The Equality Forum has come out with their annual list of icons for LGBT history month.
The list of 31 people includes, Jane Addams, Miriam Ben-Shalom, Richard Blanco, Staceyann Chin, Jason Collins, Laverne Cox, Clive Davis, Samuel Delany, Elsie de Wolfe, Arthur Dong, Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin, Mick Jagger, Angelina Jolie, William Rufus King, Jackie “Moms” Mabley, Edna “St. Vincent” Millay, Frank Mugisha, Jack Nichols, Elaine Noble, Antonia Pantoja, Frances Perkins, Robin Roberts, Sahaykwisa, Michael Sam, Barbra Siperstein, Dusty Springfield, Tom Stoddard, William "Big Bill" Tilden II, Tim’m T. West, Edie Windsor and Evan Wolfson.
The icons must be distinguished in their respective fields of endeavors, a national hero or have made a significant contribution to LGBT rights, said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum, a Philadelphia based LGBT civil rights nonprofit.
“This is a remarkable resource,” Lazin said. “Because we are the only minority community whose history is not widely taught in our schools this list of icons will serve to empower a movement and achieve recognition from our straight allies.”
Not knowing, for example, that William Rufus King was the Vice President of the United States of America can have a “profound impact on self-esteem,” Lazin said.
This is the 10th year Equality Forum has issued its LGBT icons list.
You can learn more at LGBTHistoryMonth.org.
SFGN has partnered with LGBT History Month and will showcase three of their icons each week.