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Anderson Cooper, Queen Latifah, George Takei Among This Year’s LGBT History Month Icons

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Equality Forum announced its 31 Icons for this October’s LGBT History Month, bringing their total archived icons to 248 in eight years reports GLAAD, who’s founder Vito Russo is among this year’s inductees.

The icons were chosen from over 500 nominations  and along with Russo, fellow 2013 inductees include: actor Nathan Lane, playwright Edward Albee, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, Trekki George Takei, Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas, journalist Anderson Cooper, fashion designer Jason Wu (who famously designs for Michele Obama) and Gwen Araujo, the teenage pre-operative trans woman who was murdered in Newark, California over 10 years ago.

Interestingly enough, Her Highness Queen Latifah and Apple CEO Tim Cook are also among this year’s inductees — though neither one of them has ever publicly commented about their sexuality.

Each day in October, a new icon will be featured on the organization’s site, along with video, a biography, a bibliography and downloadable images. Visit LGBTHistoryMonth.com for the full list of icons and when they will appear on the site.