PHOTOS: Rockers, Activists And David Hockney Make Out Magazine’s Out 100 For 2012

Today Out magazine began rolling out the names of the annual Out 100, a diverse collection of LGBT politicians, activists, entertainers, educators and more who captured the spotlight in 2012.

The first batch of honorees—announced in press release—include AIDS activist Peter Staley, director John Tiffany, fashion icon Francisco Coasta, Grizzly Bear lead singer Ed Droste (far left, with Le1f and Diamond Rings’ John O’Regan), actor Gideon Glick, pioneering journalist Michelangelo Signorile, cartoonist Alison Bechdel,’s Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer, Australian field-hockey player Gus Johnson and legendary British painter David Hockney.

“It was a dream for all of us I know to have a legend like David Hockney, someone who can be quite reclusive, to agree to be photographed,” said Out’s executive editor Jerry Portwood. “There will be many more surprises like that this year.”

In addition to the Out 100, the magazine singled out LGBT staffers in the Obama White House in a first-of-its-kind group portrait (below) that included chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Fred P. Hochberg, Anthony Bernal of Jill Biden’s advance team, White House communications specialist Shin InouyeLisa Kohn of the Domestic Policy Council and Gautam Raghavan, associate director of the  Office of Public Engagement.

The Out 100 will be available on newsstands November 20, 2012.

Photos: M. Sharkey


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  • jerry_pritikin

    I came out nationally at a time it was not yet fashionable to be openly gay,even in San Francisco! It was in May of 1977, when I created the ANITA BRYANT’s HUSBAND IS A HOMO SAPIEN! T-shirt via the United Press International News Photo Wire Service. With in a 3 week period I managed to get Jane Fonda to wear one, and she made the Associated Press wires. Then 2 weeks later I talked A.P. to run my photo of Harvey Milk,holding a candle in one hand,a bullhorn in the other and a SAVE OUR RIGHTS sign in the background. At first A.P. was not interested, however I was able to change their mind when I explained that 5,000 people took part in an impromptu march regarding the results over 2,000 miles away in a local election in Dade county Florida, that rescinded a gay rights ordinance. That story introduced Harvey Milk as an openly gay speaker 5 months before he got elected. In those days there was no WWW. and seldom did the wire services run gay theme stories.

    Times have changed for the better, and he gay rights movement no longer move at a snails pace. There are many pioneers like myself, who are forgotten by younger gays, who think Gay Rights have always been around.

  • alterego1980

    @jerry_pritikin: I try not to take for granted the brave one’s who came before me (and I’m 32). I hope to abolish and continue to fight against several injustices still around including the fact that “gay” is still banned from most text books and lesson plans in high schools across the country. Even in liberal areas. I hope that one day you and others from the earliest parts the gay rights movement will be recorded into textbooks and thus never be forgotten.

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