Though it’s pushing 45 itself, the Advocate. is toasting the youngin’s with its list of Forty under 40, young LGBT pioneers involved in activism, the arts, science, politics, the environment, education and other arenas.
Some of the names on the list are familiar—like 25-year-old performer Mike Munich (left), who we’ve lusted after in Andrew Christian videos and Gaga performances; Liz Feldman, 34-year-old writer for TV’s 2 Broke Girls; and Jazz, the 11-year-old co-founder of TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation and the subject of the documentary I am Jazz.
But many are just young people who are working hard to effect change in their own communities, like Mike Halterman, the 26-year-old founder of Arkansas’ Out on the Town magazine, who tells the Advocate:
“People [here] never had a voice of their own in their own media before this. It was always, ‘Here, read this magazine from Atlanta, Dallas, etc., that doesn’t cater to you at all and doesn’t have anything relevant to how you live your life over here.’ A lot of us live rural lives and…things are a little slower here. The communities are more tight-knit.
So many…like Ellen DeGeneres, Cat Cora, Lance Bass…have left the South and made an impact nationally, but my goal was to always make a difference at home.”
Man, do we feel old.
For the full list of Forty under 40, visit Advocate.com.