The Pulitzer Prize judges said it best when writer extraodinare Hilton Als was awarded two prizes. “For bold and original reviews that strove to put stage dramas within a real-world cultural context, particularly the shifting landscape of gender, sexuality and race,” of his widely read criticisms in The New Yorker, where he wrote from 1989-2017. For the 50th anniversary of the Pride Parade in 2020, Queerty named Als as one of the 50 heroes who led the nation toward equality, acceptance and dignity for all people. Today, Als continues his work as an acclaimed author and editor of many books, including his recent: God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin for which an accompanying exhibition was recently mounted at the Brooklyn Museum. —K.M.