Baltimore activist DeRay Mckesson is named one of Out Magazine's “Power 50" this year.
Baltimore activist DeRay Mckesson is named one of Out Magazine's “Power 50" this year. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

LGBT lifestyle magazine Out has named DeRay Mckesson among its "Power 50" this year, naming the Baltimore activist as one of the most influential people in American LGBT culture today.

Mckesson was No. 13 on the list, with the magazine highlighting the Black Lives Matter activist's many initiatives, including: an "admirable yet unsuccessful" bid for Baltimore mayor; his protesting of the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La. which led to his arrest; and his most recent project, "Pod Save the People," a podcast in which Mckesson interviews notables about culture, politics and social justice.

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And Mckesson, who recently left his job as the head of human resources for Baltimore's public schools, is in good company in the magazine feature. He trails just behind Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (No. 11) and musician Frank Ocean (No. 12), and just before actress and "Saturday Night Live" comedian Kate McKinnon.

TV political commentator and author Rachel Maddow came in first place, with journalist Anderson Cooper at No. 2.

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