This year’s 100 Most Influential People list by Time includes Gavin Grimm, RuPaul and Sarah Paulson.
Gavin Grimm, 17-year-old transgender student, is among the Pioneers on the list. Grimm filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School District for their bathroom policies. They forbid students from using bathrooms that don’t conform to their assigned gender at birth.
“Gavin’s refusal to be treated unjustly is an enduring reminder that we will not be stalled,” said Janet Mock on Time’s website.
Also on the list is RuPaul, host of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The show has just gone onto its ninth season and recently moved channels from Logo to VH1.
“Ru was different,” said Naomi Campbell. “Not just because he had perfect, precise clothes and makeup, or because he was the only man I knew who could look that good in a wig and heels. There were no rough edges to be found. But as I got to know him better, I got to experience firsthand his wit and his intelligence — he’s like an encyclopedia. And his beauty is far beyond skin-deep.”
Actress Sarah Paulson is also on the list. Paulson has had a diversity of roles, most notably through American Horror Story. She has been with her girlfriend Holland Taylor for two years.
“I was floored by her buoyancy, her irreverence, her left-field sense of humor and her devotion to her craft,” said Cate Blanchett. “You enter a scene with Sarah and it’s game on. She brings with her, in work as in life, the sense that anything is possible. Anything.”
Time editors choose the 100 based on which people have made a large impact on society in 2017.
“One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of,” said Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs.