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The “Black LGBT Power 100″ 2013: The World’s Most Influential Black LGBT Personalities Pt. 2

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Earlier this month, the Black LGBT community celebrated 60 of its leaders, groups and personalities for their remarkable achievements and notoriety in part one of the 2013 BLACK LGBT POWER 100. The responses and curiosities were overwhelming and caused two days of record-breaking daily traffic on The G-List Society blog among many other milestones. Thus, the mission of this BLACK LGBT POWER 100 list was achieved before the top 40 of 2013 has been announced…until now.

Your compliments and curiosities legitimized the importance of this list. The G-List Society sought to introduce you to and reacquaint you with 100 people, organizations and groups who made noteworthy moves in 2013 attracting the attention of thousands and millions – locally and internationally, within and beyond the Black LGBT community. With a list of these esteemed individuals, the Black LGBT community has the opportunity to see what can be done individually and together regardless of obstacles, resources and opposition.

Since I published this list in 2012, many wanted to know what does it take to be on this list. Click here to understand the grading scale of this Power 100 list. It is paramount to utilize the LGBT bloggers, vloggers, organizations and media to make sure that your platform is known. We are here to serve where others overlook people like us. When you do not promote your platform or keep it from particular influencers, you limit yourself from garnering the attention and applause you might deserve. On the other hand, do not feel that because you exist or did something years ago that the world should bow to your space or legacy. For example, the word “socialite” screams “insignificant” because everyone can label themselves as such since it does not require talent, vision, drive or leadership. Even if the bloggers, vloggers and media do not pick up on your movement, do not feel you are being ignored. More than a quarter of these Black LGBT Power 100 luminaries are mentioned on The G-List Society for the first time.

On a personal note, each and everyone of these 100 people – and many more – inspire me for two common reasons. They put in the work – strategically and diligently – to garner the accomplishments we all have seen. More importantly, they worked with limited resources, closed opportunities and confidence in their vision to entertain, inform, inspire and lead their constituents. Because of these visionaries, I know my opportunities are limitless. Without them, I have no purpose to blog, put up YouTube videos or orchestrate events for LGBT people of color. My greatest passion is the Black LGBT community, and I am grateful to these 100 luminaries for having a platform worth me bragging to the thousands of people who check out this list.

With that said, let’s set our unrealistic egos aside and celebrate the personalities who made the top 40 of the 2013 BLACK LGBT POWER 100 list.
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The “Black LGBT Power 100″ 2013: The World’s Most Influential Black LGBT Personalities Pt. 1

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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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