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HuffPost's 2011 Game Changers: This Year's Ultimate 12

Posted: 10/26/11 12:17 AM ET

Last month we announced HuffPost's 2011 Game Changers -- 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it. And we asked you to weigh in on who the Ultimate Game Changer is in each of our 12 categories: Politics, Green, Media, Style, Food/Travel, Entertainment, Culture, Business/Technology, Sports, World, Impact/Education, and Healthy Living.

The response was tremendous. Thank you! Now it's time to reveal your picks for the Ultimate 12.

They are an eclectic mix of those accustomed to the spotlight and those who have been working under the radar.

So click through the slideshow below to see who the HuffPost community selected as the Ultimate Game Changers.

And congratulations again to all 100 of our 2011 Game Changers. There has seldom been a moment in history in which such people have been more essential. If we're going to overcome the many problems the world is facing, we are going to need all the Game Changers we can find. And those of us in the media will have to do a better job of turning the spotlight on those who are charting the way forward, and inspiring others in their communities to follow suit.

P.S. Check out these videos and photos from last week's Game Changers event -- from the red carpet to the podium and all around the party.


Politics: Andrew Cuomo
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Changed the game by: Leading New York to marriage equality.

Just two years ago, gay marriage supporters in the New York State Senate miscalculated the extent of support for a marriage equality bill, and lost by a 38-24 margin. Then, Andrew Cuomo arrived in Albany. On the campaign trail, the new governor had announced his top priorities: property tax cap, tightening ethics rules, and passing gay marriage. He stuck to his pledge, and he was crafty about it -- juggling favors and concessions with legislators in order to advance his agenda. Sheldon Silver, for example, got some incremental improvements in tenant laws, and the property tax cap was a priority for Republican senate majority leader Dean Skelos. By the time the gay marriage vote rolled around, Cuomo had all his ducks in a row. Still, an uphill battle remained: his staff worked alongside LGBT organizations to make calls and urge support from voters, especially those represented by the "Undecided 8" (the state Senators who had yet to make up their mind). But it worked. At 11:55 p.m. on Friday June 24th, Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law. Who knew Albany could be so efficient?

He said it: "The other states look to New York for the progressive direction. What we said today is, you look to New York once again. New York made a powerful statement, not just for the people of New York, but for people all across this nation."

Must-click: Cuomo on same-sex marriage bill passage

(Photo Credit: AP)
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