Happy Pride Month 2023!

Being part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ family comes with a beautiful community of people that have unwavering love and respect for one another but unfortunately it’s not always sunshines and rainbows. The hardships and struggles they face are ones that frankly straight people would never truly understand but should continue to do their best to educate themselves and stand up with their peers as allies. Thankfully, it’s slowly but surely gotten better as the years have gone on with the help of individuals who dared to stand up to the status quo and shake things up for the better to fight for a better tomorrow. So join Tuong and Queer Icons themselves Hayley Kellett, Kez Vicario-Robinson, and Aashay Dalvi as we end pride month by celebrating Top 5 Gay Icons!

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Ground Rules

  • Nominations can be real people or even fictional as long as you can identify them as a “Gay Icon”
  • Not all Gay Icons have to be gay themselves. (ie some people inspired others to come out just because of how they acted and supported the community)
  • Group nominations are allowed if it makes sense as one nomination

**Spoilers below is our Group Top 5 as well our unordered honourable mentions**

Group Top 5

5. Judy Garland

4. George Takei

3. Urvashi Vaid

2. Sappho

1.Marsha P. Johnson

Tuong’s List

  • Rupaul Andre Charles
  • Princess Diana
  • Bowen Yang
  • Richard Simmons
  • David Rose (Schitt’s Creek)
  • Willow Rosenburg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Jonathan Van Ness
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Ellen
  • Captain Raymond Holt (Brooklyn 99)
  • George Michael
  • Billy Eichner
  • The Babadook
  • Mothman
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) – Modern Family

Hayley’s List

  • Sappho
  • Judy Garland
  • Alan Turing
  • Cher
  • Madonna
  • Lady Gaga
  • Elton John
  • Freddy Mercury
  • Harvey Milk
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Dolly Parton
  • Willow & Tara (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Xena Warrior Princess
  • JVN
  • Sir Ian McKellen
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Leslie Jordan

Kez’s List

  • Kurt Hummel
  • Masha P. Johnson
  • George Takei
  • Laverne Cox
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lil Nas X
  • Ellen DeGeneres

Aashay’s List

  • Lily Singh
  • Urvashi Vaid
  • Dhrubo Jyoti akhil khang dhireb Borisa (Dalit Queer Proud)
  • Jeremy Dutcher
  • Haneen Maikey
  • Arsham Parsi
  • Justin Suarez (Ugly Betty), played by Mark Indelicato
  • Kristyn Wong Tam
  • Amy Smoke
  • A. Revathi
  • Dionne Brand

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