Sunday, August 1, 2010


The Independent on Sunday

The IoS Pink List 2010

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Pink List judges – including former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw, broadcaster Clare Balding, Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill, and John Amaechi, the psychologist and author – fought long and hard to decide on the 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain today.

We also include new categories: foreign nationals based here; national treasures; and those we thought of featuring but, for often rather waspish reasons, decided against: a rogues' gallery. And the aim? To entertain and celebrate, infuriate and amuse. Above all, to kick-start a debate around the breakfast and lunch-table.

Tom in Oz - This year starts with an equal first. I have omitted some lesser known listers who may not be known outside the UK:

1= (new entry) Gareth Thomas; Rugby player

1= (new entry) Mary Portas; Broadcaster, PR and Queen of Shops

3 (2nd last year) Stephen Fry; Broadcaster and writer

7 (34 last year) Peter Tatchell; Human rights activist (Aussie activist who lives in UK)

9 (20 last year) Sir Nicholas Hytner; Theatre director (and friend of Russell Tovey - see picture below)

17 (28 last year) John Barrowman; Actor

34 (38 last year) Matt Lucas; Comedian and actor

44 (98 last year) Stephen K Amos; Comedian

64 (14 last year) Russell T Davies; Writer

70 (78 last year) Julian Clary; Entertainer

76 (33 last year) Will Young; Musician

87 (new entry) Russell Tovey; Actor. Best known for his role in the wildly popular vampire series Being Human, Tovey has been acting since childhood when he appeared in Mud on CBBC. After coming out to his parents at 18, he has filled the absence of – in his own words – gay "role models that [are] blokey".

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