In celebration of Pride Month, ET is recognizing those who had an impact in the entertainment industry and helped shape pop culture over the past year. More importantly, these 15 entertainers proved why being authentic matters, whether it’s Dan Levy and Lena Waithe creating genuine, heartfelt shows that capture their own experiences on TV or Lil Nas X showing that being gay doesn’t hold you back from topping the charts.
There’s no denying that LGBTQ visibility matters -- and now, more than ever, it's important to make sure the community and other marginalized groups have a voice that is just as loud and true as others. As Waithe tells ET, “Now feels like the beginning of something.” Something that shows no sign of slowing down if these entertainers and the community as a whole keep pushing forward until all the barriers are broken.
Andrew Scott already had a devoted following for his portrayal of Benedict Cumberbatch's diabolical nemesis, Moriarty, on Sherlock, but once he donned the robes to play the character thirstily known as "Hot Priest" on the second season of Fleabag, critics and fans alike were singing his praises. "The response to the show is genuinely extraordinary," he told ET, adding that the reaction to his character -- and his heartbreaking, open-ended farewell with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's titular character in the finale -- felt inescapable. "The internet has done what they will with it." After other notable appearances in 1917, Black Mirror and Modern Love, his next role may prove to be even more iconic: He's set to play the titular role in Ripley, a new Showtime series adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley, a true legend of queer canon. --Meredith Kile