OUT 100 2018 Honorees Include Queer Eye Cast, Billy Porter, Gus Kenworthy, Kim Petras & Plenty More

OUT magazine’s annual celebration of the most influential LGBTQ people of the year is here. The 2018 OUT 100 list marks the most diverse one yet with numerous trans, non-binary, women, people of color, and honorees under the age of 35 who are being celebrated.

The publication not only unveiled the full list, but the four collectible covers snapped by photographer Martin Schoeller. The Queer Eye cast, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness, snagged the honor of being Entertainers of the Year. Meanwhile, Billy Porter, SOPHIE and Emma Gonzalez snagged Performer of the Year, Artist of the Year and Newsmaker of the Year respectively.

Queer Eye Cast On Original Fab Five

“The original show was a trailblazer,” says Van Ness, the new grooming guru with a wealth of sassy quips to match his pristine cascade of hair. Berk, the design expert whose religious struggles have enriched his on-air narrative, adds, “I love that we’re able to take such a groundbreaking show from a pivotal time in my development and still make it work today.”

Billy Porter On Challenges He’s Faced In Industry

“I was pigeonholed into the only thing that the industry could handle at the time: the magical fairy faggot,” Porter says. “Don’t get me wrong: What I was given was an opportunity to stop the show, but when it came to my humanity, nobody wanted to discuss that.”

SOPHIE On Her Music

“My music is political, but talking about politics is boring,” she says. “I’d rather have a more emotional conversation through the music. You can say something more multidimensional. Pop music is the most relevant format we have to discuss anything. A song can have meaning to people anywhere, without any context.”

Emma Gonzalez On Changing Narrative On Gun Law Reform

“One of the coolest experiences for me was the Peace March in Chicago on Friday, June 15,” she says, explaining that activists in Chicago organized marches every Friday to combat the city’s high rate of gun violence in the summer months. “We marched through the streets and neighborhoods, and we were all chanting, screaming, and singing. And we brought the press with us to shine more light on the event.”

Additional award recipients went to Cynthia Nixon (Hero of the Year), Jeremy Scott (Stylemaker of the Year), Renee Richards (Legend) and Randy Barbato & Fenton Bailey (Media Pioneers). Check out a few select images from this year’s OUT 100 gallery below.


For the complete OUT 100 gallery, click here.

Other notable OUT 100 honorees in specific categories include the following:

Music

Brendon Urie, lead singer of the smash-hit band Panic! At the Disco
Kehlani, breakout artist who’s collaborated with Demi Lovato, Halsey, and G-Eazy, to name a few
Lauren Jauregui, member of the girl group Fifth Harmony who’s carving out her solo career
MNEK, a London-based artist succeeding with his own brand of queer R&B
Samantha Ronson, celebrated artist and DJ who returns this year with a new band

TV & Film

Kate McKinnon, the ever-reigning jewel of SNL who’s successfully crossed over to movies
Hannah Gadsby, the Tasmanian comedy who became a sensation with her Netflix special Nanette
Mj Rodriguez, Indya Moore, and Dominique Jackson, the breakout trans female leads from Pose
Rupert Everett, a renowned actor who outdid himself this year as the writer, director, and star of the movie The Happy Prince
Justin Simien, the uncompromising creator of the film and series Dear White People
Max Mutchnick, the Emmy-winning creator of Will & Grace, and its triumphant reboot
Daniela Vega, breakout Chilean actress whose film A Fantastic Woman won an Oscar this year

Sports

Gus Kenworthy, Olympic snowboarder whose on-air kiss with his boyfriend made national news
Adam Rippon, Olympic figure skater whose vocal opposition to the powers that be made him a hero
Layshia Clarendon, WNBA player who’s become a sought-after MVP in her sport
Collin Martin, professional soccer player who inspired countless people by coming out this year
Sue Bird, another WNBA player who rivals Clarendon in both notoriety and skill

Fashion

Steven Kolb, the president and CEO of the CFDA
Sue Y. Nabi, former president and CEO of L’Oreal and Lancome, and founder and CEO of Orveda
Jeremy Scott, the hugely successful creative director at Moschino
The Blonds, fashion design duo (and couple) who’ve been breaking boundaries for 18 years
Willy Chavarria, designer whose eponymous label reached a peak this year
Becca McCarren-Tran, founder and designer of the gender-inclusive and body-positive sportswear line Chromat

Activists, Politicians & Community Organizers

Danica Roem, trans politician elected to the Virginia House of Delegates
Kimahli Powell, Executive director of Rainbow Railroad
Adam Eli, activist for Gays Against Guns, queer Jewish rights, and more
Stan Sloan, Executive director of the Family Equality council
Amber Hikes, Philadelphia’s new director of the Office of LGBT Affairs
Nick Fager, founder of the medical service Lighthouse LGBT, as well as QueerTherapy

For the full OUT 100 list, head over to OUT.com.