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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.

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.

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; 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.

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.

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.

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. _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

Lynn Conway, Ph.D., Award winning computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, trans woman, and activist for transgender community.

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.

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.

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.

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. -

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://

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; -

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

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, www.nbjc. org/news/black-lgbt-history-day-26.html -

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,

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. www.donnarose. com/Blog.htm

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.

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