Denise Simmons channels Billie Holiday in this stunning photo by Roger Erickson for the Out 100. Simmons made history this year when she became mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts ... becoming the first black openly lesbian mayor of a major American city.
"She started out wanting to be a psychotherapist but got involved in politics after realizing that, rather than working with just one person at a time, she wanted to 'influence a whole group of people.' "
It's worth noting that Cambridge's previous mayor, Ken Reeves, was a black gay man. Way to go. Denise Simmons is definitely influencing and inspiring. Congrats.