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Founder and President, Freedom to Marry, 57

Wolfson deserves extra thanks for founding the organization that has helped marriage equality continue to spread across the country. His arguments against the Boy Scouts of America in front of the Supreme Court made Wolfson one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.

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Actress, 27

The Academy Award–nominated actress caused a sensation earlier this year when she publicly addressed her sexuality at a Human Rights Campaign conference, after years of rumors. The impact of a leading lady in Hollywood making such a bold move is still being felt.

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Director/Writer/Producer, 48

After recent box office disappointments (Jack the Giant Slayer?), Singer is back with X-Men: Days of Future Past and a slate of other high-profile projects. He’s also harnessed his Twitter account to tease and tempt Marvel’s most devoted fans, and says he doesn’t see any end in sight for the popular franchise.

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April 15 2014 8:38 AM

News Anchor, 48

The CNN anchor and Twitter king’s stock has continued to rise since he came out in a revealing memoir in 2011. Lemon’s candid comments about the Michael Dunn verdict made headlines and boosted the national dialogue on “stand your ground” laws. Because of his no-holds-barred approach, he’s been tapped for The Don Lemon Show, an upcoming prime-time news program on CNN.

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April 15 2014 8:38 AM

Author/Commentator/Entrepreneur, 50

After leaving the Daily Beast and launching The Dish, his subscription-driven news site, opinion was split over whether it would survive. Sullivan, as ambitious as he was when he was breaking stories at the New Republic, promised he’d have $1 million in revenue by the end of 2013. Though he fell short of that mark, the $875,000 The Dish raked in is certainly a benchmark for new media entrepreneurs, and in late 2013 he launched The Deep Dish, a monthly, subscription-only, longform journalism magazine online.

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U.S. Representative, 52

April 15 2014 8:38 AM

U.S. Representative, 53

The California Democrat is the first openly gay, nonwhite member of the House of Representatives; he has served on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees since 1990 and is also a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus. In the fight for marriage equality, Takano was influential in overturning Prop 8 and DOMA by urging President Obama to file a brief against the legislations.

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April 15 2014 8:38 AM

Businesswoman/Philanthropist, 63

For the first time ever, the Forbes billionaires list this year includes an openly transgender billionaire: Pritzker. In August 2013 Pritzker came out as transgender, not long after granting $1.35 million to the research institute the Palm Center to study transgender service in the military. Granddaughter to the founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, Pritzker is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and CEO of private wealth management firm Tawani Enterprises in Chicago.

April 15 2014 8:38 AM

Media Mogul/Philanthropist, 71

With a net worth of $6.1 billion, Geffen landed the number 227 spot on the Forbes list of the richest people on the planet. The media mogul continues to donate to various charities and institutions, including a recent $25 million check for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s museum, set to open in 2017.

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Mayor of Houston, 57

The popular mayor of a major U.S. city, Parker not only continues to push for progressive politics in her second term, she also married longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a January 2014 ceremony that was celebrated in the media (even in her conservative home state of Texas). Personal life aside, Parker has big professional dreams: Rumor has it she plans to run for higher office in 2018.

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