People We Love

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For 15 years, Metrosource’s annual “People We Love” program has existed to recognize members of the LGBTQ community and our staunchest allies…

…for extraordinary acts of service and philanthropy
…for raising awareness about LGBTQ rights and culture
…for modeling excellence in being part of our community

Don Lemon

Don Lemon
Anchor We Love

Not everyone is a fan of our People We Love cover man. Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, CNN anchor Don Lemon was one of many singled out…

NYC Drag Queen

Audience Choice
Legendary NYC Drag Queen

The votes are in, and you’ve chosen one fabulous queen to join this year’s list of People We Love. We started with seven entertainers…

Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
Comedian We Love

Shockwaves have been sent through the entertainment community and beyond courtesy of Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s radical Netflix special…

John Waters

John Waters
Filmmaker We Love

Our Legacy Person of the Year for 2018 is John Waters — author, filmmaker and visual artist. When we caught up with the man who brought us Hairspray, Serial Mom

Kenneth in the 212

Kenneth in the 212
Blogger We Love

You can’t be all things to all people. But you can be a media one-stop shop blogger whose done more to burnish the brand of NYC chic than the manhattan. Kenneth Walsh…

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe
Musician We Love

Provocative, singular and impossible to copy, model/actress/singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe took her career to new heights this year. She entered the public arena as a…

The Point Foundation

The Point Foundation
Organization We Love

Point Foundation, the National LGBTQ scholarship Fund, made our list of People We Love this year due to its ongoing efforts to help promising LGBTQ students…

Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon
Athlete We Love

It’s been quite a year for Adam Rippon, who can no longer simply be described as “an Olympic athlete.” He’s spent nearly all of 2018 crushing it — overcoming obstacles…

SAGE - (Organization Supporting Elder LGBTQ People

SAGE
Organization We Love

Many seniors are familiar with SAGE, the preeminent organization working to ensure that members of the LGBTQ community do not vanish — and should not be banished — from…

Samira Wiley

Samira Wiley
Actor We Love

Not long ago, it would have been virtually unthinkable for an actor to find two roles for a queer woman of color in popular, critically-acclaimed television series — never mind…

Fred Dixon

Fred Dixon
Community Leader We Love

Only a few people in the word understand the public pressures of Fred Dixon’s job — and they’re people like Super Bowl Halftime performers,…

Leo Preziosi Jr

Leo Preziosi Jr.
Founder We Love

It was after reading an article in Metrosource about the challenges facing LGBTQ youth that Leo Preziosi, Jr. founded Live Out Loud. And it was at this year’s Live Out Loud…

Michael Musto
Author We Love

“When I first came out, I thought I’d be warmly welcomed into the community – didn’t happen. When I started my Village Voice column in 1984, I assumed…

Rupert Everett

Rupert Everett
Actor, Director, Producer We Love

“I’ve always been openly gay. I’ve always been out and about in clubs. I’ve always been very interested in stories featuring gay characters for myself to…

Brandon Voss

Brandon Voss
Event Promoter We Love

As the visionary behind Voss Events, Brandon Voss has a keen instinct for what will rock a Manhattan crowd — and LGBTQ revelers in particular. Some of that ability is…

Pose

Pose
Cast and Creators We Love

The category is ’80s Ballroom Realness! To celebrate Pose, Metrosource spoke to Janet Mock, series producer and director, and Steven Canals, series co-executive producer and…

Evan Goldstein

Dr. Evan Goldstein
Doctor We Love

Dr. Evan Goldstein intended to become a cardiac surgeon, do well by doing good and call his career a done deal. Get People We Love announcements right to your inbox Email…

Cameron Esposito

Cameron Esposito
Comedian We Love

Those familiar with the comedy scene will recognize Cameron Esposito from years of doing stand-up and creating opportunities for others to do so in events like Put Your Hands…

Lambda Pride

Lambda Legal
Organization We Love

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the national advocate for the LGBT community. “We are your lawyers,” they like to say. “From six offices across the country,…

Randy Rainbow

Randy Rainbow
Satirist We Love

There have been gay comedians, and there have been internet sensations, but no one has put the two together in quite the sweet/tart way that’s made Randy Rainbow a national…

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