2013 exceeded 2012′s feat as the year Black gays, lesbians and trans-people flexed their political, creative, financial and celebrity power within the Black LGBT community and beyond. Hundreds of Black same-gender-loving men and women from all over the world grabbed headlines locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for their significant achievements, record-breaking accomplishments and controversial notoriety that rival demographics with seemingly larger influences. Throughout 2013, many brave people in the Black LGBT community stepped out on their courageous leadership in positive and controversial ways to show that power is also in the Black same-gender-loving voice regardless of reach.
After the release of 2012′s Black LGBT Power 50 list, then titled “Black Gays Rock,” the overwhelming response showed how seriously our fellow Black gays, lesbians and trans-people took the intent of this list. From the congratulatory to the ego-trippin’, each comment was welcomed as the list’s credibility and suggestion to Black LGBT community that we need to celebrate ourselves more, with and without rankings, and recognize who our power players are beyond our social circles and regions. The 2013 “Black Gay Power 100″ list boasts its rankings on the influence, notoriety and achievements within the last 12 months. Unlike other lists, this is not a legacy list acknowledging people for accomplishments of years ago, a list that spites a previously published one because of ego issues, a ratchet list objectifying ourselves shamelessly or a list driven by gender, region or industry.
This labor of love took more than two months of data gathering and debate to see how the power ranking will be measured. The feedback from people who looked forward to making the 2013 list raised the bar on how the rankings are graded. The end result of the rankings is measured by how each personality and group fit in the five qualities the “IN-crowd”: the INfamous, the INfluential, the INnovative, the INspiring and the INtriguing. My esteemed
nameless colleagues and I graded 232 suggested names for the 2013 “Black LGBT Power 100″ and the personalities and groups who earned the highest totals upon the sums of each categories ranked in their applicable positions.
Set your egos aside and celebrate the honorees of the 2013 “Black LGBT Power 100.”
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Last year, The G-List Society readers made “Black Gays Rock 2012″ list the most popular post on the blog with almost 300,000 unique views to-date. Readers got to see a list where Black LGBT personalities and groups have been ranked based upon their star power for the first time ever in 2012. Though the list has been met with an overwhelming positive response, controversy and heated discussions and debates were raised as well.
Since “Black Gays Rock 2012″ list posted on December 19, 2012, I have realized that is a tradition I must stick with. I imagined the list would garner attention but not in a viral way. I even appreciated the positive and questionable feedback and the anticipation for a 2013 list all year long. I thought the buzz would die down by January 2013, but at almost every Black LGBT function I attended, someone brought up that list. What was the highest compliment I received on that list? People told me that they are going to make sure that they are noticed and make the 2013 list. That was confirmation on how valid such a list is and that my efforts were not in vain. Regardless of the controversy around the list, I took the grading and ranking very seriously because I stand behind everything I produced regardless of mass consumption.
With that said, I have a special announcement. The 2013 list is completed. That is not all. Instead of honoring only 50 people, I increased the cap to 100 people, and the new name of the list will be called “BLACK LGBT POWER 100″ 2013. I could not do this list injustice and leave many notables out who deserve recognition for their contribution and star power in 2013. This list about star power, name recognition and influence in the Black LGBT community, LGBT community at-large and mainstream society.
The full list will be posted in days with full explanations on why each person made the list, but get an exclusive sneak people of where 30 Black LGBT personalities places in the 2013 “BLACK LGBT POWER 100.”