Since we began
Outspoken in the summer of 2020, we had this simple idea: compile a list of the most influential LGBTs in media, politics, entertainment, and online who challenge convention, stand up against groupthink, and embody values of freedom, liberty, and the First Amendment.
We continued to run into a problem. What was originally conceived of as the
Outspoken 50 quickly became the Outspoken 100, and only grew from there. While we tend to think of ourselves as a niche demographic, we began to realize perhaps the opposite might be true. There were simply too many names we wanted to include and, inevitably, someone would be left out.
At the risk of drawing ire from personalities and their fans who felt they’d been snubbed, we shelved the idea temporarily.
Outspoken always set out to be a touchstone, a home base, for a surging, often disjoined, sentiment in the LGBT zeitgeist: those putting up a challenge to liberal orthodoxy and the increasingly dangerous and insane prerogatives pushed forth in the guise of LGBT rights. Singling out just some influencers seemed counterproductive to our mission.
And, yet, such a list still felt important, not only to inspire and elevate, but to show villains in media and Gay, Inc. just how influential and diverse these voices had become. We decided for the inaugural edition of this feature, which, going forward, will run every year in December, to go smaller, rather than bigger. This year,
Outspoken editors combed through an exhaustive list of our favorite people to pick 25 LGBTs who made headlines in 2021, who recently burst onto the scene, or who have been trailblazers in shattering the left’s monochromatic depiction of the rainbow.
This list is too short, and that’s on purpose. As
Outspoken, and organizations like the Log Cabin Republicans, continue to experience explosive growth, we look forward to working with our old friends and making new ones in the battles that await us in 2022, where LGBT conservatives, libertarians, and freethinkers promise to be an unshakable and deciding force.
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Tammy Bruce is an independent conservative voice on radio and several Fox News primetime shows. The Tammy Bruce Show premiered on the radio in 1993 in Los Angeles and was nationally syndicated in 2005. In order to make her show independent, in 2009 it was moved online, and Tammy Radio remains the #1 program on the internet radio hub TalkStreamLive for three consecutive years.
Bruce is also a columnist for the Washington Times and has authored three books, teasing on social media that there is a fourth in the works. While suffering from laryngitis which kept her from doing her radio hosting duties, she tweeted, “I do have a new book I’m working on which is a bit behind schedule so perhaps this is the universe’s way of kicking me in the derriere suggesting I hunker down!” (Image // Fox News)
In October 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Patrick Bumatay to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s most liberal federal appellate court. Bumatay was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2019, becoming the first openly gay judge in the Ninth Circuit and the first Filipino-American to sit on an Article III federal appellate court. Despite this, Bumatay faced staunch opposition from California’s two Democratic U.S. Senators, Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris. (Image // San Diego Union Tribune)
Former New York State Assemblyman Ron Castorina made history in 2021 by becoming the first gay Republican elected to a judgeship in New York’s Supreme Court. On election night, he told reporters, “You can be a gay Republican and still be conservative, and you don’t have to be gay the way that they want you to be.”
Since entering politics, the born and raised Staten Islander has been a bane in the side of New York City’s liberal establishment. He gained citywide notoriety by suing the Department of Education when it threatened to take school buses away from his district and once sued Mayor Bill De Blasio over granting city IDs to illegal aliens. (Image // SILive)
Bret Easton Ellis
American author, screenwriter, short-story writer, and director Bret Easton Ellis is perhaps best known for writing the novels American Psycho and Rules of Attraction, both of which have been made into feature films.
Ellis has called himself a centrist and not overly political. Viewing politics and the world through a lens of logic, he championed free speech in America and has called out the hypocrisy of the left saying that the progressive movement is “as authoritarian as what they’re protesting.” His first novel in 12 years, The Shards, is due out next year. (Image // Los Angeles Magazine)
Chad Felix Greene
Chad Felix Greene is an author and political writer with contributions to the Post Millennial as well as the Federalist. He defended the Trump administration from the anti-LGBT lies perpetrated by the media in his book Without Context: Evaluating the Anti-LGBT Claims Against the Trump Administration. He is very active on Twitter where he calls out rabid leftist LGBT activists and LGBT publications for their hypocrisy and intolerance daily.
Greene has spoken publicly about dealing with gender dysphoria and seeking therapy to help combat it. To date, that therapy has been successful for him as he has written, “Even if I would prefer to be female, I understand that my body is male, and therefore the most effective and healthiest plan of action is to align my sense of gender to that unchangeable state.” (Image // The Federalist)
In 2013, Glenn Greenwald won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his reporting exposing vast British and American domestic spying operations based on intelligence provided by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
In recent years, Greenwald has attracted ire from leftwing journalists for calling out the excesses and hypocrisies of liberal mainstream media. In 2020, he resigned from The Intercept, a news website he co-founded, after he claimed the outlet was attempting to censor negative reporting on Joe Biden. Since 2018, he has been a regular guest on Fox News and Tucker Carlson Tonight, where he remains a powerful critic of government overreach and authoritarianism. (Image // The Daily Beast)
Richard Grenell holds the honor of being the first openly gay member of a Presidential Cabinet, where he served as Acting Director of National Intelligence under President Donald Trump. He also served as the ambassador to Germany as well as a special Presidential Envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace negotiations.
Grenell is a strong conservative voice on Twitter as he calls out the hypocrisy of the left and the current administration. He has helped take up the cause of fighting for human rights for LGBTs in the Middle East. In 2021, Grenell launched his Fix California initiative focusing on education and voter integrity in his home state. It was recently announced that he joined the Newsmax team as a national security contributor and vice president for international development. (Image // Politico)
Jim Hoft founded the Gateway Pundit, one of the nation’s leading conservative news outlets, in 2004 to “speak the truth” and “expose the wickedness of the left.” By the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Gateway Pundit had expanded well beyond its founding as a one-man operation to receiving over one-million hits per day, ranking it among the top four right-leaning news outlets in the country.
Following the 2016 Pulse nightclub terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., Hoft came out as gay, blaming then President Obama for the attacks and derided leftists who pointed fingers at Christians and gun-owners in the aftermath of the tragedy. Following the presidential election of 2020, Gateway Pundit relentlessly investigated rampant claims of voter fraud and election malfeasance, which resulted in the top-ranking news outlet getting banned from Twitter and de-monetized from left-wing Google’s advertising revenue service. (Image // CNN)
Raunchy, outrageous drag queen Hogatha is a throwback to legendary performers like Divine, when drag was less polished and mainstream and a bit more shocking and filthy. Hogatha is one of the very few drag queens who has been unabashedly outspoken against the sickening trend of indoctrinating children into drag culture, continually ridicules so-called Drag Queen Story Time sessions for children, and lambasts the LGBT left’s burgeoning pedophilia problem.
Billing himself, sarcastically, as a “1% African, 20% Latin X, colored, vegan fluid, misgendered, nonbinary, intersectional feminist, lesbian,” to mock the asinine, participation trophy culture of the left, Hogatha has been so effective at trolling liberals he even inadvertently trolls the right, who’ve often derided his videos before understanding they’re satire. (Image // YouTube)
Marcus, known on social media as The Offensive Tranny, is a self-labeled Danish conservative transexual and an outspoken opponent of overly zealous trans activists. He calls himself a “trans educator not an activist” and pushes back on the idea that gender is not binary and resents the fact that the gender non-conforming crowd inserts itself into the trans identity. “The ‘non-binary’ identity has nothing to do with transsexualism,” Marcus has tweeted. (Image // YouTube)
Jaimee Michell, known on social media as TheGayWhoStrayed, is a viral meme creator and strong conservative social media presence. She describes herself as a “right wing lesbian fighting for truth,” and has fallen prey to the tech overlords by being banned after amassing over 240,000 followers on Instagram.
Michell has recently been an outspoken force against Covid regulations and the vaccine mandates. So many of her Instagram posts about the vaccine were being flagged that she has taken to scratching through the word wherever it appears in hopes of staving off another ban. (Image // Outspoken)
Deroy Murdock’s impressive career in politics includes working for both of former President Ronald Regan’s campaigns. He is a prolific writer and columnist with contributions in the New York Post, the Boston Herald, the Washington Times, National Review, and the Orange County Register. He’s not a fan of social media and does not have any accounts of his own. He takes umbrage over one’s ability to post incendiary things anonymously hiding behind a computer screen and keyboard.
As a gay, black conservative, Murdock has also spoken out about the “racial hoaxster and weapons-grade pathological liar” Jussie Smollett. In a recent op-ed he calls for Smollett to serve the maximum sentence for his crimes writing, “Having lied to the cops, divided the nation, and torched police assets, Smollett deserves the maximum 15-years in prison when he is sentenced next year.” (Image // CPAC 2018)
British author and political commentator Douglas Murray serves as an associate editor for the Spectator and has written extensively on history, culture, politics, and the complexity of their interactions.
Murray is working on a new book due to be released in April 2022 entitled The War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason in which he asks the question, “If the history of humankind is a history of slavery, conquest, prejudice, genocide, and exploitation, why are only Western nations taking the blame for it?” (Image // The Globe and Mail)
Canadian-born journalist and author Andy Ngo is editor-at-large of the Post Millennial and a regular Fox News commentator. He has testified several times before Congress about the political unrest he witnessed and documented in Portland, Ore.
Ngo is perhaps best known for his work exposing vigilante groups like Antifa. Due to his work, he has been the victim of many personal attacks, at least one of which was life threatening, and he has been actively hunted by radical leftists. His research is documented in his exposé book Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. (Image // Willamette Week)
Scott Presler, also known as The Persistence on Twitter, is a conservative powerhouse who has singlehandedly spearheaded a movement traveling around the country registering new voters for the Republican party. He takes a true grassroots approach to make the party and the conservative movement stronger one person at a time. He and his team work to get Republicans and conservatives elected from municipal levels to the highest federal levels.
Presler has also organized citywide clean up initiatives in many of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. The effort started in Baltimore, Md., and quickly spread to other Democrat-run cities that had become hotspots of squalor. (Image // The Baltimore Sun)
Anthony Rai, known online as ConservativeAnt, is a rising star on social media known for his hilarious and ruthless mockery of leftwing media and policies. This year, at over 700,000 followers, his TikTok account was suddenly banned. But his raucous criticisms of Covid restrictions and comedic commentary on President Biden’s ineptitude has followed him onto Instagram, where his fandom is rapidly growing. (Image // GETTR)
Dave Rubin is an author and. host of his YouTube talk show The Rubin Report. Rubin classifies himself as a “classical liberal” and has been staunchly outspoken against the progressive left and age of identity politics that has recently emerged. He said during a 2019 interview, “[W]hether you’re gay or straight or black or white or female or trans, those things are actually completely irrelevant other than your thoughts; your thoughts and actions are what matters.”
Rubin and his husband recently left the leftist haven of California and moved to Florida. “I am officially leaving the dystopian nightmare of California for the free state of Florida. My successful business and all my employees are coming with,” he said in a tweet. Perhaps his relocation will save him some tax money from the sales of his newest book due to come out in 2022, Don’t Burn This Country: Surviving and Thriving in Our Woke Dystopia. (Image // National Review)
California-based singer-songwriter Ricky Rebel is perhaps most widely known for the pro-Trump jacket he sported on the 61st Annual Grammy Awards red carpet. He stated, "I'm reflecting millions of Americans out there who voted for Trump. Keep America great. That's right, baby. We are here. We're here all around the world, 50 million of us. My name is Ricky Rebel and I'm a reflection of America.”
Rebel has toured with Britney Spears and shared stages with Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists including Kesha, Mya, Patti Labelle, and Colbie Caillat. He has released four albums and has a new book of photography on the way. (Image // 9News)
Lesbian YouTuber Arielle Scarcella officially came out as conservative in early 2020. She claims that she didn't leave the left, but rather the left left her. Scarcella took umbrage with the insanity and intolerance the new progressive left exhibited, specifically among LGBT activists.
Scarcella’s YouTube videos focused on sex and sexuality, and more recently she has become outspoken against the lies and rhetoric of LGBT partisan activists. Since the shift in messaging, Scarcella has faced some backlash from her YouTube peers and has even seen some demonetization, but her following and popularity continues to grow as she speaks up for truth. (Image // The Advertiser)
Eddie Scarry is an author and journalist where he regularly writes for the Federalist as well as the New York Post, and he has recently become a contributor for Outspoken.
His book Privileged Victims warns us of the nefarious intentions behind the new woke movement in America. “Bewildered citizens mistakenly believe that it’s a matter of political correctness gone too far or the ailing symptoms of a country that has grown too sensitive. The truth is much worse: it’s a deliberate, malignant reorganization of American life and the replacement of merit with mediocrity is the ultimate destination,” Scarry writes. (Image // The Washington Examiner)
Author and decorated Iraq War veteran Rob Smith, who bills himself “America’s favorite black, gay Republican, had a political awakening in 2018 when he came out as a conservative in an article for the Daily Mail. He’s since gone on to write a book, become a regular on cable news, and speak at universities and companies across the country.
The Turning Point USA Ambassador has also launched a podcast, Rob Smith Is Problematic, where he takes on political issues and culture war battles of the day. (Image // Turning Point USA)
In 2016, entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made history as the first openly gay man to address the Republican National Convention. He spoke on the same night as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, telling convention-goers “"Every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American."
Thiel’s speech was met with uproarious applause and his appearance solidified a sea-change in the Republican party’s attitude toward LGBT issues, one also embodied by the future president, much to the frustration and confusion of leftwing LGBT activists. (Image // The New York Post)
Social media influencer and political commentator Christian Walker describes himself as a “free-speech radicalist,” and hosts the podcast Uncancellable. He is the son of Georgia senate candidate and former NFL star Hershel Walker.
Walker is known for his political rants in the Starbucks drive-thru line. But his most recent semi-viral video showed him pointing out the high gas prices in California due to inflation and Joe Biden’s policies. His criticism never fails to upset leftists on social media, even catching the ire of former celebrities like Kathy Griffin. (Image // Instagram)
Conservative transgender YouTuber Blaire White makes videos about trans issues and speaks out against pedophiles and predatory behavior towards children. She has been one of the few voices online giving a platform for de-transitioners, those who began hormone treatment for gender dysphoria but then changed their minds, to tell their stories.
White recently left Hollywood, Calif. to move to the more conservative state of Texas. She was slated to appear on the Dr. Phil show, but her episode was pulled and producers informed her it would never air. White speculates that the decision to pull the episode was due to the fact that she did not give them the politically correct soundbites that they wanted on issues such as trans sports and trans bathroom usage. (Image // YouTube)
Struther White is a professional dancer originally from Maryland and has performed on the Emmys, The Ellen Show, the People’s Choice Awards, and assisted on season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance. He has also shared the stage with many musicians including Kanye West, Blake Shelton, Sofia Carson, Backstreet Boys, Eden XO, Aluna George, Jack Black, Will.i.Am, Leona Lewis, and Sam Tsui.
White has also been an ambassador for Turning Point USA and is outspoken about his political beliefs on Instagram. Despite being in the entertainment industry, he firmly believes that he has a right and responsibility to speak his mind and opinion. He feels that art should be controversial and not fit one mold. “We have been owned by the leftist media for so long in our industry. It is our time to fight back,” he said in an Instagram video. (Image // Clear Talent Group)