Name: Frank Ocean
Distinction: An American singer, songwriter and rapper. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as John Legend, Justin Bieber, and Brandy.
Brief History: A member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future, his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. Ocean became one of the first major African-American music artists to announce that he had once fallen in love with someone of the same sex.
Importance: Major, popular figures coming out into the public eye is important for representation and acceptance. His bravery will be remembered as a bedrock in the future.