Out Magazine has unveiled the cover to their annual OUT 100 double issue, which is also the 200th issue of the magazine. This year the festive cover features singer Ricky Martin, news anchor Rachel Maddow, actress Julianne Moore, figure skater Johnny Weir and designer Nate Berkus.
“For this year’s cover, the five honorees all reflect major breakthroughs in the profile of the LGBTQ community, including one of the most successful pop stars of all time, a leading commentator on politics and current affairs, a wildly entertaining Olympic ice skater who captured everyone’s imagination in Vancouver this year, the first openly gay male host of a daytime TV show, and the fabulous LGBT ally Julianne Moore, star of The Kids Are All Right, a boundary-pushing movie that quietly and profoundly lent legitimacy to our relationships and families,” said Aaron Hicklin, Editor in Chief of Out.
This year’s issue features stunning imagery from photographers Larry Fink, Roger Erickson, and Jason Schmidt. Fink’s interpretation of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball re-creates a time when gay rubbed shoulders with straight and elegance trumped intolerance. Erickson brings the spirit of the Stonewall riots to life, while Schmidt pays homage to the triumph of fame, talent, and individuality that was Studio 54.
Here is what the 2010 Cover Honoree’s had to say:
Entertainer of the Year — Ricky Martin: “I am Hispanic, and I am a gay man, and they both struggle. Is it a big responsibility? It can be as big as I want it to be.”
Diva of the Year — Johnny Weir: “I’m not ashamed of anything, but I want it to be out there in my own words.”
Artist of the Year — Julianne Moore: I don’t think a movie like The Kids Are All Right could be made if this wasn’t the way that families are living today all over the United States. I choose a part because I’m interested in the role, the director, the script. I don’t go looking for something that seem political, but by virtue of the roles being intensely personal, it becomes that way.”
Newsmaker of the Year — Rachel Maddow: “We continue to have a sort of lackadaisical gay political movement that has a relationship with Democrat politicians that doesn’t serve gay rights: ‘We want to be close to you.’ Beautiful! But if we’re not getting anything for that, then it’s actually counterproductive.”
Stylemaker of the Year – Nate Berkus: “Having a daily show is an opportunity for me not to push a political agenda, but to speak out for tolerance and understanding and equality. I’ve been given an enormous opportunity, and I plan to use it responsibly.”
I love me some Nate Berkus, don’t get me wrong. He can design the hell out of anything and has been annointed by the Oprah. But I think Brad Goreski (from The Rachel Zoe Project) deserves honorable mention as Stylemaker. Just my opinion.
You can see all 100 of the 2010 Out list here. The issue will be on sale November 23rd.