Every year, Out Magazine compiles a list of some of the year’s most impactful and influential people within the LGBTQ+ community. This year the outlet “honors the queer and trans people who are changing the game—and those we've lost.”
See which incredible queens made the prestigious list below!
Featured as a cover star for the 2021 Out100 is drag queen Symone. The season 13 winner paid homage to RuPaul by recreating the "Drag Race" hosts iconic 1994 Out cover.
"When I got the offer to do the cover, it was just a no-brainer for me," Symone gushed to the mag. "It's very 2+2=4, you know? I was just so excited for this shot and to pay homage to mother in this way plus it's one of my favorite images of her and quite iconic."
In one of the two covers, Symone holds a baby, identical to the original cover. According to Out Magazine, the shoot honors the theme of "mother" with "RuPaul as the ultimate mentor on Drag Race."
Rightfully earning a place on the list is Gottmik. The season 13 trailblazer made history as the first trans male contestant to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her talent in makeup artistry and her personality made her a fan favorite on her season.
Although she wasn’t able to snatch the coveted crown, she did manage to make a lasting impression on the Drag Race community as a whole.
In an interview with Out, Gottmik shared that she is proud she was able to “tell my story on such a huge platform. The way I have been able to connect with so many people this past year has been mind-blowing, and I still can’t believe this is my life.”
Not only did this queen break down barriers but her presence and talent allowed for more visibility for trans queens everywhere.
“We’re Here” Cast
Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara also made this year’s list—largely due to their HBO show, We’re Here. The trio of drag legends travel to conservative communities of small-town America all in an effort to help local LGBTQ+ members find love and confidence in their hometowns.
Their second season released just last month and is filled with emotional, heartfelt and uplifting moments with their drag babies.
This season features important discussions regarding social justice, race and transphobia. Shangela broke down the symbolic importance of "We're Here" in more detail with Digital Spy, explaining that:
"You know, a lot of the time, people think that they’re the only queer person in a space, or that there are no queer people there, because they are so removed from them. And actually, we’re here!"
Kylie Sonique Love
It’s no surprise that Kylie Sonique Love was named a part of Out100. After being eliminated in ‘Drag Race’s’ season 2, Love returned to the werkroom for AllStars season 6—AND WON! And honestly, who could forget that iconic save in the final lip sync?
As a result, she is officially the first transgender queen to win the US version of the show. Talk about “groundbreaking” when in the past, RuPaul’s Drag Race came under fire after the beloved host made controversial comments about letting transgender contestants on the show.
“I also hope that my experiences that helped me heal can help others in a similar way, as that was always my intention as I shared them on the show. I never went on Drag Race to win but rather to challenge myself. Winning was simply a cherry on top. Winning is temporary but the growth that I had on the show will stay with me my whole life,” Love told Out Magazine.
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