This week The Huffington Post has selected its semi-finalist "Game-Changers" for 2011, encouraging readers to vote for the most influential leaders, movers, and shakers in politics, entertainment, culture, technology, food, activism, style, and a number of additional categories. The site features slideshows of each category and allows users to vote for which person in each subsection merits the title of "Ultimate Game Changer."
A number of LGBT and allied people were selected as "Game-Changers," and they're quickly working their way to the to top of their respective slideshows.
Dan Savage has been singled out as an important "Impact and Education" figure for his work on the "It Gets Better" campaign. In recent years, the LGBT movement hasn't experienced anything as pervasively mainstream as the campaign, and despite its critics who say the message is not powerful enough, it's resulted in a broadening of anti-bullying efforts nationwide.
Maybe one of the biggest surprises in the slideshow roundup is the current No. 1 Style ranking for Andrej Pejic, who made a splash this summer with a controversial appearance on the cover of Dossier and revitalized discussion of androgyny. The model has found success on the fashion runways and has been championed by some members of the LGBT community for challenging the gender binary.