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 3 of the 100 chosen.
The singers, dancers and comedians of film and TV include Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and they have earned their place in the pantheon of entertainment. Harris has literally grown before our eyes in “Doogie Howser,” and then took off from there with the “Harold and Kumar go to WhiteCastle” movies, as well as “How I Met Your Mother.” Harris is also a Broadway icon and is active in the GLBT community.
Ferguson like Harris has gotten his stardom in doing many TV shows, but it was with “Modern Family” that brought him into our homes and hearts. Ferguson has guest judged on reality shows such as “Project Runway” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Ferguson is also popular with his tie brand “Tie The Knot” which supports GLBT rights and marriage equality.
More in entertainment, Colman Domingo is a TV, film and Broadway actor. Domingo is also a writer, playwright, and director. He wrote and starred in his one-man autobiographical play “A Boy and his Soul,” which won a GLAAD Award in 2011 for Outstanding Off-Broadway theater. Colman also starred in the second and third season of “The Big Gay Sketch Show” on Logo TV.
Also in entertainment, from behind the camera, there is Gregg Araki. Araki is an iconic filmmaker, he directed the movie “Kaboom,” which won – at the 2010 Cannes film festival – the first ever Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm Award. Araki has gone on to direct other GLBT films from “The Long Weekend,” “The Doom Generation” and “Nowhere.” All of those movies followed a theme of teenagers, and GLBT life. Araki has worked with Rose McGowan, John Krazinsky, and others.
In broadcast there is Thomas Roberts. Roberts has had an illustrious career as a TV journalist; he started out on CNN, and continued on “The Insider,” and is now currently on MSNBC. Roberts came out in 2006 at a conference for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He was approached in 2005 by People magazine to be one their 50 Sexist Bachelors, but he declined.
And in sports, there is Michael Sam. [Michael Sam is misidentified as Sam Smith in the above photograph]. Sam became the first openly gay football athlete to be drafted by the NFL. He has played a defensive lineman throughout his football career.
Sam made his first NFL debut in August 2014 with the New Orleans Saints. In that same year, he received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards. And he was named GQ’s Men of the Year.
As of May 2015, Sam has signed a two year football contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.