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.

Power of the Pulpit: LGBT Faith Leaders
Rev. Yvette Flunder founder City of Refuge Community Church UCC; Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship.

Rev. Irene Monroe Coordinator African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at the Pacific School of Religion, a syndicated religion columnist. -

Rev. Kevin E. Taylor Elder in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement

LGBT Community Leadership
Jarret Barrios President, GLAAD former member of Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate. First Latino and first openly gay man elected to the Massachusetts Senate.

Dr. Dana Beyer transgender activist, physician, Co- author of breakthrough paper delineating the impact DES has had in causing intersex and gender variations in human beings, member Board of Directors National Center for Transgender Equality, served on Obama campaign national LGBT Steering Committees.

Kylar W. Broadus is among the first lawyer to present information before the American Bar Association regarding Transgender clients. Professor, attorney, and transgender rights activist he is the Chair of the Business Law department at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically Black college; former, State Legislative Manager, Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, -

Marsha Botzer Transgender rights pioneer, serves on Washington State Dept of Social and Health Services' Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee; First trans woman to chair board of a National LGBT advocacy organization, founder, Seattle's Ingersoll Gender Center, began in 1977.

Michelle Brown Board of Directors of Michigan Equality, BD directors National Black Justice Coalition

Mandy Carter Civil Rights Activist, co founder National Black Justice Coalition Coordinator Bayard Rustin Commemoration 2012-2013, co-founder Southerners on New Ground (SONG),

Chrystos is a Menominee rights activist a Lesbian- and Two-Spirit-identified writer. She is an activist for Turtle Mountain Band of Chipewa, Norma Jean Croy and a contributor to This Bridge Called My Back (anthology) Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press,,3.html

Eli Clare, disabled, and gender queer author of Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation and The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion; organizer of the first ever Queerness and Disability conference.

Masen Davis Executive Director, Transgender Law Center, Los Angeles, CA

Ben de Guzman Washington D.C. based community leader, advocate for recognition of rights of Asian and LGBTQ Americans. National Coordinator, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equality (NAFVEL) Co-director for Programs National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Joanne Herman first transgender person ever elected to the Boards of Directors of Point Foundation and Fenway Health, first transgender member of historic Old South Church in Boston, and one of the first openly transgender alumnae of Dartmouth College as a graduate of Dartmouth's last all-male class.

Richard LaFortune Yupik Eskimo, has been a tireless GLBT & Two Spirit community organizer for over 20 years; co-founder and director of 2SPR, the Two Spirit Press Room, a GLBT Native media and cultural literacy project

Shannon Minter Attorney and director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. Lead counsel in dozens of groundbreaking legal victories for the LGBT community Board Chair, Faith in America.,

Cary Alan Johnson Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, -

Mara Keisling Executive director National Center for Transgender Equality and spokesperson and leader on national Transgender rights issues.

Sebastian Margaret s a disability rights community educator, a disability justice activist and movement capacity builder; co-founder of the Disability Justice collective, and a disability justice representative in the ROOTs coalition.

Mia Mingus is a queer, physically disabled Korean American transracial/ transnational adoptee; Co-executive director of SPARK: Reproductive Justice Now! In Atlanta, Ga.; works on disability, race, gender, reproductive justice, sexuality, transracial and transnational adoption, and intersectional identities/politics,

Nadine Smith executive director Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, served on founding board of International Gay and Lesbian Organization; former award-winning investigative journalist for WUSF, the National Public Radio affiliate in Tampa; first openly lesbian African-American to run for Tampa City Council;

Meghan Stabler served on President Obama's national LGBT Policy Committee; national LGBT activist, transsexual woman, and transgender rights advocate. Board member AIDS Foundation Houston, the Human Rights Campaign, AETNA Healthcare LGBT Advisory Board.

Allyson Robinson Associate Director of Diversity, HRC leads organizations work on transgender issues. Ordained minister, graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Master of Divinity degree in theology, Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Donna Rose a leading author, writer, speaker and trainer on transgender and transsexual issues; speaker and trainer at corporations, colleges and universities, and conferences across the country.

Urvashi Vaid author Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation. LGBT political activist, former exec director, National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force, former program officer at the Ford Foundation, and former Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation

Jillian Weiss Associate Professor of Law and Society, Convenor of Law and Society Major, School of Social Science and Human Services, Issue focus: Transgender workplace diversity

Power of Courage
Lt. Dan Choi active and visible spokesperson in repeal of DADT

Dr. Julie Nemecek transgender activist who stood her ground, and made national headlines when a conservative 'Christian' university, Spring Arbor University, fired her.

Cultural impact
Calpernia Addams author, actress, musician, and a spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues. Played critical role in raising awareness of DADT issues and transgender rights ; .

Paris Barclay Prolific Television and Film Director and Producer,

Chaz Bono LGBT rights advocate, writer, actor, and musician.

Candis Cayne Actress and performance Artist, trans activist came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. Cayne is the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time.

Mario Cantone Actor, writer, comedian, out gay man performing out gay man on Sex and the City

Stanley Bennett Clay received three NAACP Theatre Awards for writing, directing, and co-producing critically acclaimed play Ritual; author of Diva and In Search of Pretty Young Black Men. tp://

Dexter Davis Producer, Rivers Wash Over Me, the film deals with a James Baldwin-reading boy who is 15, homosexuality, race, death, class and sexual abuse against the backdrop of rural Alabama,

Maurice Jamal founder of online LGBT people-of-color focused network, GLO TV,, the SKI Trip (Logo), Dirty Laundry and the b-boyblues

Alec Mapa Actor, comedian, writer, openly gay Filipino American, supports the gay, lesbian, and Asian American communities. On the TV series The Gossip Queens, stated that he and his husband had recently adopted a 5-year-old boy.

Patrick-Ian Polk filmmaker, TV producer, creator of the TV series Noah's Arc, has been referred to as gay black man's Sex and the City, the 2006-2007 LOGO TV series Noah's Arc has a vibe'

Andre Leon Talley editor at large, Vogue Magazine currently serves on the judging panel for America's Next Top Model.

Nathan Hale Williams Executive producer of the film, Dirty Laundry nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a GLAAD Award. prolific television producer including three-part Black History Month documentary series, INSIDE: Black Culture. Member board, Harlem United Community AIDS Center.

Jason Wu Manhattan-based Taiwanese-American fashion designer, introduced to Michelle Obama by Andre Leon Talley editor at Vogue Magazine, has since been an advisor to the First Family on their appearance.

Kye Allums transgender basketball player...Division I.

Margaret Cho comedian

Bill T. Jones dancer, choreographer, HIV activist, Kennedy Center 2010 honoree.

Ricky Martin Latino singer, musician super star

Sheryl Swoopes basketball star

BD Wong Film, stage and television actor including Law & Order

Wanda Sykes comedian

George Takei Film and TV actor and Star Trek star.