The Hidden 105



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.

Political engagement: Elected, appointed and others
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Simone Bell, Georgia House of Representatives

Benjamin Cruz, Guam Senator, former Chief Justice Guam Supreme Court

Gordon Fox, Speaker of the Rhode Island House

Kim "Coco" Iwanmoto, Hawaii Board of Education. Statewide elected official.
Highest ranking openly transgendered elected official in the U.S.
Evan Low, City Council Member; former Mayor of Campbell, CA

Rosie Mendez, New York City Councilwoman, 2nd council district, including Lower East Side, Alphabet City and East Village. Chair, NYC Council Public Housing Committee; one of four openly LGBT members of NYC City Council.

Blake Oshiro, Majority Leader of the Hawaii House

John Perez, Speaker of the California Assembly

Ravi Perry, NAACP President, Worcester, MA,

Charles Pugh, President of the Detroit City Council

Marisa Richmond, in 2008 she became Tennessee's first openly transgender person to win an election in the history of the State of Tennessee; President of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

Diego Sanchez, APR, aide to US House Rep. Barney Frank (MA-4), first openly transgender professional on Capitol Hill and first to be appointed to a DNC Standing Committee (Platform); named to Sec. Clinton's and Pres. Obama's LGBT Policy Advisory Committees; named among 100 Most Powerful Corporate Latino(s) by Hispanic Magazine

Denise Simmons, City Councilor of Cambridge MA; First openly lesbian Black mayor in the U. S. (Cambridge, MA)

Kyrsten Sinema, Out Arizona State Representative identifies as bisexual.

Barbra Casbar Siperstein, only transgender member, Democratic National Committee

Melissa Sklarz first openly transgender public official in NY State with election as a Democratic county judicial delegate in Manhattan; NY State Director, New York Trans Rights Organization

Amanda Simpson Senior Technical Adviser to the Department of Commerce, the first openly transgender woman political appointee in any administration,

Theresa Sparks Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission former president, San Francisco Police Commission; one of San Francisco's most famous transgender women and was a Grand Marshall in the 2008 San Francisco Pride Parade

Arturo Vargas Executive Director of NALEO (National Association of Latino elected and Appointed Officials,)

Judicial Power: Power on the Bench
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Justice Deborah Batts Black lesbian federal judge since mid 1990s, serves on the U.S. District Court, Southern district, NY

Justice Judge Marisa DE Meo of Washington DC's federal bench.

Justice Phyllis R. Frye. Houston, Texas and Lone Star State's first trans judge.

Justice Darrin Gayles Judicial Circuit Judge (Miami-Dade County)

Justice Victoria Kolakowski: Alameda County Superior Court Judge (California) first transgender person elected to a judgeship in the United States. Ordained minister, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

Justice Monica Marquez Colorado's newest Supreme Court justice.

Justice Sabrina McKenna Japanese American appointed to a 10-year term on the Supreme Court of Hawai'i

Justice Rosalyn (Roz) Richter first disabled person and fourth out gay or lesbian person in state history to become a justice of the NY State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department. Designated to this position in March of 2009. She first became a State Supreme Court Justice in 2003 and her current term will
Expire on December 31, 2016. She was the first executive director of the fledgling Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1980.

Power of the Pen: Journalism

Keith Boykin author, blogger, thinker, editor of The Daily Voice,

Jonathan Capehart Pulitzer Prize writer on the Washington Post Editorial Board

Ina Fried journalist, senior editor for All Things Digital, author of the blog Mobilized and Beyond Binary.

L Z Granderson one of the few openly gay sportswriters, columnist for, hosts the web-based ESPN360 talk show Game Night.

Jemele Hill ESPN Journalist and TV Commentator,

Marcus Mabry Editor-at-Large of the International Herald Tribune, the international edition of The New York Times; former chief of correspondents for Newsweek, overseeing the magazine's domestic and international bureaus.

Rod McCullom multimedia journalist blogger, writer and producer for ABC News' News One, World News Now, Good Morning America, Chicago's NBC 5 and FOX 32; Los Angeles Times, Chicago Reader,, MTV/LOGO's AfterElton, MSNBC's Washington Blade, Huffington Post, Poz

Autumn Sandeen transgender activist and writer, regular contributor to Pam's Blend.

Pam Spaulding Founder/editor/publisher of Pam's House Blend a groundbreaking LGBT news and commentary online daily publication (,

Leading the Fight to end HIV /AIDS
Brickson Diamond, Board Chair National Hospice Foundation, focused on the advancement of communities of color, social change, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Earl Fowlkes Executive Director, DC Comprehensive AIDS Resources and Education Consortium (DC CARE Consortium) President/CEO of the International Federation of Black Pride (IFBP).

Marjorie Hill, PhD, CEO, Clinical Psychologist and Public Health administrator at the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the nations oldest AIDS Service and Advocacy organization, and lead the successful charge to establish a National AIDS Strategy. Formerly Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

Jesse Milan Jr. has spent most of his professional life in the AIDS struggle. Vice President and Director of Community Health Systems at the Altarum Institute. Formerly served co-chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment, at the appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; maintains a unique advisory role with the CDEC regarding HIV/AIDS.

Hank Milbourne Out, open and HIV positive, a licensed master social worker, has 30 years of service, is an ordained minister, and Associate Executive Director of Prevention Services at AIDS Partnership Michigan; former president of Black Pride Society

Jonathan Perry AIDS Activist, student spokesperson, graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, a historically Black college in Charlotte, North Carolina and the first black, openly gay, HIV+ student at an Historically Black College to speak out, in the United States. Profiled by Oprah Winfrey on, POZ Magazine, and The New York Time

Ana Olivera, President and CEO, New York Women's Foundation, former
and first woman and Latina Executive Director of Gay Men's Health Crisis for over seven years, overseeing a complete turn-around of the agency, appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Commission on AIDS

Phill Wilson founder and executive director, Black Aids Institute long time leader in the fight to combat AIDS