Time's 100 Most Influential People Includes a Roster of LGBTQ Names

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday September 28, 2020

Billy Porter arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Billy Porter arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (Source:Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The 2020 edition of TIME Magazine's annual "TIME100 Most Influential People" includes several people from the LGBTQ community, from "Pose" star and advocate for trans women of color Billy Porter to U.S. soccer champion Megan Rapinoe to the most prolific gay creator of TV content next to Ryan Murphy, as well as openly bi recording artist Halsey and a number of others.

French language site Têtu took note of the LGBTQ inclusions on this year's list, as well as prominent allies like recording artist J Balvin.

Each of the people on the list has a short essay written about them by a fellow celebrity. In the case of Billy Porter, the essay was penned by singer-songwriter Cynthia Lauper, herself a well-known ally and the author of LGBTQ anthem "True Colors."

"Look at this guy," Lauper wrote of Porter. "You want to see living proof of talent, perseverance, tenacity, resilience, dedication to craft? When he couldn't get in the front door, the side door or the window, he found a whole other route."

Actor Jennifer Garner, who starred in the film "Love, Simon," wrote the entry on Greg Berlanti, creator of numerous popular TV series including "Riverdale" and "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and a host of superhero-themed series, including "Batwoman," the first series based on a comic book to feature an openly LGBTQ main character. Berlanti also directed "Love, Simon," which Garner praised as "fresh and brave, with a teen protagonist who just happened to be gay. In other words, exactly what the world needed."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand authored the entry devoted to Megan Rapinoe, who led the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to World Cup glory last year, noting that, "In an era where many demand that athletes 'stick to sports,' Rapinoe — a proud feminist and an out gay advocate — refuses to be silenced."

"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox celebrated ACLU attorney Chase Strangio, who, Cox noted, "was part of the legal team representing Aimee Stephens, the plaintiff in the very first case involving transgender civil rights to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States."

That case affirmed that LGBTQ Americans are protected in the workplace by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

To see the full list of people on this year's "TIME100 Most Influential People," click here.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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