14 and 15. Rosie Méndez and Daniel Dromm, City Council members
These Council members are not merely “coincidentally gay,” in the words of political insider Allen Roskoff (No. 30 on this list); they balance electoral responsibilities with the conscience of committed activists. Ms. Méndez, the chair of New York’s Public Housing Committee, pushed back against N.Y.U. last year with a height limit for new construction on Third and Fourth Avenues. She also successfully fought the 2009 arrests of L.G.B.T. New Yorkers on prostitution charges, declaring the busts unlawful. The avuncular Mr. Dromm is a former public school teacher who had previously brought a gay pride parade to Queens and co-founded Queens’s P-FLAG chapter and the Queens Pride House. “He made that borough what it is,” said Mr. Roskoff.