Tim Cook, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Murphy, Rachel Maddow, and Anderson Cooper lead Out Magazine’s annual Top 50 list.
Out offers short bios on each, including Nate Silver (#6), Fox News’ not out Shepard Smith (#8), and RuPaul, who joins the list at #50.
Criteria? Out says, “gay men and women whose power and prestige is instrumental in influencing the way Americans think about, and engage with, the world.”
My personal favorites?
Ellen Degeneres, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Jane Lynch, Jenna Lyons, Annise Parker, Ken Mehlman (yes, Ken Mehlman — he’s done a lot to advance our cause), Suze Orman, Andrew Sullivan, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hughes, Tammy Baldwin, Nate Silver, Dan Savage, Evan Wolfson.
OK, I should stop — that’s 15.
There’s a lot that will be said about the list — there is every year, including why does it even exist. There clearly are a lot of white men populating the list, and the exclusion of trans people is obviously a big problem. The question is, is the list accurate, and if so, a sad reminder of the barriers that women, people of color, bisexual and trans people face in being able to even become “instrumental in influencing the way Americans think about, and engage with, the world.”
Maybe I’ll make it next year…
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