The Hidden 105

5.2.2011

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A response from three readers to our controversial 2011 Power 50 aims to celebrate a diverse group of LGBT people often overlooked by mainstream society.

From the editors:

Ever since it was launched, in May 2007, Out's annual Power List has courted controversy, from the decision to include 'glass-closeted' men and women to the inclusion of polarizing figures like Perez Hilton. This year, the editors fielded criticism for not being representative of ethnic and racial minorities, and for the absence of transgender candidates. In our defense, the Power 50 is specifically designed as a ranked list of men and women with influence in mainstream society, not within the LGBT world (a very different exercise), and the list generally reflects the hierarchies of mainstream society for better or worse. Nor is the list intended as an accolade -- for that, there is the Out 100 in December -- and those who make the list are not always worthy. Rankings are based on a combination of scores allotted for political impact, visibility, wealth, and the ability to influence public opinion. Under that criteria, for instance, a blogger like Perez Hilton -- with his huge audience and impact on the way media is consumed -- may rank higher than activists toiling in the trenches. That said, many of the names offered by our detractors have featured prominently in Out, some (including Dan Choi, Wanda Sykes, and Uvashi Vaid) in the Power 50 in previous years, and others in the Out 100. Of the names in the following list, Dr Marci Bowers was the subject of a six page feature in Out; and Pam Spaulding, Keith Boykin, Jonathan Capehart, Marjorie Hill, Calpernia Adams, Chaz Bono, Candis Cayne, Mario Cantone, Maurice Jamal, Jason Wu, Bill T. Jones, Wanda Sykes, George Takei, Margaret Cho, and Ricky Martin were all honored by being photographed for the OUT 100, a much bigger and prestigious undertaking than the Power 50. Choreographer Bill T. Jones was on the cover of the Out 100, as was Wanda Skyes, Ricky Martin, and Dan Choi. Perhaps not so 'hidden,' after all.

Aaron Hicklin
Editor in Chief

[Note: The following text appears exactly as it was received from the authors.]

It began with a salvo from OUT Magazine -- a rank order of America's most powerful gays and lesbians. This nearly whites only, no trans, bisexual nor LGBT people with disabilities need apply list, in the year of 2011 when even the first Black President of the United States says LGBT, brought more than gasps to many readers.

Immediate responses appeared online. Many have already appeared online so there may not be a need to reiterate them here. But there is one simple statement that is clear: Surely there are LGBT people of color, transsexual and /or disabled who qualify for this list'or the criteria is so skewered that in fact none of them need apply.

It is a sad testament to OUT Magazine that they could, or did not seek to find African Americans, Asians, Latinos or other minorities that could make their list. It is not because there are not members of these communities that have significant influence in the world; it simply illustrates the magazine's lack of perspective. If they think only white people have influence in the world, they are only looking at the white LGBT world. '
With the help of members of the LGBT community we have compiled a partial list of Hidden Hundred and Five lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have been overlooked. This is by no means an exhaustive list. We are the gatherers of the names, not the arbiters of who belongs here. As many as there are on this list, there are more that could be added.

Some on this list may not meet OUTS measure of power, some may. Perhaps Out needs to re-consider how it measures power, and indeed who judges it and whether and why it needs to be ranked. We ask that you post this list online both for your consideration as you go forward with your annual power list, and for the perusal and benefit now, in the present, of all your readers who missed the diversity that is inherent in the power of the LGBT rainbow.

Sincerely,
Mandy Carter, Long-time southern black lesbian social justice activist
Diego Sanchez, Long time LGBT community leader and openly transsexual man
Roberta Sklar, LGBT rights advocate and communications activist

The Hidden One Hundred and Five

The Hidden One Hundred and Five

A 2011 list of LGBT People of Color -- Black, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Latino/Latina, Native Americans, Transgender, Bisexual and Disabled-- America's LGBT leaders, thinkers, scientists, researchers, scholars, journalists, justices, elected and unelected officials, trend setters, Faith leaders, celebrities, artists, activists. Powerful all.

Thought Leadership, Science and Research Equal Power
Dr. Rebecca Allison created drbecky.com; resource site focusing on the medical, legal, and spiritual needs of transgender-people. Cardiologist and President, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Chair American Medical Association Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Allison

Juan Battle, PhD Prof of Sociology, Public Health, & Urban Education, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.), Fulbright Senior Specialist, held Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. His research interests include race, sexuality, and social justice. President Association of Black Sociologists. Bigthink.com/juanbattle.

Ben Barres, Ph.D. Barres, a transsexual man who transitioned in 1997 made headlines after writing an article in Nature that addressed issues of sex and intelligence; neurobiologist researcher and teacher at Stanford University; Chair, Neurobiology department, Stanford University School of Medicine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Barres

Marci Bowers, M.D. is viewed as an innovator in the field of transgender surgery, as well as a pioneer, being the first transsexual woman to be performing the surgery.[ Dr. Bowers puts her expertise in vaginoplasty at the disposal of victims of female genital mutilation, whom she does not charge for surgery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marci _Bowers

Cathy J. Cohen, PhD. Political Scientist, Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at University of Chicago; specializes in American politics including African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements; author of several influential books including Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics http://www.blackyouthproject.com/project/cathy-j-cohen/

Lynn Conway, Ph.D., Award winning computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, trans woman, and activist for transgender community. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Conway

Jamison Green, Author Becoming a Visible Man, widely recognized activist for the legal protection, medical access, safety, civil rights and dignity of transgender and transsexual people; prolific writer and educator on female- man transgender issues; instrumental in the 1990's in shaping legislation and successful passage of the groundbreaking San Francisco Transgender Protection Ordinance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamison_Green
Sex.ncu.edu.tw/.../Resume-JamisonGreen.pdf

Dr. David Malebranche M.D., M.P.H. is a Haitian-American physician working in the field of HIV/AIDS, research and clinical, and an Assistant Professor, Medicine". Emory University School of Medicine. http://www.med.emory.edu/faculty/profile_cv.cfm?id=849http://en.wikipedi...

Diedre McCloskey, economist and professor, has written over 20 books and 200 articles, challenging standard assumptions in the field. Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, with appointments in the Departments of Communication, Economics, English, and History, and Distinguished Professor of Economics, Art, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies, Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam. McCloskey is known for her status as a transsexual woman as well as for her contributions to economics and literature.
http://www.biographicon.com/view/b8ifo/Deirdre_McCloskey

Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D. biologist and biologist thought leader. She came out as a transsexual woman at age 52. Her books include The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness. Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People. Theory of Population Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology: an Introduction and Primer of Ecological Theory. www.stanford.edu/group/roughlab/rough.html -

Kelley Winters, Ph.D. author of Gender Madness in American Psychiatry: Essays from the Struggle for Dignity; activist involved in efforts by the American Psychological Association and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to address transgender issues. tp://gicofcolo.org/colorado-gold-rush/workshops/KelleyWintersPhDRandallEhrbarPsyD.aspx

Kenji Yoshino; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law
New York University. Dubbed "the face and voice of the new civil rights" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Yoshino presents a new paradigm for civil rights, articulating the victories and limitations of the movement, while pointing a way forward. Yoshino's landmark book, Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, fuses legal manifesto with autobiography, and marks a move from more traditional pleas for civil equality to a case for individual autonomy in identity politics
kenjiyoshino.com; bigthink.com/kenjiyoshino -

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