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Terrence MCNALLY Playwright and New York theater powerhouse whose Love! Valour! Compassion! snagged a Tony for Best Play. Other stage successes include The Ritz, Lips Together, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which was made into a movie starring Pacino.

Steven MEISEL Vogue's in-house contract photographer, major contributor to the fashion-photography bibles, and the lensman behind fashion's leading ad campaigns. The guy responsible for Linda, Naomi, and Christy initiates and inspires new trends in fashion photography and is an anointer of new modeling talent.

Tobias MEYER Sotheby's worldwide head of contemporary art has broken record after record for postwar art and helped send prices for works by living artists skyrocketing.

Michael MUSTO Probably the main if not the only reason gay people still snatch up The Village Voice. For fifteen years, his wicked weekly column has been one of the guiltiest pleasures on the printed page.

Thomas O'BRIEN Interior designer famed for his warm modernist style, which is a hit with downtown and creative types. The former creative director of Polo Ralph Lauren opened his Aero Studios in 1992 and has since designed Giorgio Armani's New York penthouse and commercial spaces for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.

Patrick O'NEILL One half of the star advertising creative team that produced the first gay TV spot in 1998 (for Ikea), he's worked for more than 22 major ad firms, designing campaigns for Coca-Cola, Evian, and Volvo, among others. Now a managing partner and co-creative director at TBWA/Chiat/ Day's New York office.

Catherine OPIE When she was living in L.A., this photographer made us take a different look at its strip malls, freeways, and nouveaux riches mansions. Now the much sought-after camerawoman and Yale professor continues to create politically charged work that brings the city's underground to light.

Jim PEPPER The courtly southern-bred philanthropist directs millions to community-based gay organizations through the Stonewall Foundation, which he founded in 1990.

Robert RAUSCHENBERG The legendary artist's use of appropriated images and urban junk helped take art off the wall. Still prolific and continuously inventive after five decades. The Guggenheim had to devote both its uptown and its downtown locales to house his 1997 retrospective.

Terence RILEY Became director of moma's department of architecture and design in 1992, just one year after joining the venerable institution as curator. Still a practicing architect, the ever-busy Riley has built himself a solid and powerful place in the design world.

Larry RINDER Arrived from the Bay Area last spring to become curator of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum and chief curator for the still immensely influential Whitney Biennial in 2002.

Narciso RODRIGUEZ Immediately thrust on the social and fashion map when he designed the wedding dress for Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Won over the fashion set with clean, sleek, glamorous collections and picked up a design director's job at LVMH brand Loewe along the way.

Adam R. ROSE President of Rose Associates, a real-estate-development-and-management firm that manages 14,000 residential units (of which it owns about a quarter) in New York City. Scion of one of the city's great real-estate families, he is also a major philanthropist.

Allen ROSKOFF Loud and sometimes abrasive, he's a veteran and effective City Hall adviser on gay issues and a top aide to mayoral front-runner Mark Green. Don't cross him: Everyone will know about it via the outgoing message on his home answering machine.

Scott RUDIN The most prolific, eclectic (and feared) producer in Hollywood is fast making his mark on Broadway as well. Though he has his own studio at Paramount, Rudin occasionally produces for Disney and other companies. Credits include The Addams Family, The Truman Show, and In & Out. Coming up: Zoolander, directed by Ben Stiller, and, onstage, The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson.

Mark SCHOOFS After winning a Pulitzer for his groundbreaking reporting on AIDS in Africa for The Village Voice, he was quickly snapped up by the Wall Street Journal.

Walter SCHUBERT The first and only openly gay member of the New York Stock Exchange. Schubert's family has been on the exchange for generations, and he founded and runs Gay Financial Network.

Sam SHAHID Legendary art director and current creative director of Interview, responsible for the memorable sex-charged Calvin ad images in the eighties and that gay coffee-table essential, Abercrombie & Fitch's Quarterly. Makes or breaks many a model's career.

Ingrid SISCHY As the editor of ArtForum in the eighties, she helped usher in a new generation of art-world stars like Julian Schnabel, Francisco Clemente, and Jeff Koons (who all remain close pals, of course). Now, as editor of Interview, she's cultivated a global network of rich, famous friends that (almost) rivals Warhol's. Who else could hook up Elton and Eminem?

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