2021 Icons

  1. Susan B. Anthony
  2. W.H. Auden
  3. Frank Bruni
  4. Frédéric Chopin
  5. David Cicilline
  6. Mart Crowley
  7. Ashley Diamond
  8. Alice Dunbar-Nelson
  9. Carlos Elizondo
  10. Althea Garrison
  11. R.C. Gorman
  12. LZ Granderson
  13. Bob Hattoy
  14. Jerry Herman
  15. Janis Ian
  16. Karine Jean-Pierre
  17. Janis Joplin
  18. Liberace
  19. Claude McKay
  20. Stacey Milbern
  21. Shannon Minter
  22. Janelle Monáe
  23. Javier Morgado
  24. Henry Muñoz III
  25. Johnnie Phelps
  26. Little Richard
  27. Swe Zin Htet
  28. Mark Takano
  29. Ritchie Torres
  30. Mary Trump
  31. Darren Walker

Icon Selection Co-chairs

Anne Balay

Anne BalayAnne Balay is a writer, an activist and a professor. Her 2014 book, “Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers,” won the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and the National Women's Studies Association Sarah A. Whaley Book Award. In 2018 she published “Semi Queer: Inside the Lives of Gay, Trans, and Black Truck Drivers.” Balay's work, which is based on oral history and participant observation, bridges the worlds of academic queer studies and blue-collar work. She has taught at Haverford College, Temple University, Indiana University Northwest and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ken Lustbader

Ken LustbaderKen Lustbader is a co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first cultural heritage initiative and educational resource to document historic sites connected to the New York City LGBT community. For more than 25 years, he has been among the nation’s pioneers in recognizing, documenting and preserving LGBT history. His preservation experience includes working as a program officer at the J.M. Kaplan Fund and as a consultant to numerous nonprofit preservation organizations, including a fund that advocated for the conservation of in situ elements of the World Trade Center, which are now integral to the national 9/11 Memorial Museum.