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Out magazine's 18th annual Out100 portfolio captures this year's most entertaining, heroic, and intriguing figures, from all walks of life — including chefs, Obama staffers, a legendary painter, emerging musicians, and even a professional poker player. These four collectible covers of Andrew Rannells, Sharon Needles, Boy George, and Jane Lynch for the 2012 Out100 are no less inspiring. See them now, and be sure to visit the Out100 2012 hub page for a complete list of this year's honorees.
“I feel very proud to be a part of The New Normal,” Rannells says. “I hope that it’s considered to be a part of the evolution of gay relationships on television. Coming from Nebraska, it’s exciting to me that people I went to grade school with, people that I grew up going to church with, are watching the show.”
“Nothing lasts forever,” says Needles. “Drag Race isn’t just a competition I took part in, it’s also my favorite television show of all time, so I’m looking forward to sitting in my easy chair and watching the tears, the fashion, and the cat fights.”
"What I’ve realized is that the world hasn’t changed," says Boy George, "there are still lots of places where people are having a really, really hard time because of their sexuality, and I think one of the most important things I can do is be a self-respecting gay public figure.”
Read the full story: Boy George
“The difference between people like me and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey [is] there’s kind of an entitlement that they have to their right to have a seat at the table,” Lynch says. “They’re out there saying, ‘This is what I do, and this is why it’s funny. And if you don’t like it, you don’t like it.’ But it looks like everybody likes it.”
Read the full story: Jane Lynch