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How we selected this year’s Queer 50 winners

Here’s an inside peek at what the judging process looked like this year.

How we selected this year’s Queer 50 winners
[Photos: Shayan Asgharnia (Waithe); Don Milgate (Landry); Will Toft (Hanna); Sarah Deragon (Hamilton); TRB/Amazon (Charapaty)]

This year’s Fast Company Queer 50 list was compiled by Fast Company editors, with input from a number of trusted sources. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies provided a comprehensive list of leaders from the tech community and helped us review the more than 700 names we received after an open call for entries.  

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A panel of expert judges reviewed our top candidates for the list. They provided input and made recommendations on ranking. This year’s judges are Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business; Anu Duggal, founding partner, Female Founders Fund; Lisa Skeete Tatum, founder and CEO, Landit; Bonin Bough, chief growth officer, Triller; and Angela Benton, founder and CEO, Streamlytics.

We considered five criteria in compiling this list of leaders, thinkers, and innovators:

  1. The size and growth prospects of each person’s business or organization
  2. Their place in the broader business and social conversation
  3. The impact of their contributions during the unprecedented events of the past 12 months
  4. Their career trajectory over the past 12 months, and potential for growth
  5. Their activism and advocacy for the Queer community

This list was put together with a strong eye toward inclusion—14% are trans and 50% are people of color, including 40% who are Black, Latinx, or Indigenous.

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Editorial contributors: Kathleen Davis, Lydia Dishman, Yasmin Gagne, Julia Herbst, KC Ifeanyi, Suzanne LaBarre, Benjamin Landy, Harry McCracken, Pavithra Mohan, Gwen Moran, Katharine Schwab, Diana Shi, Lilly Smith, Mark Sullivan, Kristin Toussaint, Stephanie Vozza

Design contributors: Bryan Cuellar, Jeanne Graves, Haewon Kye, Adrienne Lesner, Adam Noonan-Kelly, Cayleigh Parrish, Eric Perry, Maja Saphir, Mike Schnaidt

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About the author

Julia Herbst is a senior staff editor for Fast Company's Work Life section. Previously she worked as a writer and editor at Los Angeles magazine and BREAKER magazine

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