We want your vote! For our 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition, we're asking you to help us name the 40 greatest gay heroes of the past 40 years. Please cast your votes on Advocate.com!The Advocate has always been a partnership between our editors and our readers, and to celebrate our 40th birthday, we're getting together on one of our boldest moves yet: Through an online poll on Advocate.com, we're asking our readers to cast their votes for the 40 greatest gay heroes of this era, and the results will be in our upcoming collectors edition. We've provided 100 names to choose from as well as a blank space to write in a name of your own.
Your votes will help us name the number 1 greatest gay hero of our time--and, in order, 39 highly worthy runners-up. As far as we know, no one's ever dared to rank our legendary queer movers and shakers. In the purest sense, of course, no one can; as a community and a movement, we epitomize apples and oranges. Yet it's worthwhile to take a moment and ask yourself: Of all the brave actions taken by remarkable gay people, which have meant most to you? Of all the names All the Names (Portuguese: Todos os nomes) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It was written in 1997 and published in English in 2000 in an award winning translation by Margaret Jull Costa. you admire, which one stands above the rest?
We're not saying it's easy. Here, in no special order, are just a few of the great gays we've chosen:
* Mitch Grobeson: first openly gay officer in the Los Angeles police department "LAPD" and "L.A.P.D." redirect here. For other uses, see LAPD (disambiguation).
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* Marlon Riggs: filmmaker, poet, educator, and gay rights activist whose documentary Tongues Untied was a controversial look at black gay identity;
* Betty Berzon: pioneering psychotherapist psy·cho·ther·a·pist
An individual, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or psychiatric social worker, who practices psychotherapy. who helped persuade the American Psychiatric Association The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the most influential world-wide. Its some 148,000 members are mainly American but some are international. to drop homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses;
* Christopher Isherwood: novelist (Goodbye to Berlin, A Single Man) whose stories were later adapted into the play and film Cabaret;
* Martin Delaney: founded Project Inform in 1985 to spread information about the AIDS crisis;
* Barbara Gittings: founder of the Daughters of Bilitis The Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), considered to be the first lesbian rights organization, was formed in San Francisco, California in 1955. The group was conceived as a social alternative to lesbian bars, which were considered illegal and thus subject to raids and police New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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* Audre Lorde: writer, poet (The First Cities), and activist in the civil rights, antiwar an·ti·war
Opposed to war or to a particular war: antiwar protests; an antiwar candidate. , and feminist movements.
Impressive? These powerful souls are just the beginning. And we already know you'll remind us of great lives we haven't yet included.
But please note: If you want to vote for your personal number 1, stop reading right now and visit Advocate.com. The poll closes August 15. It's your Advocate, and we hope youll join in.