minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and the team behind
Brokeback Mountain were named winners of the
fifth annual PlanetOut Inc. Person of the Year awards
The awards recognize the people that most
profoundly impacted the lives of LGBT people in 2005,
with nominees coming from politics, film, television,
music, travel, business, fashion, and sport. In addition to
the traditional selection from the editors, this year
PlanetOut opened its online polls to let the millions
of visitors to its flagship Web sites Gay.com and
PlanetOut.com cast their votes.
Zapatero successfully championed marriage rights
for same-sex couples in his country. Brokeback
Mountain, a love story of two cowboys, is being
hailed as a cultural breakthrough.
Said PlanetOut Inc. news director Tom Musbach:
"2005 has been another decisive year in LGBT history
and culture. The fact that our editorial team and our
members chose different honorees suggests a wide range of
very deserving, influential candidates this year. LGBT
people are obviously inspired by the contributions of
both Brokeback Mountain and Prime Minister
Zapatero as signs of positive change for our future."