RuPaul, Gavin Grimm, and Sarah Paulson are among the 100 most influential people of 2017.
The three gay and trans icons made the cut and are featured in this year’s TIME 100 list.
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins also secured himself a place on the list.
For RuPaul, supermodel Naomi Campbell wrote a touching piece about the first time they met and how Ru inspired her since then.
‘Ru was different. Not just because he had perfect, precise clothes and makeup, or because he was the only man I knew who could look that good in a wig and heels,’ she said.
‘There were no rough edges to be found. But as I got to know him better, I got to experience firsthand his wit and his intelligence — he’s like an encyclopedia.
‘And his beauty is far beyond skin-deep.’
She praised his efforts to bring drag to a wider audience, before saying: ‘I am blessed to know Ru. We all are.’
Trans rights activist, writer, and TV host Janet Mock praised Gavin Grimm, whose Supreme Court Case was on the way to change the lives and rights of trans students across the US.
Mock described Grimm as ‘the cherubic face of a reductive, dirty debate about trans people’s right to exist in public spaces without hostility, harassment and violence’.
While the SCOTUS dropped Grimm’s case for the right to use the boy’s bathroom at school, it remains ongoing in Virginia.
‘His case, which remains ongoing in Virginia, has implications that extend far beyond bathrooms. It’s about a greater sense of belonging for us all,’ Mock said.
‘At school, at home and in our neighborhoods and places of work and worship. So many are made to feel as if they should hide, pretend or perish.
‘Gavin’s refusal to be treated unjustly is an enduring reminder that we will not be stayed.’
And Sarah Paulson’s blurb was written by her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett, who described the actor as ‘unique and unboxable’ and ‘remaining true to her distinct voice’.
‘When I first met [Paulson}, on the set of Carol, I was floored by her buoyancy, her irreverence, her left-field sense of humor and her devotion to her craft,’ Blanchett said.
‘You enter a scene with Sarah and it’s game on. She brings with her, in work as in life, the sense that anything is possible. Anything.’
Also on the list, which intends to highlight the world’s most influential people, are Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Author: Stefanie Gerdes