Bil Browning

OUT Lists 'Power 50': Forgets People of Color & Trans Folk

Filed By Bil Browning | April 17, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Out magazine, people of color, Power 50, powerful people, transgender people, whitewashing

Out Magazine has released this year's "Power 50" with rankings of various gay and lesbian people dubiously ranked by their "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person's media profile." While the publication's listings have historically been rather light on people of color, this year's edition includes supposedly closeted entertainers, but excludes trans folk entirely and no people of color except for Perez Hilton and Anthony Romero. (img src)

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And the list includes two people (Grank and Solmonese) that we know for a fact actively work against the trans community.

I love the commenter who said the top 50 looked like a loaf of wonderbread exploded!

I wonder if someone compared the top 50 over the last 5 years how many of these people would be recycled.

seriously!! how do they decide these things anyway?

Seriously, give it up. It's just a magazine, and that's how this community works-- off the damned celebrity culture.

Miami Beach's Pride Marshall? Andy Cohen, the guy who turned Bravo from a quality programming channel into reality garbage giving spotlight to sociopaths and other bullies for entertainment. He might as well bring along some UFC and boxing into the mix by now, to get the message clear that he profits from sadism.

HRC's speaker? Kathy Griffin.

This is as frivolous as it gets. So much for thumping on about our supposed brilliance and creative advantage over heterosexuals. We're just as shallow and fickle as they are.

perhaps I'm mistaken, but is there confirmation that each person on the list identifies as non-trans/cis? (actually, don't answer that..)

sort of reminds me of hearing there were "no gay football players" at my high school. what the speaker didn't realize they meant was: "there are no OUT gay football players at this high school." a quick edit would remedy this.

I'm slowly realizing that the 'GLBTI' community is Balkanized.

And if its 'Out Magazine' I'm sure they can find 1 out Transgender person who merits inclusion.

Bah. Who should be on that list then? Does anyone have suggestions?

My position is that we should just stop worshipping that kind of power and instead question it and find ways to distribute it more fairly. I wouldn't expect Out magazine to support that.

Ethan Alister | April 18, 2011 7:48 AM

Given that it said "power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person's media profile." I see no errors in this list. Excuse my bitterness but we are talking about people with power, after all.

Excuse me, you sour grapes people, don't you realize that these people are celebrities? With lots of money? That's the important thing. Who cares what their color or gender? THEY ARE CELEBRITIES. And that is the important thing in our movement. Duh.

Stonewall Girl Stonewall Girl | April 20, 2011 11:39 PM

Celebrities, but can they dance?