Where Is the LGBTQ Representation on Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People?

Thursday September 16, 2021

Elliot Page, Ritchie Torres and Mary Trump
Elliot Page, Ritchie Torres and Mary Trump  

Time Magazine released their annual 100 Most Influential People list this year and — guess what — roughly 5% of them are LGBTQ or allies. Perhaps they determined that number by the number of LGBTQ people in the population.

Those who are out amongst the 100 are Tim Cook, Bowen Yang, Little Nas X, and Willow Smith. The list also includes such gay icons as Dolly Parton and Britney Spears. All well and good. Congratulations to the honorees, but that there wasn't one transperson on the list is an oversight. Not to mention any out sports personalities in a year when LGBTQ representation at the Olympic Games was a big news story. Or that the past year has seen an exponential growth of LGBTQ elected officials. "Every state but Mississippi now has at least one L.G.B.T.Q. elected official," the New York Times wrote citing a recent report.

Elliot Page

Elliot Page made the cover of Time as its first openly trans man in March, but didn't make the list. At the time of his coming out last December, he was recovering from top surgery, a process he told the magazine was "not only life-changing but lifesaving." He also revealed that at the age of nine, "I felt like a boy... I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday."

Mj Rodriguez

History was made when the Emmy nominations were announced in June when Mj Rodriguez was acknowledged for playing Blanca Evangelista on "Pose," which made her the first transgendered actor nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Latest polls suggest that she may pull an upset this weekend when the winners will be announced at the annual ceremony. (Note: Rodriguez was on Time Magazine's 100 Next list in 2019.)

Pete Buttigieg

Amongst the politicos on the Time List are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and (groan) Joe Manchin, which is to be expected. But what of Mayor Pete? He went from a surprisingly strong presidential run last year to being named Secretary of Transportation, a position all the more powerful in DC if the President's infrastructure legislation is passed. He also recently adopted a child with husband Chasten. (Note: Buttigieg was on Time Magazine's 100 Next list in 2019.)

Tom Daley

The out British Olympian won both gold and bronze in Tokyo in June, and single-handedly elevated the art of crotchet and knitting to greater popularity. And with some 3.5 million followers on Instagram, he has carved a niche as an LGBTQ role model. "The fact that more people are out, I think is going to really help inspire young queer kids that don't necessarily know if they're ever going to make anything of themselves," he said. "I want to try and help continue to spread that message to try and make it as equal a playing field for all as possible."

Ryan Murphy

Is Ryan Murphy the most influential LGBTQ individual in Hollywood history? His 2018 deal with Netflix paid him $300 million over six years, and he continues working with the cable network FX, where his hugely successful franchise "American Horror Story" entered its 10th season and brought to an end his breakthrough series "Pose," which has opened the door for the casting of trans actors in Hollywood. (Note: Murphy was on Time Magazine's 100 list in 2019.)

Demi Lovato

Last March Demi Lovato came out as pansexual to radio personality Joe Rogan. Then in May they tweeted, "Today is a day I'm so happy to share more of my life with you all: I am proud to let you know that I identify as nonbinary and will officially be changing my pronouns to they/them moving forward." 2021 has been a great year for them with a four-part documentary, "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil," released in March, along with a best-selling album the following month. (Note: Lovato was on Time Magazine's 100 List in 2017.)

Rachel Levine

Trans pediatrician Rachel Levine made headlines in February when President Joe Biden nominated her to a cabinet position of United States assistant secretary for health. In March by the narrow margin of 4 votes (52-48), she was approved by the Senate, which made her the first openly transgender person to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation.

Ritchie Torres

Ritchie Torres made a number of firsts when he was elected last November to Congress from a district in the Bronx, New York. His election made him "one of the first gay Black men to serve in Congress and the first gay Afro-Latino person to serve in Congress," wrote USA Today. "Torres was the first LGBTQ person to represent the Bronx in the New York City Council, where he was also the city's youngest elected official." In the Democratic primary, he defeated Rubén Díaz Sr. in the Democratic primary in New York's 15th Congressional District. Díaz repeatedly voted against same-sex marriage legislation in the state.

Mary Trump

Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump, an out New York City psychologist and author, is the most outspoken member of the ex-President's family to speak out against him. Her bombshell book, "Too Much and Never Enough," lambasted her uncle and her family, and sold nearly a million copies on the day of its release. The book revealed that she was the anonymous source who revealed Trump family tax returns to The New York Times; the reporting won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize, according to her Wiki.

Carl Nassib

Last weekend, NFL player Carl Nassib helped lead the Las Vegas Raiders to victory against the Baltimore Ravens in the first-game he has played since he came out in June in an Instagram video. "I just want to take a quick moment to say that I'm gay," Nassib, 28, said in his Instagram video. "I've been meaning to do this for a while now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest. I really have the best life." And he showed his support for LGBTQ causes by making a $100,000 donation to The Trevor Project.