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People of the Year

To close out each year, The Advocate honors the LGBTQ+ change-makers and culture-shifters that have had the most influence on the world. The Advocate proudly presents the People of the Year:

Meet The 2022 Advocate People of the Year Honorees

LGBTQ+ heroes like Dot-Marie Jones and Mrs. Kasha Davis share what The Advocate means to them while they’re honored at the annual People of the Year Luncheon.

15 Images of Queer Joy at The Advocate's People of the Year Party

Kevin Aviance, Dot-Marie Jones, Amanda Bearse, and Mrs. Kasha Davis were among the celebrities toasting 2022's heroes.

LGBTQ+ Journalists Raquel Willis, Sue Kerr Do Monica Roberts Proud

Willis and Kerr, two of The Advocate's people of the year, carry the mantle of transgender coverage and mainstream accountability following the death of Roberts.

Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard Is the Anti-Trump

This philanthropist, one of The Advocate's people of the year, is determined to leave the world a better place.

Meet the Grandmother of the Trans Legal Rights Movement

Lawyer Phyllis Frye, one of our people of the year, is more than just the first out trans judge.

Beyoncé's Appreciation of Black Queer Culture Sets Her Apart

This larger-than-life icon, one of our people of the year, is not shy about giving props and displaying her influences.

Even During War, Ukraine's Zelensky Works to Advance LGBTQ+ Rights

The actor-turned-national hero, one of The Advocate's people of the year, continues to inspire.

With an Assist From Beyoncé, Black Queen Kevin Aviance Is Back

He's opened for Cher, had his own line of heels, and was named one of the most successful dance artists of all time, but his next act is just beginning.

People of the Year: All the President’s LGBTQ+ Advocates

Karine Jean-Pierre is the most visible out member of the current administration, but she's surrounded by allies and other queer trailblazers.

Maia Kobabe Wrote 2022's Most Attacked LGBTQ+ Book

This unassuming author -- and one of The Advocate's People of the Year -- found themselves targeted by a resurgent rightwing.

'What We Do in the Shadows’ Star Harvey Guillén Is Not That Innocent

The breakout star of our favorite vampire comedy channels Britney on The Advocate's year-end cover -- and proves that big, brown, and queer is also sexy as hell. 

The White House's Karine Jean-Pierre on Fixing MAGA's Mess

As the voice of the president, Jean-Pierre is changing America. That's why she's emblematic of everything the Marjorie Taylor Greenes of the world fear the most.