Last night Out Magazine held its annual gala, celebrating its Out100 list of this year’s most compelling LGBT people.

subscribeOut’s Ally of the Year is President Barack Obama, and according to the publication, this is “the first time a sitting president has been photographed for the cover of an LGBT title, a historic moment in itself, and a statement on how much his administration has done to advance a singularly volatile issue that tarnished the reputations of both President Clinton and President Bush.” On June 26 the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to wed.  Read more

This year the honorees include Black Lives Matter activists Alicia Garza and Deray Mckesson, actresses Lily Tomlin and Cynthia Nixon, and style mavens Kehinde Wiley, Lee Daniels and Jeremy Scott.

We celebrated the impressive accolades of these well-deserved individuals with New York City taste makers – fashion guru, Miss J Alexander; producers and partners, Patrick L. Riley and Anthony Harper; Uptown Magazine’s Editor-in-chief, Isoul Harris; and designer, Jeffrey Williams – with lots of bubbly, Ketel One and hors d’oeuvres at Guastavino‘s in New York City.











DailyCommune chose to spotlight honorees that we feel resonate with our audience (all intros are from Out Magazine):

Out100: Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza, special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 to combat anti-black racism after the murder of Trayvon Martin. Read more

Out100: Kehinde Wiley & Lee Daniels

With his subversive take on European masterpieces — young black men in T-shirts and Timberlands against ornate floral backgrounds — Kehinde Wiley has become an international art brand. This year, “A New Republic,” a mid-career retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, showcased his greatest hits. His work was also prominent in Lee Daniels’s runaway smash, Empire, seen hanging alongside Basquiats and a Monet in the Lyons mansion.  Read more

Out100: Deray Mckesson

“You are the social media emperor!” said Hillary Clinton to DeRay Mckesson when he told her their goodbyes were being shared with the world on Periscope. The exchange followed a “tough, productive, and candid” October meeting, which he secured by tweeting to her, in advance of the presidential candidate’s releasing a policy platform on social justice issues. Read more

Out100: Breanna Sinclairé

When San Francisco-based soprano Breanna Sinclairé belted “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a stadium of thousands at an Oakland A’s game this summer, she became the first transgender woman to sing the national anthem at a professional sporting event. Read more

Out100: Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin never had a newsworthy coming-out moment. Since the 1970s, when she met her wife, Jane Wagner, her sexual orientation has simply been something that’s known. She hasn’t strived to be a role model, and as she told Out in May, she thinks “the gay community is far too sophisticated to be indebted to role models.” Read more

Out100: Cynthia Nixon

Beloved by countless gay fans for her role as tough, ambitious Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon earned her reputation for being on top of things — in the know, on the ball. Perhaps owing to her years as an LGBT activist, strangers peppered Nixon with questions days before the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, as if, naturally, she’d be a step ahead. Read more

Out100: Le1F

One of this year’s most promising debuts, Le1f’s Riot Boi delivers on its title’s promise. The Harlem rapper and producer’s first studio album is the sound of simmering desire, unleashed fury, and rafter-shaking elation, a labyrinthine, sociopolitical assault on the senses. Read more

Out100: Jim Obergefell

Before his husband, John Arthur, died from ALS in 2013, Jim Obergefell decided that he would no longer allow himself and Arthur to be treated as second-class citizens, and filed suit against the state of Ohio to demand recognition of their lawful Maryland marriage on Arthur’s impending death certificate. That chain of events led to Obergefell becoming the lead plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, argued before the Supreme Court earlier this year. Read more

Out100: Shamir

This year, 21-year-old Shamir Bailey emerged as a poster child for a new generation of pop star: the post-queer, post-gender, fearlessly original kind. With its infectious beats, its whip-smart rhymes, and the singer’s Michael Jackson-like falsetto, Bailey’s debut album, Ratchet, presents itself as a celebration of difference without the sloganeering that often accompanies pro-LGBT music. Read more

Out100: Juliana Huxtable

As part of the House of Ladosha collective, Juliana Huxtable has become synonymous with the resurgence of an unabashedly queer subculture in New York City, one whose influence on art, fashion, and media is stronger than ever. This year, Huxtable was the star of the New Museum’s Triennial, which showed two of her self-portrait prints and a sculpture that depicted both her female and male anatomy (she was born intersex and raised as male). Read more

Out100: Alex Newell

In this year’s final season of Glee,  —  Newell, who played transgender teen Wade, had the opportunity to belt out the Hairspray ballad “I Know Where I’ve Been,” with a 200-person chorus of trans men and women as backup. It was the actor-singer’s final solo on the show, and he says it was the highlight of his year, which also included lending his pipes to club tracks by the likes of Blonde and the Knocks. Read more

Out100: Jeremy Scott

In 2013, Jeremy Scott took the reins of the Italian couture house Moschino, his biggest challenge yet. Since then, his name has been on every fashionista’s lips: Scott dressed Katy Perry for her Super Bowl halftime performance; outfitted Miley Cyrus for the VMAs; was the subject of a documentary, Jeremy Scott: The Peoples Designer, about his Missouri upbringing; and even managed to get Empire’s Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) to flaunt his looks when the show returned this fall. Read more

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