2011 LGBT History Month Icons Announced


October is the LGBT History Month in the U.S. where over 31 days we take a look at the lives and contributions of some truly great historical and modern day figures who happen to also be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This year’s icons have now been announced and they include four LGBT ally youth, three transgender leaders, seven international icons, six Oscar, Tony and Emmy winners, and even a few global superstars.

You can watch the intro video below:

Those names again:

Kye Allums – Athlete
John Ashbery – Poet,
Alison Bechdel – Cartoonist
John Berry – Gov. Official
Dustin Lance Black – Screenwriter
Keith Boykin — Commentator
Rita Mae Brown – Author
Dan Choi – Activist
Aaron Copland – Composer
Alan Cumming – Actor
Denise Eger – Rabbi
Lady Gaga – Singer
Michael Guest – Diplomat
Neil Patrick Harris – Actor
Daniel Hernandez Jr. – Hero
Langston Hughes – Author
Frida Kahlo – Artist
David Kato – Ugandan Activist
Michael Kirby – Sup. Court Justice
Victoria Kolakowski – Judge
Dave Kopay – Athlete
Ricky Martin – Singer
Amιlie Mauresmo – Athlete
Constance McMillen – Activist
Ryan Murphy – Writer/Director
Dan Savage – Journalist
Amanda Simpson – Gov. Official
Wanda Sykes – Comedian
Lilli Vincenz – Gay Pioneer
Virginia Woolf – Author
Pedro Zamora – AIDS Activist & MTV Personality

This is LGBT History Month’s sixth year. LGBT History Month was officially recognized by the federal government in 2010, with Secretary Arne Duncan launching LGBT History Month ceremonies at the US Department of Education.

To find out more about LGBT History Month and view information about previous icons, please click here.
To read up on last year’s icons, please click here for more Care2 coverage.


LGBT History Month poster used under Fair Use terms in accordance with the project, no infringement intended.


Brenda Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert6 years ago

Thank you for the information, Steve

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

I only reckognized six of the names so I'm looking forward to get to know the other 25!

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Thanks for the info. I look forward to October and hearing and seeing more about the LGBT people who have contributed to our world.

Mark S.
Mark Sebree6 years ago

I was just scanning the complete list of icons throughout the 6 year history of this award, and I noticed a pretty significant hole in the people that have been given this recognition.

Specifically, there is no mention of the 3 lawyers who won the case Baker vs. the State of Vermont, which resulted in the creation of civil unions. Beth Robinson, Susan Murray, and Mary Bonauto. (Disclaimer: I went to high school with Beth. She and I were in the same graduating class, and I consider her a friend.) I know that Beth also worked tirelessly in getting Vermont to legislatively legalize same sex marriage, testifying multiple times before the state Senate, and through her efforts, Vermont became the first state to legislatively legalize same sex marriage. She also officiated over the first same sex marriage in the state at 12:01 AM the first day it was legal to do so. (Saw the newspaper article.)

Susan Murray has also continued to be active in the fight, recently testifying on the subject of the harm that same sex couples are subjected to by not being able to marry and the harm that DOMA causes them before the US Senate.

They may not have the "man on the street" name recognition that many of the other icons have, but they still deserve recognition for their work.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jane H.
Jane H6 years ago

Great bunch of people.....and there are so many, many more!!

Anne Brabson
Anne B6 years ago

Thanks for the posting. This year's recipients are certainly a diverse group...which is wonderful!!! As more LGBT folks from more walks of life are recognized and honored, hopefully respect for diversity will grow...

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley6 years ago


Amy Slattery
Amy Slattery6 years ago

Emily M.
Just to correct you, Lady Gaga is actually bi

Emily M.
Emily M6 years ago

Why is Lady Gaga being honored when she is not a lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individual? She isn't even an advocate of transgender people and has made some flippant comments about transgender identification. She has also appropriated intersexuality to bolster a badass cred. Similarly, Dan Savage is openly hostile toward bisexual, transgender, and asexual individuals. There are enough LGBTQIA people in the world who do good work who we don't know much or anything about. October should be the month to honor them, not pretend allies and people who don't respect all gender and sexuality minorities.