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Out100: The Activists Who Shaped 2013


J.R. Badian, Harper Jean Tobin, & Diego Sanchez
Businessman, Policy Makers
Photography by Danielle Levitt

Out on Businessman J.R. Badian, MasterCard V.P. of digital marketing and social media:

Badian has been at the forefront of making Mastercard LGBT-inclusive: "The greater the acceptance the greater the diversity, the greater the innovation, the greater the growth."

Out on policy maker Harper Jean Tobin:

In her four years as the director of policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Tobin (center) has fought to improve the quality of life of transgender people, from expanding health care and revising passport policies to protecting transgender prisoners.

Out on policy maker Diego Sanchez:

Sanchez (top right) made history when he was appointed senior policy advisor to former Rep. Barney Frank, the first openly trans legislative member on Capitol Hill. The Augusta, Ga., native has since become the national policy director of PFLAG.

Photographed at Fast Ashley‚ Studio in Brooklyn, N.Y., on October 2, 2013


Sir Ian McKellen
Photography by Danielle Levitt

From Out:

After coming out in 1988 in protest against Britain‚ Section 28‚ which sought to prevent schools from promoting the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family lifestyle‚ he co-founded Stonewall, an LGBT lobby group in the United Kingdom, and has been a vocal advocate for gay rights ever since. "Coming out is the best thing to fuel social change," he says. "People can only be cruel and horrible to gay people if they think that they don't know any." Of the roles he feels the most affinity for, McKellen settles on James Whale, the gay Hollywood director of the 1930s whom he played in the 1998 film Gods and Monsters, and for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

Photographed at his home in New York City on October 2, 2013


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