In alphabetical order
This category recognises LGBT+ ceebrities who have come outin the face of adversity or who support the LGBT+ community in a positive way.
Thirty-nine-year-old Alan Carr is an English comedian and television personality. Alan made his breakthrough in 2001, winning the City Life Best Newcomer of the Year and the BBC New Comedy Award. He went on to host The Friday Night Project with Justin Lee Collins, before fronting his own comedy chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, in 2009. Alan has won several awards, including Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards.
Ben Whishaw is a 35-year-old English actor who has starred in many blockbuster hits, from Skyfall and Spectre to Suffragette and The Danish Girl. He has also starred in LGBT films such as Lilting. Ben has been married to his partner, composer Mark Bradshaw, since 2012 and officially came out as gay in January 2016, with his representatives stating: “Ben has never hidden his sexuality but, like many actors, he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work.”
Fifty-four-year-old Boy George is an English singer/songwriter, DJ and author. He was the lead singer of pop band, Culture Club, with whom he sold over 100 million singles and 50 million albums, and is also a successful DJ. In January 2016, George replaced Tom Jones as a judge/mentor on the BBC smash hit series, The Voice. He supports charities such as AIDS Memorial Campaign and Children with AIDS.
Caitlyn Jenner, 66, is one of the most high-profile transgender women in the world. Finding fame originally as an Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and then later on appearing in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Caitlyn made the public transition from male to female in 2015, coming out as a woman in an interview with Dianne Sawyer and then on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine. An eight-part documentary series, I Am Cait, followed her transition from male to female, which Caitlyn says she filmed to “create some understanding”, with the intention that “the next person who comes along doesn’t have to be like me.”
Cara Delevingne is a 23-year-old English fashion model and actor. She first rose to fame as the face of brands such as Burberry, H&M, Chanel, La Perla and DKNY, and won Model of the Year at the 2014 British Fashion Awards. She has starred in over ten films, with her first lead role in Paper Towns. Cara has been famously coy about her sexuality, but began openly dating actress, Michelle Rodriguez in 2014. She is rumoured to have recently become engaged to her girlfriend, musician St Vincent.
Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black is a 40-year-old American screenwriter, director, film and television producer and LGBT rights activist. He won a Writers Guild of America Award and an Oscar for the 2008 film Milk. Recently, he produced three short films for Coca ColaTM covering LGBT bullying, and an ABC mini-series – When We Rise, an eight-hour exploration of the interconnectedness of activists from the LGBT, civil rights, women’s rights and peace movements. He also produced a pro-equality commercial for Tylenol, featuring same-sex couples.
Thirty-year-old Kieron Richardson is an English actor, most famous for his role as Ste Hay in Channel 4’s soap, Hollyoaks. He came out as gay in 2010, on television show This Morning, shortly before his character on Hollyoaks embarked on a gay storyline. He has presented a show on the gay radio station, Gaydio, for five years and was listed as a National Treasure on the 2011 Pink List. In 2015, he married his partner, Carl Hyland.
Ruby Rose is a 29-year-old an Australian DJ, actor, model, television presenter, MTV VJ and recording artist. She came out as gay when she was just 12 years old and struggled with homophobic bullying at school. Ruby originally found fame as an MTV VJ and has appeared on various high-profile television shows. In 2014, she came out as gender fluid and released a short film about gender-fluidity called Break Free. A year later, she joined the cast of Orange is the New Black as character, Stella Carlin. In 2015, Ruby hosted the European MTV Awards with Ed Sheeran in Milan.