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