2019 Icons

  1. Ethel Allen
  2. Kwame Anthony Appiah
  3. Gladys Bentley
  4. Jackie Biskupski
  5. Kate Bornstein
  6. Ana Brnabić
  7. Pete Buttigieg
  8. Eliza Byard
  9. Brandi Carlile
  10. George Chauncey
  11. Lou Chibbaro Jr.
  12. Sharice Davids
  13. Babe Didrickson
  14. Cheryl Dunye
  15. Lillian Faderman
  16. Ronan Farrow
  17. Jewelle Gomez
  18. Emma González
  19. Sherenté Harris
  20. Rock Hudson
  21. Robert Indiana
  22. James Ivory
  23. Anne Lister
  24. Arthur Mitchell
  25. Julia Morgan
  26. Anaraa Nyamdorj
  27. Jared Polis
  28. Angela Ponce
  29. Keshav Suri
  30. Lillian Wald
  31. Edith Wharton

Icon Selection

Nominations for 2020 Icons

Equality Forum is accepting nominations for LGBT History Month 2020 Icons. Submit your nomination here. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7, 2019.

Selection Criteria

Each year 31 LGBT Icons, living or dead, are selected for achievements in their field of endeavor; for their status as a national hero; or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. Equality Forum solicits nominations from regional, state, national and international organizations, activists, and the public. LGBT History Month co-chairs Anne Balay and Ken Lustbader review all nominations and recommend the annual Icons.

See All the Icons

View the list of LGBT Icons from 2006 to the present with links to their videos, biographies, resources and downloads. Please note that the 31 Icons for 2019 are featured one each day, beginning October 1. The information for each 2019 Icon will not be available until the day he or she is honored.