom of Finland—the month is meant to celebrate the diversity within the LGBT community.

The complete list of icons can be found after the jump…

LGBT History Month 2013 Icons

1.      Zackie Achmat – South African Activist

2.      Edward Albee – Playwright

3.      Gwen Araujo – Transgender Hero

4.      Reinaldo Arenas – Cuban Author

5.      Axel Axgil – Activist

6.      Djuna Barnes – Author

7.      Joseph Beam – Activist

8.      Gad Beck – Holocaust Survivor

9.      Joan Biren – Documentarian

10.  Patrick Califia – Author

11.  Mandy Carter – Activist

12.  Willa Cather – Author

13.  Tracy Chapman – Singer/Songwriter

14.  Tim Cook – Apple CEO

15.  Anderson Cooper – Journalist

16.  Elio Di Rupo – Belgium Prime Minister

17.  Martin Duberman – Historian

18.  Tom of Finland – Artist

19.  Brenda Howard – Mother of Pride

20.  Nathan Lane  – Actor

21.  Queen Latifah – Entertainer

22.  Simon Nkoli – South African Activist

23.  Bruce Nugent – Author

24.  Ma Rainey – Mother of the Blues

25.  Sally Ride – National Hero

26.  Marlon Riggs – Filmmaker

27.  Vito Russo – Film Historian

28.  Jose Sarria – Activist

29.  George Takei – Actor

30.  Jason Wu – Designer of Michelle Obama’s Gowns

31.  John Lawrence & Tyron Garner – Won a Landmark Gay Rights Case

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