Out magazine celebrated its annual “Power 50,” the outlet’s picks for the most powerful folks in the U.S. LGBTQ community. The Los Angeles Blade asked a few honorees how they defined powerful.
The annual event, held August 10 at Goya Studios in Hollywood, recognizes the 50 most influential people in the U.S., helping to make a positive impact on LGBTQ culture, outside of simply being at the top of their careers.
As the drinks flowed, and appearances were made by the likes of Power 50’s Don Lemon and Caitlyn Jenner, guests mingled and discussed the power of the LGBTQ community.
“Power is self-expression, self -confidence, feeling fearless, whatever that means to you,” Carrie Preston, the star of “True Blood,” told the LA Blade.
YouTuber and TV personality, Gigi Gorgeous said she feels “power is independence, courage and self-love.”
“Any event that helps our community to have a ripple effect and to change people’s minds about things is exciting and I think that’s what this is,” singer and songwriter, Adam Lambert said.
“For 25 years Out has reflected the growing visibility and progress of the LGBTQ community, and nowhere is this visibility and progress more clearly evident than in our annual Power 50, now in its 11th year,” Out editor Aaron Hicklin said in an interview with USA Today.
“As a reflection of where we stand today, the Power 50 shows LGBTQ leadership in all walks of life. … All of them are working hard not only to make the wider world a better, and more accepting, place, but using their platform to remind us of those who paved the way.”
“Power50” was sponsored by Stoli vodka and Genesis.
— Videographer and production by John Boatner