The Pride Power List 2011
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Gareth Thomas - rugby player
Former captain of the Wales rugby union team, Thomas came out two years ago in the Daily Mail revealing: ‘What I choose to do when I close the door at home has nothing to do with what I have achieved in rugby.’ He recieved Stonewall’s Hero of the Year award in 2010. He now plays for Super League side the Crusaders. Follow @gareththomas14 on Twitter
Sir Ian McKellen - actor and gay-rights activist
Out since 1988, McKellen has won more than 60 awards for his acting skills and gained international superstardom through his roles in the ‘X-Men’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films. A committed gay activist, he champions the cause of gay equality worldwide. Follow @ianmckellen118 on Twitter
Chris Smith - politician
The UK’s first openly gay MP (who came out in 1984), Smith began his career as a local councillor, rising to a cabinet position as Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport in Tony Blair’s government. He has now been elevated to the House of Lords.
Sir Elton John - musician
Elton John is one of the world’s most high-profile gay men and pours money and time into his Aids charity work. He recently showed off his new son, born to a surrogate mum, in OK! magazine and continues to be out and proud to further the acceptance of same-sex parenting. Follow @eltonjohndotcom on Twitter
Hope Powell CBE - coach, England women’s football team
A fully qualified A-licence coach, in 2003 Powell became the first woman and out lesbian to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. She was given an OBE in 2002 and a CBE in the 2010 birthday honours.
Russell T Davies - writer
Davies is a prolific and talented writer, whose many credits include the groundbreaking ‘Queer as Folk’ and the revived ‘Doctor Who’.
Clare Balding - TV presenter
Cambridge graduate Balding is at the top her game after conquering thyroid cancer. The award-winning TV sports presenter and journalist is out, proud and in a civil partnership. Follow @clarebalding1 on Twitter
Sarah Waters - author
In 2003 Waters was voted Author of the Year by both publishers and booksellers at the British Book Awards and the BA Conference, and won the Waterstone’s Author of the Year Award. Her novels ‘Tipping the Velvet’ and ‘Fingersmith’ have since been adapted for television.
Waheed Alli - gay-rights activist
The first openly gay life peer in the House of Lords, Waheed Alli is the patron of Oxford Pride and was fundamental in the formation of the gay-rights bills in Tony Blair’s government for which he won a Stonewall award. He is also a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust.
Ben Bradshaw - politician
Bradshaw is MP for Exeter and rose to be minister for health in Gordon Brown’s cabinet, having started his career as a journalist. He continues his political duites as a backbencher. Follow @BenPBradshaw on Twitter
Gok Wan - TV presenter
A representative of modern UK diversity, this Chinese Englishman has won plaudits for his empathetic presentational skills. Referring to himself as ‘Aunty Gok’ he is as out, proud and in yer face as is possible to be for any gay man in the media. Follow @therealgokwan on Twitter
Sue Perkins - comedian and presenter
Award-winning Sue Perkins graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English Literature. The out lesbian is one of the quickest wits on Radio 4’s ‘Just a Minute’ and has established herself at the heart of British comedy. Follow @sueperkins on Twitter
Julie Bindel - journalist
Feminist writer and campaigner Bindel has spent her life tirelessly highlighting causes relevant to human rights for women. She writes for regularly for g3 magazine and The Guardian. Follow @bindelj on Twitter
David Hockney - artist
Homosexual and proud, Bradford-born Hockney has worldwide acclaim as an artist. His work is shown in galleries around the globe and his prolific output remains a fantastic contribution to culture. A conscientious objector, Hockney worked as a medical orderly during his period of National Service from 1957 to 1959.
Sarah Garrett - owner, Square Peg Media
Sarah Garret is the business power behind gay media empire Square Peg and is founder and owner of gay titles g3, Out in the City and Out at Work. She is also, with Linda Riley, the founder of the Alternative Families Show and Big Gay Lifestyle Show. Follow @squarepegmedia on Twitter
Paul O’Grady - TV presenter
After resting his Lily Savage persona, comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady became a major chat-show sensation. He has always been out, proud and public about his sexuality and continues to wow audiences on both his TV and radio shows.
Chris Bryant - politician
Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001, Chris Bryant is the former Minister for Europe and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Bryant and his partner, Jared Cranney, had a civil partnership ceremony in March 2010, which was the first to be held in the Houses of Parliament. Follow @ChrisBryantMP on Twitter
Jane Hill - journalist and BBC newsreader
Outed by the newspapers after she had referred to her girlfriend in an in-house BBC magazine, Jane Hill continues to present the professional face of gay women to UK audiences. Diligent, focused, smartly dressed and intelligent, Hill’s attractive persona has won her many fans. Follow @JaneHillNews on Twitter
Rhona Cameron - comedian
Scottish wit and raconteur, the award-winning Rhona is still knocking ’em dead with her comedy routines. The first gay woman to have her own TV show, she has always been irreverent, thrilling audiences with her recent performance on ‘I’m a Celebrity…’.
John Barrowman - presenter and actor
Singer, dancer and actor – and good-looking enough to be a male model – Barrowman is a welcome gay talent on screens and stage. He is in a civil partnership with British architect Scott Gill. Scottish-born Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness in the hit BBC show ‘Torchwood’. Follow @team_barrowman on Twitter
Amy Lamé - comedian, presenter and club promoter
Amy Lamé has made a significant difference to lives of many gay people with her hard work and promotional skills, presenting and presiding over the infamous Duckie nights at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She has also DJed on national radio and been a TV presenter. Follow @amylame on Twitter
Ray Collins - Labour Party General Secretary
Now ennobled as Baron Collins of Highbury, this gay trade unionist has been a member of the Labour Party for more than 30 years and was appointed General Secretary of the Labour Party in 2008. He took a prominent role in the TGWU’s merger with Amicus, which created Unite, the largest trade union in the country.
Cllr. Steve Reed - leader of Lambeth Council
Leader of Lambeth Council since May 2006, Steve Reed was ranked in the 2010 ‘Pink List’ compiled by The Independent on Sunday. He served as co-chair of the Vauxhall-Nine Elms-Battersea Regeneration Board, which will oversee the regeneration project in London after the 2012 Olympics. Follow @cllstevereed on Twitter
Paul Burston - author and journalist
Time Out’s Gay & Lesbian editor is an activist and writer of many years’ standing. Author of many novels, Burston writes about gay life in all its many manifestations and his latest, ‘The Gay Divorcee’, topped the Amazon gay fiction bestseller list. Follow @PaulBurston on Twitter
Peter Tatchell - gay and human-rights campaigner
Tatchell is best known for his direct-action style of campaigning with OutRage! The veteran activist famously attempted a citizen’s arrest on Robert Mugabe, winning the approval of even the Daily Mail. Often controversial, it’s fair to say that he divides opinion, but his commitment is beyond question and many regard him as a modern gay hero. Follow @petertatchell on Twitter
Baron Peter Mandelson - politician
Peter Mandelson, Baron Mandelson is an openly gay MP who served at the highest cabinet offices under the Blair and Brown governments. In 2000, Mandelson, nicknamed ‘Lord of Darkness’ by his detractors, lives with long-time partner Reinaldo Avila da Silva.
Laura Doughty - deputy chief executive of Stonewall
Promoted from the fundraising department of LGB equality charity Stonewall, Doughty has risen through the ranks and tackles gay equality issues head on. Known for her diplomacy and tact, she continues to steer Stonewall policy and to take stands on controversial issues such as gay asylum seekers.
Maggi Hambling CBE - artist
With canvases hanging in the Tate, portrait artist, sculptress and lesbian extraordinaire, Maggi Hambling has long been the doyenne of the British art scene. She was appointed CBE in the 2010 New Year honours list for her services to culture.
Ravi Mirchandani - publisher
World-class publisher with a solid reputation for signing the best authors.
David Isaacs - chair of Stonewall and partner in Pinsent Masons law firm
David Isaacs is also chair of Modern Art Oxford and the Good Governance Network and is a Trustee of the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. David was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s birthday honours list for services to equality and diversity.
Jeanette Winterson OBE - author
Oxford graduate, prolific writer and award-winning author of ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’. She has won literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Prix d’Argent at the Cannes Film Festival. She also writes regularly for various UK newspapers.
Neil Tennant - musician
The Pet Shop Boys’ frontman, currently touring with Take That. Recently collaborated with Javier de Frutos on the ballet ‘The Most Wonderful Thing’.
Holly Johnson - musician
Uncompromisingly out from the start as the lead singer of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Liverpool’s favourite gay son is still a big draw at Pride events and still making music. Follow @thehollyjohnson on Twitter
Antony Cotton - actor
Playing gay character Sean Tully on ‘Coronation Street’, Antony Cotton has done much to break down prejudice with a mainstream audience. At the time of writing he is carrying a breakthrough gay parenting storyline. Follow @antonycotton on Twitter
Stella Duffy - author
Prolific crime writer and novelist, best known for ‘The Room of Lost Things’ and ‘Theodora’. Duffy lives in Lambeth with her partner, playwright Shelley Silas. Follow @stellduffy on Twitter
Steven Davies - cricketer
The England international came out recently, becoming the first international cricketer to announce his homosexuality.
Evan Davis - TV and radio presenter
Financial journalist, Radio 4 broadcaster and presenter of ‘Dragon’s Den’ with a charming presentational style. Follow @evanhdy on Twitter
Johann Hari - journalist
Independent and Huffington Post journalist and writer. Winner of Stonewall’s Journalist of the Year Award in 2009. Follow @johanhari101 on Twitter
Joan Armatrading - musician
Armatrading is a chart-topping, three-time Grammy Award nominee and has been nominated twice for Brit Awards as Best Female Artist. She also received an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection in 1996.
Jimmy Somerville - musician
Falsetto-voiced vocalist who wrote unforgettable hit songs, including the gay anthems ‘Smalltown Boy’ and ‘Why?’.
Michael Cashman - MEP
Actor and gay activist Michael Cashman registered his civil partnership with Paul Cottingham in 2006. Cashman, now an MEP, is best known for his early role as Colin in ‘EastEnders’, and performed the first gay kiss on a British soap. He was recently voted MEP of the Year for Justice and Fundamental Rights by his peers. Follow @mcashmanmep on Twitter
Charlie Condou - actor
Best known for his new gay role in ‘Coronation Street’ as Marcus Dent, Condou has enjoyed a very successful career spanning more than 25 years and is a supporter of numerous charities. Follow @charliecondou on Twitter
Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe - diversity expert
Global head of diversity for Google, Palmer-Edgcumbe is one of the world’s leading corporate diversity and inclusion experts. He also writes a blog for The Guardian on equality, diversity and inclusion. Follow @PalmerEdgecumbe on Twitter
Alison Goldfrapp - musician
Outed by a national newspaper, the beautiful and talented singer is the frontwoman of chart-topping band Goldfrapp. Follow @goldfrapp/ on Twitter
Carol Ann Duffy - poet
Currently Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, Duffy was appointed Britain’s poet laureate in May 2009. Follow @carolannduffy2 on Twitter
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow - entrepreneur
One half of the first gay male couple to father surrogate children, Drewitt-Barlow has now set up his own surrogacy agency: the British Surrogacy Centre.
Marge Connelly - director
The global chief operating officer at Barclays, who has been a prominent force for diversity within the workplace.
Charlotte Dingle - editor
Editor of the UK’s foremost lesbian publication, g3, awarded Publication of the Year by Stonewall in 2010. Follow @g3editor on Twitter
Tony Drewitt-Barlow - entrepreneur
Partner of Barrie (see No 46), with whom he co-runs the new British Surrogacy Centre.
Sir Nick Partridge - Terrence Higgins Trust chief executive
OBE and Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust since 1991. Also Deputy Chair of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.
Sarah Weir - businesswoman
Creative Director of London 2012, Weir previously worked at the Arts Council as executive director.
Margot James MP - politician
Vice chair of the Conservative Party, millionaire James was a trustee of Abantu, an African women’s charity. Follow @ margotjamesmp on Twitter
Stephen Fry - actor
Comedian turned actor and presenter, Fry starred as Oscar Wilde in the film ‘Wilde’ and hosts TV quiz ‘QI’. Recent films include ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘St Trinian’s’. Follow @stephenfry on Twitter
Matt Lucas - comedian and actor
Best known for comedy series ‘Little Britain’, Lucas has also acted in serious West End dramas. Follow @realmattlucas on Twitter
Alan Bennett - writer
His wit as a writer first surfaced on TV in ‘That Was the Week That Was’ in the ’60s, and he has continued to entertain us ever since.
Kele Okereke - musician
The founder member and frontman of the guitar band Bloc Party came out in 2010. Follow @keleokereke on Twitter
Linda Bellos - gay-rights activist
The former leader of Lambeth Council and OBE was at the forefront of left-wing politics for almost a decade.
Jessie J - musician
New pop sensation Jessie J has topped the charts with songs including ‘Do It Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag’, and recently came out as bisexual. Follow @jessiejofficial on Twitter
Fiona Shaw - actress
One of the top theatrical talents, Shaw also played dotty Aunt Petunia in the ‘Harry Potter’ films.
Val McDermid - author
The characters from McDermid’s ‘Wire in the Blood’ novel were turned into an ITV TV series of the same name. Follow @valmcdermid on Twitter
Jean Osborne - campaigner
Jean Osborne is manager of Barnet’s voluntary Domestic Violence Support Service.
Graham Norton - presenter
Presents his own award-winning TV chat show and recently fronted ‘Eurovision’ for the BBC. The comedy actor and presenter also took over Radio 2’s Saturday morning slot from Jonathan Ross.
Kirsty McNeill - political adviser and speechwriter
McNeill is openly gay, and is a key aide and senior adviser to Gordon Brown.
Nick Herbert MP - politician
As part of the Coalition government, Herbert was appointed as a Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for policing and at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for criminal justice. Herbert joined his partner, Jason Eades, in a civil partnership in January 2009. Follow @nickherbertmp on Twitter
Paul Gambaccini - presenter
The music industry guru and radio DJ came out as gay during the 1980s and has been a supporter of a number of gay-related charities. In 1995, he was named Philanthropist of the Year by the National Charity Fundraisers for his work on behalf of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Alice Arnold - presenter and writer
Actress, broadcaster on Radio 4, ex-magistrate and partner of Clare Balding. Follow @alicearnold1 on Twitter
Antony Sher - actor
Gay stage and screen actor whose many credits include ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ and ‘The History Man’.
Sir Howard Hodgkin - artist
Turner Prize-winner Hodgkin is a painter and printmaker famous for his bold and abstract style. Follow @howardhodgkin on Twitter
Boy George - musician
The former Culture Club singer turned solo artist and DJ, bad boy George is now redeemed and recording again. Follow @boygeorge on Twitter
Angela Mason - gay-rights campaigner
Political activist, former chief executive of Stonewall and veteran campaigner for gay and women’s rights.
Cllr. Rodney Berman - leader of Cardiff City Council
Berman entered into a civil partnership with his partner, ITV news journalist Nick Speed, in August 2006. Follow @rodneyberman on Twitter
Eileen Gallagher - businesswoman
Co–owner of Shed Productions, the TV company who make ‘Bad Girls’, Gallagher has spent her career in television, working for Scottish TV, Granada, Tyne Tees and as managing director of LWT before leaving in 1998 and setting up Shed Media.
Cllr. Nick Forbes - new leader of Newcastle City Council
Forbes holds positions such as Westgate Ward Councillor Vice Chair. Follow @nick_forbes on Twitter
Pratibha Parmar - filmmaker
Director, producer and writer, Parmar is known internationally for her political and often controversial documentary film work as well as her activism within the global feminism and lesbian-rights movements. Follow @kalifilms on Twitter
Julian Clary - comedian and author
Originally famous as The Joan Collins Fan Club, Clary has enjoyed a glittering career as a stand-up comedian and also as a novelist. Follow @julianclary on Twitter
Martin Popplewell - journalist
Broadcaster, journalist and former researcher for Alan Duncan MP, Martin has presented the news on the BBC News Channel, Five, BBC World and SKY News. He also fronted the lifestyle magazine show ‘Five at Breakfast’. Follow @martinpops on Twitter
Terence Davies - film director
One of the UK’s top film directors whose credits include the film ‘Distant Voices, Still Lives’.
John Partridge - actor
Partridge plays Christian Clarke on ‘EastEnders’ and presents the National Lottery and has worked extensively in West End musicals.
Sandi Toksvig - TV presenter/comedian
Danish-born comedian, author and presenter on radio and television, Toksvig is also a mother of three.
Richard Wilson - actor
Actor and activist famed for his role as Victor Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’.
Ashley Steel - businesswoman
The only lesbian (as far as we know) on the board of city giants KPMG, Steel campaigns strongly for equality within the workplace.
Jake Arnott - author
Bisexual author famous for his crime novels, including ‘The Long Firm’.
Ruth Davidson MSP - politician
Newly elected MSP Ruth Davidson has taken on responsibility for culture and external affairs for the Scottish Conservative Party.
Alan Carr - comedian
The much-loved chatty man, presenter and stand-up comic is continually breaking down barriers on mainstream media. Follow @AlanCarr on Twitter
Brian Paddick - Lib Dem politician
In 2008, the Met’s former deputy assistant commissioner Paddick was a contestant on the ITV reality television show ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ and is in a civil partnership with Norwegian engineer Petter Belsvik.
Mayor Michael Brown - gay rights-campaigner
Member of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Brown is now mayor of Ealing.
Patrick Strudwick - journalist
Award-winning Guardian and Gay Times writer who exposed the scandal of psychiatric ‘conversion therapy’ for homosexuals. Follow @PatrickStrud on Twitter
Robert Taylor - Kleinwort Benson chief executive
One of the City’s best known openly gay men, he was head of private banking at Coutts & Co and is now chief executive of Kleinwort Benson private bank.
Rupert Smith - author
Stonewall Award-winning writer of Amazon’s gay bestseller ‘Man’s World’. Follow @rupertsmith on Twitter
Tim Sigworth - campaigner
CEO of the Albert Kennedy Trust, who support LGBT’s young people facing homelessness. Follow @AlbertKennedyTr on Twitter
Will Young - musician
The songwriter came out after he won ‘Pop Idol’. Young supports the charity Women}s Aid, has been an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust since 2002 and is an ambassador for Catch22, a UK young people’s charity. Follow @will_young31 on Twitter
Dr Christian Jessen MD - TV presenter
High-profile, out gay TV doctor in ‘Embarrassing Bodies’. He has a particular medical interest in HIV which has been a focus of his work in Kenya and Uganda. Follow @DoctorChristian on Twitter
Laura Steel - musician
Chart-topping singer and high-profile songwriter from Sheffield. Follow @LauraSteelMusic on Twitter
Skin - musician
Former frontwoman of Skunk Anansie, Skin has now gone solo. Follow @skinskinny on Twitter
George Michael - musician
Ex-Wham! singer who enjoyed massive success as a solo artist, now back on the road after renouncing his recent bad behaviour. Follow @GeorgeMichael on Twitter
Christine Burns - trans activist
MBE and former Tory branch secretary and who helped pass the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Follow @christineburns on Twitter
Christopher Biggins - TV personality
The talented pantomime dame, actor and comedian won ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ to great acclaim. Follow @onebiggins on Twitter
Heather Peace - actress and musician
Currently starring in ‘Lip Service’ as Detective Sergeant Sam Murray. Follow @heatherpeace on Twitter
Derren Brown - Illusionist
TV star whose talent is as much about psychology as magic. Follow @DerrenBrown on Twitter
Lisa Power - activist
Veteran campaigner and executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust.