Happy GLBT Pride month everyone. In the interest and support of the GLBT community, OUT Magazine released this week it’s top 100 gay entertainers, athletes, and designers. They are some that include who came out this year, some you may have already known, but others that you may have had no idea about.
Here is a glimpse of a few of them in no particular order. Be sure to visit the website below this article. This is Part 2 of the 100 chosen.
Designer and fashion icon Alexander Wang, 31, is one of the youngest fashion designers some have seen. Wang is the creative director of one of the biggest fashion houses, Balenciaga.
From fashion to sports, Gareth Thomas is a former Welsh professional rugby player. Thomas represented Welsh, and he is known internationally in the rugby world. Thomas came out publicly back in 2009. Thomas has stated, in an interview with Ellen Degeneress, that his teammates were very supportive when he told them that he was gay.
From sports to TV and film, actors Darryl Stephens and Wilson Cruz have worked together on the hit show “Noah’s Arc.” Cruz comes from the “Party of Five” cast, he is HIV+, and he is involved heavily in GLBT community activities and HIV action. Cruz has also starred in some TV shows and movies.
Stephens got his acclaim from “Noah’s Arc,” and he has continued playing complex GLBT roles; he starred in the short lived series “Downtown LA,” guest starred on “Two Broke Girls,” and is currently working on an entertainment project.
From one entertainment art form to another, Frank Ocean is a rapper, singer and songwriter. He has worked with the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z. Ocean was perhaps the first African American hip hop artist to be open about his sexuality. Both Jay-Z and Beyonce, as well as Russell Simmons – the hip hop mogul and business magnate – were all supportive of Ocean’s openness.
Entertainers are sometimes needed to give some politicians visibility. Within the last 10 years they have been more openly GLBT politicians than ever before. One of the more active ones is Brian K. Sims. At the age of 36, Sims is one of the youngest Democratic senators of the 182nd district for Pennsylvania; and he is the first openly gay elected official in Pennsylvania history.
Sims is a lawyer and activist on GLBT rights.