Championing Change: LGBTQ+ Icons Shine on Time’s 2024 Influential List

Time magazine’s latest list of influential people for 2024 isn’t just a lineup of big names—it’s a celebration of individuals who are changing the game across different fields, with a special nod to LGBTQ+ trailblazers and their allies.

One standout on the list is Elliot Page, known for his role in “Umbrella Academy.” His memoir, “Pageboy,” hit shelves at a crucial time, coinciding with fellow trans activist Raquel Willis’s own memoir.

Both books arrived as the LGBTQ+ community faced increasing challenges from conservative forces. But Page hasn’t let that stop him from being a vocal advocate, using his platform to support grassroots initiatives like the Gen Z–guided Trans Prom at the U.S. Capitol.

In the world of entertainment, Coleman Domingo’s portrayal of civil rights hero Bayard Rustin in “Rustin” earned him well-deserved acclaim, making him just the second openly gay actor nominated for an Oscar for playing a gay character.

Meanwhile, Chef Dominique Crenn’s culinary mastery and the achievements of Maria Bello’s partner have also caught the spotlight. Crenn made history as the first woman chef in the U.S. to earn three Michelin stars.

Championing Change: LGBTQ+ Icons Shine on Time's 2024 Influential List

Fashion designer Jonathan Anderson earned praise for his imaginative work on costumes for Luca Guadagnino’s “Challengers,” a film eagerly awaited by audiences and featuring a star-studded cast led by Zendaya. Guadagnino himself lauded Anderson for bringing depth and insight to his designs, enhancing the storytelling on screen.

On the advocacy front, Kelley Robinson, the new head of the Human Rights Campaign, is being celebrated for her inspiring leadership, galvanizing both seasoned activists and newcomers within the LGBTQ+ community.

Meanwhile, Frank Mugisha’s fearless activism in Uganda, where being openly gay can lead to severe consequences, and Rosanna Flamer-Caldera’s fight to decriminalize LGBTQ+ relationships in Sri Lanka, have earned them well-deserved recognition for their global impact.

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Ophelia Dahl’s groundbreaking work with Partners in Health has been praised for revolutionizing community-based healthcare and bringing relief to people worldwide.

And reproductive biologist Katsuhiko Hayashi’s innovative research on stem cells offers hope to LGBTQ+ couples dreaming of biological children, showcasing the potential for science to advance LGBTQ+ family rights.

However, amidst these triumphs, Time’s list also serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges still faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Figures like Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Italy’s Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, who have actively worked against LGBTQ+ rights, underscore the ongoing need for advocacy and activism in the fight for equality and acceptance.

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