OUT magazine’s annual celebration of the most influential LGBTQ people of the year is here. The publication not only unveiled the full list, but the four collectible covers. Jonathan Groff (Entertainer of the Year), Lena Waithe (Artist of the Year), Chelsea Manning (Newsmaker of the Year) and Shayne Oliver (Stylemaker of the Year) received the honor.
Jonathan Groff On Benefits Of Coming Out
“I think one of the benefits of being out is that you can share your stories, be who you are, and put yourself in the work regardless.”
Lena Waite On Winning Emmy
“If I wasn’t a queer black woman, I don’t know if I would have been standing on that stage. I hoped that they could see through me that when you tell your story, when you live your authentic life, only good things will come from it.”
Chelsea Manning On The Transgender Bathroom Bill
“The bathroom bill has turned into a battleground, but trans people didn’t start that battle—it wasn’t an issue until it was turned into one, and it’s a way to undermine our ability to even exist.”
Shayne Oliver On Being Different
“The idea is that I’m different than you, and you have to respect it. As opposed to, I’m different and I’m also the same as you.”
The glossy also anointed Billie Jean King as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree. Others to make the OUT 100 cut include Adam Shankman, John Waters, Colton Haynes, Andrew Rannells, Samira Wiley and Sasha Velour to name a few. To see who else made the cut, head over to OUT.