And The Winner Of The 2015 Queerties Person Of The Year Is…

We picked the nominees. You picked the winners. Out of dozens of candidates in a variety of categories, eight remarkable equality champions–from a non-gay Supreme Court Justice to newly out Olympian–were selected as winners in the 2015 Queerties Awards. In many cases, the only thing they had in common was a fierce and uncompromising commitment to complete LGBTQ freedom.

But the campaign didn’t stop there.

Of those eight leaders, we once again asked for your help, dear Queerty readers, in narrowing down the field to just one by voting for the 2015 Queerties Person Of The Year…

So, without further ado, the winner of the 2015 Queerties Awerds Person Of the Year is…


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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Five judges constitute a majority on the Supreme Court, but one stands out: Anthony Kennedy. The Reagan-appointed justice has become the most foreceful advocate for LGBT rights on the bench, taking the lead on opinions striking down sodomy laws, anti-gay ballot measures and, most notably, bans on marriage equality. He’s done so by using language that goes well beyond legal reasoning to recognize the validity and even integrity of same-sex relationships–and their children as well. He’s become a kind of poet laureate of same-love, with such eloquent musings in his rulings such as this: “There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices.”

Kennedy’s legal mentor was a gay man who clearly had a profound impact on his student. Would we have been quite as successful if someone else held Kennedy’s spot on the bench? Maybe. But we would never have had the same affirmations of the respect that we deserve as American citizens if it weren’t for Anthony Kennedy.

Congratulations, Justice Kennedy. And thanks to everyone who voted!

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  • ProfessorMoriarty

    Bravo. Exactly the right choice.

  • Wil Chaney

    I am so glad it wasn’t Caitlyn Jenner.

  • Kieran

    Justice Kennedy is the living embodiment of the phrase, “One man can make a difference”.

  • Masc Pride

    @Wil Chaney: With the way they’ve been shoving him down our throats every day, I totally thought it would be Gus Kentworthy.

  • LP - Hired Stud

    YES! Perfect choice. And like Kieran said, “one man can make a difference.”

  • Blackceo

    I get why Justice Kennedy was picked as Queerties Person of the year. He was instrumental in deciding marriage equality across the land and has a record of being pro LGBT. I applaud him for that but also share disappointment because he joined the conservative judges in voting down a key aspect of the voting rights act that now allows states, mainly in the south to make changes to voting laws without federal approval. These states can now redraw district maps and enforce voter ID laws that will disenfranchise minority voters because of the decision they made. So as a gay man I thank him for his vote on marriage equality. As a man of color, I couldn’t be more disappointed on his vote on the Voting Rights Act.

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