This town has always been a (sometimes ambivalent) home for ambitious, closeted gay men and women. But now ballot measures, state legislatures, and federal judges are advancing LGBT rights by the day; more openly gay members join Congress every cycle; the issues they and their allies champion occupy pride of place on the political agenda; and even Washington culture has become entirely habituated. A change like this reaches beyond the surface topography, deep into the tectonic architecture of Washington. These shifts have brought about the rise of an entirely new class of D.C. power players. Here are the most influential.