2012 has become the most accomplished year for the Black LGBT community. As the past years and decades have seen and awarded the same familiar faces as leaders and pioneers in the community for the same, and often outdated, accomplishments, The G-List Society recognizes 50 individuals and groups in the Black LGBT community who commanded the attention of thousands and millions within and beyond the community. Their influences, voices, gifts and contributions made history and headlines in 2012.
This list of notables include familiar faces who have been on many other LGBT lists, especially as the Black representatives, as well as unsung heroes, vocal radicals and revolutionary game changers who have become the newest sensations or have received their long-overdue praise publicly.
Chosen by Waddie G. and a select group of LGBT leaders and personalities, here is the first part of The 50 Most Impressionable, Influential & Inspirational Black LGBT Personalities Of 2012, numbers 21-50. Yes, we have ranked the influential and intriguing Black LGBT people of 2012. There are a few controversial shockers included and maybe a surprise or two on who did not make the cut.
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50. Red Summer (educator/poet)
Chicago native and Atlanta resident Summer is a force to reckon when it comes to the power of the spoken word. Basking in the co-signs from wordsmith icons such as C.C. Carter and Tim’m West, Summer’s literary pieces and speeches won rave reviews across the nation and has earned her a nomination for an Out Music Award.
49. 5Friends4Life and its founders/hosts Kevin Edwards, Warren A. Huntley, Carlton Brown, Dante McCommon and Freddie Johnson (philanthropists/event hosts)
Atlanta event planner Huntley became a household name in the event planning industry several years ago, but his philanthropic endeavors with his closest friends in 5Friends4Life became an admirable mainstay in the Black LGBT community. Their social events, including their annual white attire and black attire affairs, brought the most memorable experiences for thousands of attendees in Atlanta’s most sophisticated venues and settings. Look out for Huntley’s next production, the Inauguration black-tie party in January 2013, as the talk of the town when it hits Washington DC.