They took risks, defied expectations, spoke out, redefined cool and made us proud to call them members and allies of our community.
There’s no question that Nick Jonas is one hot commodity — for many reasons. Not only is he crushing it with his JT-esque falsetto on R&B throwdowns like “Jealous,” but whenever he appears on television, gay America leans just a little closer to the flatscreen. Truth be told, Nick Jonas has been hot for almost half as long as he’s been alive — at least as an entertainer. As one third of the Jonas Brothers, he lit up the Disney Empire with “S.O.S,” which began a run of chart successes that didn’t abate until the trio decided to pursue separate careers. Jonas then began to divide his time between building a solo music career and work onscreen. Favorable notices playing a computer hacker in the reboot of Hawaii 5-0 and as a murderous frat boy in Scream Queens ultimately led to his role as MMA fighter Nate Kulina in Kingdom. Throughout the series, Nate grappled with his gay impulses while also being the “responsible” member of the family and occasionally kicking some serious ass in the ring. Fans were thrilled when Nate finally came out to his brother at the end of season two and then bid the series a tearful goodbye at the end of the series’ third and final season. And although Nate may be gone, America is nowhere near kicking its Nick habit. He’ll soon be lighting up the big screen in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and has a project underway currently called Chaos Walking, a tale set in a dystopia where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts.
Check out our previous honorees, Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz of Star Trek: Discovery.
Last modified: December 29, 2017