Power Up has named Tabatha Coffey,
Wilson Cruz and Peter Paige in its tenth iteration of 10 Amazing
Gay Women in Showbiz and 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz.
The group supports female filmmakers
who are producing gay-themed films and documentaries.
Tabatha Coffey is among the women being
honored on November 7 in Hollywood.
Coffey, who built a career as the
hairdresser to the stars, is the host of Bravo's hit reality show
Tabatha's Salon Takeover, which takes a look at the business
of managing a hair salon.
“As a relative newcomer to the
entertainment business, I am honored to be nominated for this award
because I have always been out in my life and my career and I think
visibility is so important in our community,” Coffey said.
Writer Ali Adler, Wolfe Video founder
Kathy Wolfe, writer-producer Savannah Dooley, actress Clementine
Ford, LGBT entertainment reporter Tracy Gilchrist, director Christine
Moore, talent scout Martha Sanchez, writer-producer Elizabeth Sarnoff
and actress Kirsten Vangsness round out the rest of the women being
Celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and
actors Wilson Cruz and Peter Paige top the list for the men. Also
included are Screen Actors Guild exec Duncan Crabtree-Ireland,
writer-producer James Duff, agent Keya Khayatian, Access Hollywood
Producer Mark Noble, producer Howard Rosenman, USA Network exec
Michael Sluchan and actor Steve Tyler.
Bragman, who helped Chely Wright and
Meredith Baxter come out gay, said: “I grew up fat, Jewish and gay
in Flint, Michigan feeling like I had three strikes against me and
then I moved to Hollywood where I realized it was three rungs on the
ladder of success.”
“Well, that's just ridiculous,”
said Paige, who is best know for playing Emmett Honeycutt on
Showtime's groundbreaking gay drama Queer As Folk,
at hearing about his making the cut.