Before I introduce the remaining six theatre honorees, here are two pictures of folks I already talked about. These and all the other photos are by the completely genius Gavin Bond.
Here is comedienne/actress/activist Sandra Bernhard.
And here is legendary activist and playwright Larry Kramer.
Entertainer of the Year
Kathy Griffin, Entertainer of the Year
- Known For: Being a stand-up comic and TV personality, formerly of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
- Theatre Connection: Over the summer, she made her Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre in Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony
- Activism: Through her humor and very public relationship with her friends, "the gays," Griffin makes gay-straight alliance an every day thing. And she is a tireless supporter of equal rights for the LGBT community.
|Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Artist of the Year
- Known For: Playing Mitchell on TV's Emmy-winning Best Comedy, Modern Family
- Theatre Connection: Though TV has him pretty busy these days, he is still a regular on Broadway's red carpets and other events. On Broadway, he has starred in On the Town and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
- Activism: He is a role model on TV as a happily partnered parent, and in real-life he is a role model for young gay men everywhere by living by example.
|Mx. Justin Vivian Bond
- Known For: His gender-bending act, Kiki and Herb.
- Theatre Connection: With his partner, Kenny Mellman, he wrote, created and starred in the Tony-nominated Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway (2006 Special Theatrical Event).
- Activism: He walks the walk and talks the talk. He prefers to be called "Mx" instead of "Mr", and continues to be a strong and entertaining voice in the gay community.
- Known For: Decades of theatre that embraces every kind of love, all with a campy, light and wry sense of humor.
- Theatre Connection: Most recently, Olive and the Bitter Herbs and Divine Sister. Over the years, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, one of off-Broadway's longest-running shows of all time, Psycho Beach Party and the Broadway smash hit comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
- Activism: He has helped to bring drag performing into the mainstream, proving that it can be more art than camp, and camp with a little art.
|Stephen Karam (top left)
and Charles Perez
- Known For: Being a young up and coming writer of both plays and operas.
- Theatre Connection: Currently, his new play about two gay brothers, Sons of the Prophet is a nice big hit at Roundabout Theater's Laura Pels Theatre.
- Activism: His words are carrying on the tradition of his mentors and idols, Larry Kramer and Terrence McNally.
|George C. Wolfe
- Known For: His leadership in the theatre and gay communities. He was once the head of The Public Theater.
- Theatre Connection: Writer and Director: Jelly's Last Jam, The Wild Party, Director: Angels in America (Parts I and II), Topdog/Underdog, Noise/Funk; Producer: Take Me Out. Most recently: A Free Man of Color and the Tony-winning smash hit The Normal Heart.
- Activism: In part because of his vision, the world has Angels in America, Take Me Out and a revitalized The Normal Heart. One could say Mr. Wolfe is, indeed, doing his part.
For more information and the complete list, go to http://www.out.com/out-exclusives/out100/2011/11/17/17th-annual-out100#slide-1
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