The 2019 Pride Power 100

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson living his best life marching in Brooklyn's Pride parade.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson living his best life marching in Brooklyn's Pride parade.
John McCarten/New York City-Council
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson living his best life marching in Brooklyn's Pride parade.
Power 100

The 2019 Pride Power 100

Recognizing New York's 100 most powerful members of the LGBTQ community.

June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights. On a Friday night in June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn and threw out gay customers – not an uncommon practice at the time – but on this occasion, they faced resistance. The violent confrontation that ensued spurred other protests, led to the formation of gay rights groups and, a year later, was commemorated with the first Pride March in New York City.

Five decades later, the LGBTQ community has accomplished a great deal. Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. The NYC Pride March, the featured event at the 2019 WorldPride celebration, has gone mainstream. Coming out is now a choice that many – though not all – can make without fear.

But those changes didn’t happen overnight. LGBTQ leaders struggled for decades to alter public opinion and enact gay rights laws. Some policy goals, such as protecting transgender rights, are only now being addressed in New York, while other states are eliminating protections.

On the front lines of these battles are countless individuals who have stood up for their rights. This Pride Power 100 list recognizes the most influential figures in the LGBTQ community here in New York, where the fight began.

We reached out to insiders and experts to compile this list, ranking each person based on their accomplishments, their sway in political and policy matters, their economic clout, their philanthropic efforts and the constituencies they represent.

As New York celebrates Pride Month, we’re pleased to present the Pride Power 100.

1. Corey Johnson

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New York City Council Speaker

Openly gay New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who represents District 3 in Manhattan, is a prolific legislator credited with revitalizing the city’s legislative body. But his rise was no straight shot. An LGBTQ-rights activist who came out to his high school football team and