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 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.