Two of the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, all called agents of change by President Obama, are gay icons.

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    Aug 14, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Billie Jean King and Harvey Milk (postumously) receive Medal of Freedom.

    The other recipients are:
    Nancy Brinker-founder of Susan G Komen for the Cure.

    Dr. Pedro Jose' Greer, jr-founder fo the Camillus Health Concern which treats thousands of homeless patients annually.

    Stephen Hawking-paralyzed physicist known for work on black holes and author of A Brief History of Time.

    Chief Joseph Medicine Crow-last plains indian war chief

    Chita Rivera-entertainer and winner of two tony awards.

    Mary Robinson-Ireland's first female president and former UN high commissioner on human rights.

    Dr. Janet Davison Rowley-University of Chicago professor of medicine.

    Muhammad Yunus-2008 Nobel laureate winner for pioneering micro credit for poor people.

    Sidney Poitier-actor

    Rev. Joseph Lowery-civil rights leader

    Sandra Day O'Connor-former supreme court justice (1st female to sit on court).

    Desmond Tutu-former Anglican archbishop of the South Africa.

    Senator Edward Kennedy-for his legislative work on equal opportunity.

    Also award, postumously-Rep. Jack Kemp.-for work in development of underserved communities.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/12/medal.of.freedom/index.html?section=cnn_latest

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    Aug 14, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    Are you suggesting that Chita isn't a gay icon? I beg to differ. She may not be gay, but she's certainly a gay icon, at least in my circles. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    I saw this list the other day. It truly represents diversity and the ones I know of (about half) I feel really deserved it.

    This is really cool.
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:30 AM GMT
    I have question for Sidney Poitier? He is an actor but did he fight for the cause?
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    I can understand Republican Harvey Milk, for the advancements he created for the homosexuals of SF. But Billie Jean King? What did she ever do but make Movies? Is it because she was such a tragic figure like Ms Garland, who got booed of stage in Melbourne for being to drunk, and under the influence of drugs ( a great role model:rollicon_smile.gif to perform, that they are gay Icons? Sorry as a homosexual, and yes I have not been with out my trials and tribulations, can not relate to either of them, as in King or Garland, and look how she tortured her bisexual husband.
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    Matey saidI can understand Republican Harvey Milk, for the advancements he created for the homosexuals of SF. But Billie Jean King? What did she ever do but make Movies?

    Ummmm... she became a world-famous female tennis champion? What movies was she famous for?

    Minor correction to Erik's list: the title of Prof. Hawking's book is "A Brief History of Time."
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    I've been out since I was 29 and had never heard of Chita Rivera until today. But it is cool that she was the first hispanic to be honored by the Kennedy Center.

    Sidney Poitier was the first african american male to win a best acting oscar.
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    Aug 14, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    Red Vespa said---Minor correction to Erik's list: the title of Prof. Hawking's book is "A Brief History of Time."

    Thanks....suffered a bit of dyslexia at the moment of writing of this topic....icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    Rodmramer saidI have question for Sidney Poitier? He is an actor but did he fight for the cause?


    I think with Sidney it's more the roles he took in film and theatre and how he didn't allow himself to be typecast as a black actor. His roles, especially early in his career, were quite prominant compared to those that other black actors were receiving. He was the first black man to win the best actor oscar, and was the only one until Denzel Washington won in that category 38 years later.
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    Aug 14, 2009 11:40 AM GMT
    Where can I sign up to become a gay icon? Is there an application fee or an interview process?
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    Erik Billie Jean King is nor dead.
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:50 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidErik Billie Jean King is nor dead.


    I know. That is why I put postumously beside Harvey Milk's name because he is dead.
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:28 PM GMT
    Howdy Erik,

    I realize that after I had already pressed "post". my bad bro! 8=)
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:56 PM GMT
    Rodmramer saidI have question for Sidney Poitier? He is an actor but did he fight for the cause?


    His acting career alone broke down NUMEROUS STEREOTYPES of African-American men.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Poitier

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    Poitier (left) with Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston at a 1963 Civil Rights March at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial
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    Aug 14, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidHowdy Erik,

    I realize that after I had already pressed "post". my bad bro! 8=)



    No problem, Mr. Ducky! icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 15, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    Matey saidI can understand Republican Harvey Milk,


    Milk was a Republican?!? News to me. He must be spinning in his grave right now.
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    Aug 15, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    Rodmramer saidI have question for Sidney Poitier? He is an actor but did he fight for the cause?


    Read his book, THIS LIFE. It'll give you something to think about. Poitier brought himself up from total poverty as an immigrant. His story is very compelling, and yes, he did MUCH to change the landscape of film and American cultural perceptions of Black people. He was also, I believe, the first American Black man ever to direct a feature film.