Schaffer is the director of programming for Outfest, the LGBT film festival in Los Angeles, which in its 25th year is the oldest festival of its kind in the country. The festival’s five programs include the only LGBT people of color film showcase. “I’m interested in the ways that film illuminates the diversity of our community and is used as a tool for community building,” Schaffer says. “We might be homos, but we are not a homogenous group,” and Outfest strives to reflect that. Schaffer believes LGBT filmmakers can influence the community by telling sincere stories that are on the cutting edge, especially since their perspectives aren’t usually showcased in Hollywood. –LJ
We present to you this year’s selection of 100 out women who have made an impact on the community. Meet the class of 2007.