This year’s World Pride Power List – which celebrates influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people – includes Russian and African activists, trans politicians, and CEOs of global companies. And Nigeria’s very own Bisi Alimi. This is the gay activist’s first appearance on the list, and he debuts at Number 77. Here’s an excerpt of the list (originally published on The Guardian), the few recognizable names I decided to put up in today’s post.
12. Jane Lynch, actor
Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the TV show Glee, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.
24. Jodie Foster, actorFoster won best actress at the Golden Globes in 2012 for Carnage and, the next year, won the Cecil B DeMille award for outstanding contribution to entertainment. She has since directed episodes in the Netflix series, Orange is the New Black.
28. Anderson Cooper, broadcast journalist
Cooper is a journalist, author, anchor of CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° and Vanderbilt. Last year, he received the Vito Russo award from GLAAD for his significant work promoting equality for the LGBT community.
29. Neil Patrick Harris, actor
Patrick Harris’s career has spanned musical theatre, Hollywood film and television. He has presented the Tony Awards for four years.
32. Tom Ford, fashion designer, film-makerFord launched his own fashion label in 2006. In a parallel career as a film director, he garnered several awards for his debut, A Single Man, in 2009. He became a dad in 2010.
36. Chaz Bono, writer and activistBorn Chastity, the only child of Sony and Cher, Bono transitioned from female to male in 2008-2010. He made a film, Becoming Chaz, which documented his transition and won a GLAAD award.
43. Zachary Quinto, actor, film producer
Quinto is best known for playing Spock in the Star Trek reboot. In the past, he won the Drama League award for distinguished performance in the Broadway show The Glass Menagerie.
48. Ricky Martin, singer
Livin’ La Vida Loca singer Martin’s Ricky Martin Foundation supports children’s rights. He’s won several awards for his humanitarian efforts.
52. Jason Collins, NBA playerAfter the National Basketball Association season of 2012-13, Collins came out as gay. He has now signed with the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American professional sports leagues.
55. Vladimir Luxuria, actor, writer, politicianLuxuria was the first openly transgender member of parliament in Europe. She lives as female, although remains legally male, perceiving herself as neither male nor female.
56. RuPaul, actor, drag queen, model, author
RuPaul’s Drag Race TV programme is now in its sixth series. He has also acted in male roles and makes public appearances in and out of drag.
60. Adam Lambert, singer
Runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol, Lambert is the first openly gay mainstream pop idol to launch their career on a major US record label. He is currently touring with Queen.
71. Portia de Rossi, actor
Married to Ellen DeGeneres, De Rossi supports a range of charitable organisations.
72. Wentworth Miller, actor and screenwriterMiller, who played the lead in Prison Break, made his screenwriting debut in 2013 with Stoker. He came out as gay in a letter to the St Petersburg film festival, declining their invitation due to Russia’s anti-gay laws.