‘Time Magazine’ 30 Most Influential Teens Includes Trans Teen, Bi Celebrity and First Male Covergirl

Jaden Smith and Amandla Stenberg. Photos: Instagram.

In a big move for LGBT inclusion, ‘Time Magazine’ released their list for the year’s most influential teens — including five LGBT role models.

The list looks at “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news” when determining the most influential teens, according to the website.

You may recognize James Charles, a 17-year-old high school student that made history as CoverGirl’s first “cover boy.”

Before this achievement, the Internet blew up over his high school yearbook photo, where Charles brought his own lighting to his senior picture photoshoot.

Now, Charles has over 700,000 Instagram followers and will be in numerous campaigns both solo and with CoverGirl ambassador Katy Perry.

One of the biggest controversies this year is which bathroom people are allowed to use. Among the leaders of this movement is 17-year-old trans teen Gavin Grimm, who may make an appearance before the Supreme Court.

Teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union, Grimm sued his school district because they banned him from using the male restrooms.

“It was never a question of ‘Do we do this?'” Time quotes Grimm. “It’s just not in my nature to give up so easily when my rights are being violated.”

Another LGBT teen making the list is Amandla Stenberg, known originally to many for her role as Rue in teen dystopian film “The Hunger Games.”

Since the film, the 17-year-old actress has come out publicly as both bisexual and non-binary, gaining the respect of Gloria Steinem and Beyonce, who wants her daughter Blue Ivy “to be just like her.”

Eighteen-year-old Jaden Smith also made the cut for breaking gender norms and wearing a skirt for his Louis Vuitton ad campaign, not to mention his clothing line and arts collective, MSFTSrep.

“[MSFTS is for] the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn,” Smith told Variety in an interview. “We’re here for you. Tell us your stories.”

“Game of Throne’s” Maisie Williams, known for her role as Arya Stark, made the list for being “one of the Internet’s most beloved TV stars, able to drive countless headlines with a single tweet, stunt or post, especially if it’s related to the show,” Time reports.

Williams speaks out about a range of topics from feminism to the refugee crisis — and denies labeling her sexuality.

“I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours,” the 19-year-old told Nylon. “It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders.’”

Rachel Zietz, a 16-year-old (non-LGBT teen) from Boca Raton  made the list for founding a lacrosse equipment company, Gladiator Lacrosse. Time reports that she is estimated to earn over $2 million in sales this year and quintuple that number in 2017.


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