Sir Ian McKellan, whose incredible talent as an actor will have him remembered for many classic performances.
T.R.Knight, for the dignity with which he faced his 'outing' by a homophobic colleague.
Melissa Etheridge, for not only her talent but her willingness to share her struggle with and eventual survival of cancer.
k.d.Lang, for the courage it took to face rejection by the country music community and, being immensely talented, succeed in spite thereof.
The list goes on and on. There are many talented, creative and courageous gay and lesbian people in this world, who should be humbly appreciated for their immense contributions.