2012 was certainly the year of the LGBT. There were memorable comings-out, such as those of CNN host Anderson Cooper, actor Matt Bomer, and the plethora of Olympians, like U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe. We also declared victory for marriage equality in three states during the November election, which also saw Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin elected as the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. We’ve come a long way since the time we feared arrest for simply having a cocktail together. The country loves us! But let’s face it, if it weren’t for visibility in the media, we would surely not have advanced as quickly or as much as we have.That’s why we find it so important to research and deliver the year’s most “wanted” LGBTs. For the first time, this week we’re delivering a daily list of the most followed, most viewed, most liked, and most searched people within our community on the world’s most popular sites. To kick off the list, we bring to you 2012’s Most Followed LGBTs on Twitter:
The seemingly BFF to the Hollywood elite, photographer Terry Richardson, posted a full set of photos on his blog TerrysDiary.com this week featuring Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga. Lohan is seen at her residence at the Chateau Marmont, gushing over Marilyn with a cigarette fixated in hand; while Gaga gives us her best Sunset Strip on Super Bowl Sunday. Two more photos after the jump.
Lady Gaga is gearing up for her world tour, and tweeted her 19 million followers a preview of the impressive stage. Accompanied by the tweet “THE BORN THIS WAY BALL 2012-2013,” the photo depicts a large gothic castle on stage and surrounded by the New York city skyline. Noticeably different from her previous tours is the elongated catwalk that physically surrounds a general admission audience, which she calls the “Monster Pit.” Tour dates have yet to be announced.
The Trevor Project recognized singer Lady Gaga last night at their annual Trevor Live event in Hollywood. She was presented with the “Hero Award” for her commitment and contributions to the LGBT community, including her recent advocacy for anti-bullying legislation. The Born This Way singer accepted her award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, the New York teenager who committed suicide in September after being bullied and taunted endlessly for being gay.
Watch Gaga’s full acceptance speech, and see more photos from Sunday’s event after the jump.
Gaga Alert! The pop superstar has teamed up with infamous photographer Terry Richardson for a 350-page photo book, released Tuesday. LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON (Grand Central Publishing; $50) is an intimate look into the singer’s busy life, documented over a ten month period and capturing every detail from boozy baths and late-night snacks, to sold-out concerts and grammy wins. Click through for a sneak peek, including 6 more photos, from the must-have coffee table book of the year for little monsters everywhere.