Chicago-area native and out singer/songwriter Steve Grand is among those making Out
's annual list of influential LGBT personalities."This has been my dream," Grand said in the Out profile. "It makes me feel really good that something I created has inspired others, or made them feel a little less alone in the world."Grand's gay-themed "All-American Boy" became an instant YouTube hit when it was released on July 2, topping out at 1 million views just 8 days after its release, turning Grand into an overnight Internet celebrity. His follow up single, "Stay", has also been well received.The gay lifestyle magazine began slowly unwrapping its annual 'Out 100' list on Tuesday.The list, which names the most influential and inspirational LGBT personalities, also includes acting legend Sir Ian McKellan, "Scandal" star Guillermo Diaz, transgender advocate Janet Mock, soccer player Robbie Rogers, basketball player Brittney Griner, HRC President Chad Griffin and writer and activist Dustin Lance Black, among others.
The 'Out 100' list and photos revealed so far can be found at www.out.com/OUT100
.Related: ChicagoPride.com interview with Steve Grand