Power: The Straight Scoop on Thirty-Five Gay Power Players

32. Corby Kummer
Senior Editor, the Atlantic; Restaurant Critic, Boston magazine
Winner of three James Beard awards and author of The Joy of Coffee and The Pleasures of Slow Food, Kummer has an audience of half a million for his reviews of Boston restaurants in this magazine. He also sits on the board of Community Servings, a food delivery service for people with AIDS.

33. Bernard Toale
Bernard Toale Gallery
Part of Boston’s gallery elite, Toale ventured into the South End when trendy SoWa was still SoWhat? He and partner Joe Zina, now executive director of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, got their professional start cofounding Rugg Road Paper Company.

34. Gretchen Van Ness
Past president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, Van Ness has been involved in several high-profile cases involving gay and lesbian rights. At the moment, she’s defending Provincetown from a lawsuit that seeks to prevent the town from letting out-of-state same-sex couples marry.

35. Daniel Salera
Former Director of Community Relations and Sponsorships, FleetBoston Financial
Salera, like Fleet, has left the stage, but the effect of his good works will last at least as long as it takes us to get used to “TD Banknorth Garden” — the Fleet (now Bank of America) Celebrity Series, for example.