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THE OUT 100
RONAN FARROW • Weinstein, Moonves, Schneiderman, Lauer. Many powerful men have had their reckonings as a result of Ronan Farrow’s pen—but few of us knew the dangerous and sometimes emotional story behind the scenes. In the most explosive book of 2019, Catch and Kill, Farrow finally opens up about his experience. Here, his friend and the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, asks him about his process, the women who inspired him, and how he found love along the way.
BOOKS OF THE YEAR
JEREMY O. HARRIS • This year, Jeremy O. Harris became the youngest Black male playwright to debut a production on Broadway. To honor this milestone, he threw what’s now known as the Blackest night on the Great White Way. Mikelle Street gets a retelling of the evening.
THE DRAG MARATHON
BEAUTY QUEENS • The beauty business has boomed in the age of social media, influencer-driven marketing, and YouTube—carving out a path for queer and trans creators and entrepreneurs to take their rightful place at the top of the industry. After all, an entire generation of queer and trans youth is coming of age in a world where they can admire and feverishly follow celebrity makeup artists, watch tutorials by YouTube creators, buy products by business owners, and attend world-spanning conventions founded by entrepreneurs who look, live, and love like them. In this beauty renaissance, LGBTQ+ people are the Michelangelos, the Donatellos, and the da Vincis.
LEANNE PITTSFORD • When the tech boom hit, it became apparent that Silicon Valley was looking distinctly white, distinctly cishetero, and distinctly male. With Lesbians Who Tech, Leanne Pittsford aims to change the face of STEM.
THE YOUTUBE REVOLUTION • For Lilly Singh, YouTube was a career launching pad. For Carlos Maza, it was a trauma that plagued his work and his life. Inside one pro and one con of queer visibility on the tech platform.
DARNELL L. MOORE • With a new post at Netflix, the celebrated author and community organizer charts a new—and inclusive—path for the platform’s future.
BOARDROOM BADASSES • Three more queers who affected change from inside some of America’s biggest companies.
CHARLENE INCARNATE • As a drag performer deeply rooted in New York City’s queer nightlife scene, Charlene Incarnate could never separate her identity from her work—not that that’s something she’s interested in. “My queerness and my career are dance partners,” she explains.
PAPI JUICE • “We’re not the first ones to come up with this idea of a QTPOC space,” admits Oscar Nuñez, DJ and founding member of Papi Juice, “but there was a secret magic we have that brought people to us.”
THE GOOD FIGHT
SHE WILL BE LOVED • Layleen Cubilette-Polanco died while being held at Rikers Island in June, becoming the 10th transgender woman of color killed in the year 2019. In the aftermath of her death—with demonstrations sweeping New York City, organized by her family and community—her legacy was born, demanding justice and visibility for our sisters.
THE TRANS OBITUARIES PROJECT • This year, we’ve lost far too many souls to violence. As their deaths were shared with the world, their humanity was lost—reducing them to tragic statistics, empty platitudes, and talking points. We felt it important to elevate the group who is most impacted by the epidemic: transgender women of color. Now, we honor those who have been reported as victims of violence with the...