The Pride Power List 2011

Paul Burston gets a sneak preview of Pride London's power list


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

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.