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The “Black LGBT Power 100″ 2013: The World’s Most Influential Black LGBT Personalities Pt. 1

Jacob Kohinoor2

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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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