Out.com's The Men & Women Who Made 2008
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<http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=24228>The Men & Women Who Made 2008
A year to remember with the 14th annual Out 100.
In the GOLDEN AGE of HOLLYWOOD, icons were
created. America's dreams and desires were writ
large, creating a new kind of shared experience
where, even amid our setbacks and defeats,
anything seemed possible. Into this era of
exuberance we cast the Out 100, our unashamedly
subjective list of the gay men and women who
moved culture -- ours and the culture at large --
over the past year. These artists, activists,
athletes, and aesthetes embody triumph, daring, ingenuity, and integrity.
With photography by GREG LOTUS, ROGER ERICKSON & LEE JENKINS
One of our favorite out actors continues to be
ever more compelling as he storms the British
airwaves as the pansexual Captain Jack Harkness on the BBC smash hit Torchwood.
His new memoir, Anything Goes, a frank and
unvarnished look at his life, reflects on his
adventures in Scotland, the United States, and
London; coming out (thankfully, not a tortured
affair); his husband, Scott; and exploits on and
backstageoccasionally without pants.
Whether strutting onstage or off, Ian McKellen
remains one of our most visible, grandest
advocatesand the most tireless. The son of
pacifists, and a lifelong atheist, he has been
out since 1988the year in which the British
government enacted a controversial act, popularly
known as Clause 28, forbidding the "promotion" of
homosexuality "as a pretended family
relationship" in schools. That same year McKellen
met with British Secretary for the Environment
Michael Howard, hoping to enlist his opposition.
Howard refused, but asked for McKellen's
autograph. The actor gallantly pulled out a pen,
before writing: "Fuck off, I'm gay."
While the stakes seemed higher in the '80s,
McKellen's unapologetic stance stands in sharp
contrast to the quiet diplomacy of many of
today's gay actors, without having affected his
ability to attract major roles, including his
Oscar-nominated performances in 1998's Gods &
Monsters and as Gandalf in The Fellowship of the
Ring, a role he will reprise in the 2011 prequel,
The Hobbit. Next up he stars as Pozzo in a West
End production of Waiting for Godot and will be
seen here on the small screen next year in AMC's
remake of the trippy '60s British series The Prisoner.
<http://www.out.com/out100/nominees_2.asp>GEORGE TAKEI & BRAD ALTMAN
To some, George Takei will always be Star Trek's
Mr. Sulu, while to others, he's big daddy Kaito
Nakamura on Heroes. But in his biggest role to
date, he and his partner of 21 years became
husbands on September 14 in Los Angeles. As part
of their vows, Brad Altman (seated) said that
he'd called Takei many things during their time
together"life partner, significant other"but
now "I can add 'my husband' to the list of things I call you."
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'Precious and rare all Love is, gender matters not.'
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