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Out's Power 50 List
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/10/13
Last updated on: 04/10/13
 
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Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of the fifty on the list. Photograph by Haotian0905 (CC BY-SA 3.0).

On April 10, 2013, Out published its seventh annual ranked list of 50 gay men and women whose power and prestige influence the way Americans think about--and engage with--the world. Leading the "Power 50" list are Apple CEO Tim Cook, talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, television producer Ryan Murphy, political analyst Rachel Maddow, and television journalist Anderson Cooper.

The list may be found here. Heavily tilted toward entertainment and media figures and overwhelmingly white and male, it is a strikingly non-diverse list. The choices say more about Out and its celebrity obsession than it does about the richness of the glbtq community or, indeed, much about power and influence.

The list includes many of the "usual suspects," such as philanthropists David Geffen and Tim Gill, politicians Tammy Baldwin, Annise Parker, Christine Quinn, Mark Takano, David Cicilline, and Jared Polis, and many Hollywood movers-and-shakers, but only a few activists such as Dan Savage, Evan Wolfson, and Chad Griffin.

Perhaps the most unexpected names on the list include statistics guru Nate Silver, hip-hop musician Frank Ocean, editor-in-chief of Time, Inc. Martha Nelson, newspaper magnate Kevin McClatchey, J. Crew President Jenna Lyons, union leader Mary Kay Henry, White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard, and Google executive Megan Smith.

 
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