The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians

Jan. 23, 2014, 6:11 p.m.

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.


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