Thursday, September 13, 2007

ADVOCATE READER'S TOP 40 HEROS


The Advocate magazine asked it's readers to name the Top 40 (coinciding with their 40th year anniversary) favorite gay heroes. The following list is the Top 40 "OUT" heroes in the fields of entertainment, sports, academia, artist, activists, etc.

40 - Barbara Gittings - Activist
39 - Roberta Achtenberg - former Asst Secretary for HUD
38 - John Amaaechi - NBA Player
37 - Tim Gill - Cofounder of Quark software company
36 - Leonard Matlovich - Celebrated Vietnam War Veteran
35 - Audre Lorde - Activist, Poet
34 - Bayard Rustin - Civil Rights Leader
33 - Elizabeth Birsch - Former Executive Director of The Human Rights Campaign
32 - Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon - 1st Gay Couple in the US granted a Marriage License
31 - Randy Shilts - Writer
30 - Indigo Girls - Rockers
29 - John Waters - Filmmaker
28 - CLive Jones - Activist
27 - Malcolm Boyd - Television and Movie Producer
26 - Pedro Zamora - AIDS Activist and Real World San Francisco cast member
25 - Tony Kushner - Stage and Screen Writer
24 - Tammy Bladwin - Congresswoman
23 - Harry Hay - Mattachine Society and Radical Faery Co founder
22 - Armistead Maupin - Writer
21 - Mark Bingham - September 11th Hero
20 - Rita Mae Brown - Activist
19 - k.d. lang - Entertainer
18 - Larry Kramer - Writer and Activist
17 - Betty Berzon - Psychotherapist
16 - Ian McKellen - Actor
15 - V. Gene Robinson - First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop
14 - Mel White - Writer/Speechwriter, Dean of the Dallas Cathedral of Hope
13 - Greg Louganis - Olympic Gold Metal Winning Diver
12 - Troy Perry - Founder of the Metropolitan Community Church
11 - Martina Navratilova - Tennis Champion
10 - Rosie O'Donnell - Entertainer/Philanthropist
9 - Margarethe Cammermeyer - Highest Ranking "Out" Military Official
8 - Elton John - Entertainer
7 - Harvey Fierstein - Actor/Writer
6 - Billie Jean King - Tennis Champion
5 - Melissa Etheridge - Singer/Songwriter
4 - Matthew Shepard - College Student
3 - Harvey Milk - San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member
2 - Barney Frank - Congressman
1- Ellen DeGeneres - Entertainer

Your Thoughts? Your Picks?

7 comments:

Kevin "your brother" Willi said...

"wonder robbie". I wonder why you wasted our time! Mr. Willi I am sure you can come up with better topics. Like why are they always bashing my best friend "Jenna Jameson". They had better leave her alone or or or (big tears) they will have to deal with ME!! (loud screams and painful face).

Kevin "your brother" Willi said...

I cant believe Pia Zadora is #26 on the Advocates top 40 countdown. Is Ryan Seacrest going to do the official countdown show? I bought her CD (20 years ago). Super talent but didnt know she was involved in "The Gays" movement. Interesting!!

arm jerker j said...

JOHN WATERS!!!! I love him. But I don't think he has actually ever said he was gay though in an interview. Just like Anderson Cooper. But I could be wrong. But he's bound to switch both ways to have come up with some of those scripts! Oh man. Now I want to blog about how hot Anderson Cooper is.

Gpawilli said...

J -

John Waters has been out as long as I've known...and in order to on the list they cannot be closeted. hence the reason cutie Anderson Cooper is not on the list.

Chrid

Gpawilli said...

Kevin -

Your vapid comments add nothing to the discussion....

BUT YOU'RE PRETTY!

Chris

arm jerker j said...

Ohhhhhh. My bad! I guess one NPR interview wasn't something to base my reason on. Hey. I only pretend to be perfect.

Gpawilli said...

J -

Nothing to be sorry for.... Now you know.

Have you ever seen his OLDER movies? They are cult classics.... perverted ... but classics.