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Businessman/Political Strategist, 47

Since coming out in 2010, former Republican National Committee chairman Mehlman has been a revolutionary leader in his party. Through his work with the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Mehlman persuaded dozens of conservatives to sign a brief to the Supreme Court condemning California’s Prop 8. Mehlman’s position at AFER has also helped win marriage equality in New York, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota.

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International President, SEIU, 56

Henry leads the fight for working-class unions, striving to keep the voices of much of America heard. She was integral to the success of SEIU’s Lavender Caucus and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Most recently, she’s worked closely with President Obama and various government officials to discuss state-level efforts to raise the minimum wage.

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President, HRC, 40

Since putting together the legal dream team that took down Prop 8, Griffin has directed HRC in its efforts to remove barriers for transgender service members and battling Jim Crow-style antigay legislation in Kansas, Ohio, and Arizona. A growing international focus will galvanize equality efforts in Nigeria, Uganda, and Russia.

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Chairman & Senior Executive, IAC/InterActiveCorp, 72

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News Anchor, 46
When his talk show, Anderson Live, was canceled, Cooper finally seemed to relax, showcasing a softer, funnier side of the sometimes stuffy news anchor. Even though he’s primarily focused on breaking news on the Emmy-winning Anderson Cooper 360, networks took notice. Last year, he was reportedly approached about anchoring the Today show, and Jeopardy! considered him as a replacement for Alex Trebek. Until he makes his next move, he’ll continue reporting from the frontlines.

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Hedge Fund Manager/Venture Capitalist, 46

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Fashion Designer/Businessman, 54

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U.S. Representative, 38

The congressman from Colorado’s second district was first elected in 2008 and has been very active in Congress ever since, introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act, among other legislation. He’s one of the 10 wealthiest members of Congress, and his philanthropy work includes the founding of two charter schools and his education-focused Jared Polis Foundation.

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TV Host, 53

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Football Player, 24

The former Missouri Tigers defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year came out in a New York Times interview, singlehandedly shifting the discussion about gay men in professional sports before ever playing in a pro-level game. By coming out at the beginning of a promising career, when he’s a solid prospect, he’s forced every player, owner, coach, and sports reporter to take a position on the presence of out players in America’s most popular, most macho sport.

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