After multiple postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Met Gala finally returned on Monday (September 13), summoning the hottest celebrities and public figures du jour for fashion’s biggest night out. The theme of the evening was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” in celebration of the Met Costume Institute’s forthcoming exhibit of the same name.
Plenty of LGBTQ+ artists and activists were in attendance, and they did not pass up a prime opportunity to stunt. Find 10 of our fave queer looks from the event below, listed in no particular order.
Megan Rapinoe’s “In Gay We Trust” clutchJeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
The out Olympian and fierce advocate for pay equality in sports really understood the assignment.
Nikkie de Jager’s subtle homage to Marsha P. JohnsonJohn Shearer/WireImage
This embellished tulle gown is beautiful in its own right, but de Jager took things one step further by including the phrase “Pay it no mind,” a quote from Stonewall-era transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, on the train.
Lil Nas X’s knight eleganzaMike Coppola/Getty Images
The “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” icon sported a stunning, knight-inspired look with not one, but two reveals.
Frank Ocean and his…green robot baby?Taylor Hill/WireImage
We don’t entirely get it, but we appreciate the out rapper/PrEP party host’s effort.
Dan Levy’s globe-trotting, very gay ’fitJohn Shearer/WireImage
The Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator took this year’s place-based theme quite literally, sporting a pastel-hued set with map motifs galore — and the silhouettes of two men kissing.
Kim Petras’s horse head coutureANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
Petras really said justice for horse girls (and no, we’re not talking about purveyors of a certain party drug).
Elliot Page’s green carnationMike Coppola/Getty Images
At first glance, the Umbrella Academy star appears to be wearing a plain black suit, but the green carnation pinned to his jacket is actually an Oscar Wilde reference.
Troye Sivan’s chic cutoutsTaylor Hill/WireImage
Heeled books, sexy cutouts, and a leather cuff? We’re listening.
Symone’s golden glamourDimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
The Drag Race Season 13 winner glistened from head to toe in a beaded Moschino gown.
Mj Rodriguez’s sculpted gownTaylor Hill/WireImage
The Pose alum always stuns on a red carpet, and this sculptural look was no exception.