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Out Spots Anderson Cooper in the Glass Closet

Out_maycoverAnderson Cooper sits at #2 among a list of America's most influential gay men and women in Out magazine's "Power 50". The list, in their May issue, is based on cultural resonance, political influence, media profile, and wealth. Jodie Foster sits at #43.

A couple of interesting choices, given the fact that neither have, to my knowledge, publicly come out.

Thus, Cooper and Foster are also given the cover treatment and the up and down in a Michael Musto cover story which looks at celebrities and public figures who live in the "glass closet".

Says Musto: "It’s true that stars are free to put up whatever walls they want in order to maintain boundaries with the public. But even at their most controlling, straight stars never seem to leave out the fact that they’re straight in interviews. Whenever a subject tells me, ‘I won’t discuss who I’m dating’ or ‘I resent labels,’ I generally know not so much that they’re passionate about privacy but that they’re gay gay, gay."

UPDATE: You can read who else made Out's "Power 50" after the jump, and read the full "Glass Closet" article online at Out.

1. David Geffen
2. Anderson Cooper
3. Ellen DeGeneres
4. Tim Gill
5. Barney Frank
6. Rosie O’Donnell
7. The New York Times Gay Mafia: Richard Berke, Ben Brantley, Frank Bruni, Stuart Elliott, Adam Nagourney, Stefano Tonchi, and Eric Wilson
8. Marc Jacobs
9. Andrew Tobias
10. Brian Graden
11. Jann Wenner
12. Andrew Sullivan
13. Suze Orman
14. Joe Solmonese
15. Fred Hochberg
16. Christine Quinn
17. Perez Hilton
18. Scott Rudin
19. John Aravosis
20. Sheila Kuehl
21. James B. Stewart
22. Nick Denton
23. Tom Ford
24. Nate Berkus
25. Adam Moss
26. Jim Nelson
27. Lorri L. Jean
28. Adam Rose
29. Annie Leibovitz
30. Simon Halls and Stephen Huvane
31. Bryan Lourd
32. Bryan Singer
33. Jonathan Burnham
34. Brian Swardstrom
35. Robert Greenblatt
36. Chi Chi LaRue
37. Dan Mathews
38. Neil Meron and Craig Zadan
39. Ingrid Sischy
40. Marc Cherry
41. Carolyn Strauss
42. Irshad Manji
43. Jodie Foster
44. Christine Vachon
45. André Leon Talley
46. Hilary Rosen
47. Matthew Marks
48. Benny Medina
49. Mitchell Gold
50. David Kuhn

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  1. hahaha

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Apr 3, 2007 5:35:30 PM

  2. I saw this on perez hilton and wasn't sure if it was real or not. he was ranked 17. The story that has me really interested is Bananarama: Large men in small shorts ;-)

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 3, 2007 5:35:41 PM

  3. Love Michael and love OUT's tactics with this cover. I know people whine about privacy and the pain of coming out, but those are outweighed in my opinion by fairness. Why is it okay to reveal every intimate detail of stars' sex lives, taxes, jail stints, rehabs, and yet gay or not gay is verboten? It's juvenile. I also think it's provocative of OUT to include them on a list of gay power people, because it underscores that while closeted, stars still wield power, making it all the more regrettable that they don't pull a Suze and admit the obvious in a yeah-so? way.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Apr 3, 2007 5:35:59 PM

  4. I love that they published this story. It's not shameful to be gay, so speculating about someone's sexuality, especially when clues are dropped so openly (like Jodie shopping with her partner in public) is OK in my book. They aren't kidding anyone, and being reluctant to officially come out is an act of profound personal and civic cowardice.

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 3, 2007 5:36:10 PM

  5. Perez Hilton?!? Are they serious?!?

    Posted by: James | Apr 3, 2007 5:40:22 PM

  6. I swear to almighty Judy, if Leland writes one nasty thing about Mr. Anderson Cooper, I will rip his nasty typing fingers out one-by-one.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 3, 2007 5:45:20 PM

  7. Can we all agree that Perez Hilton is a disgusting toad and should be banned from gaydom forever. Being associated with him in any way makes me want to go screaming back into the closet.

    Posted by: MT | Apr 3, 2007 5:48:50 PM

  8. Chi Chi LaRue above Neil Meron and Craig Zadan? Chi Chi LaRue at all????!!!! Why not include Reichen? After all, he's a legend in his own mind.

    This list only proves that OUT's owners may have changed last year but it, like Genre, like Instinct, remains mindless, mediocre, and meaningless—yet too expensive and too slickly coated to be functional even as toilet paper.

    Posted by: Leland | Apr 3, 2007 5:48:56 PM

  9. No problem with Musto outing the semi-closeted (how about Kevin Spacey????), but that power list is one of the lamest ones I've ever seen. Especially in terms of gay men in Hollywood...Rudin is 10 times more influential than Graden is. And Chi Chi LaRue? Are they serious? Why not put Lady Bunny and RuPaul on the list if you're gonna go there...

    Posted by: hollywood | Apr 3, 2007 5:50:47 PM

  10. wow. The magazine may have just made itself worth the paper it's printed on. I can't believe they finally had the balls. Weren't there any gay-playing straight actors to put on the cover this month?

    Posted by: m | Apr 3, 2007 5:50:52 PM

  11. Tha't the point, M -- the gay celebrities that OUT should be putting on its cover are closeted; How many out A list celebs can you count. Give the mag a break. And read it for once. It's been worth ther money it's printed on for a while.

    Posted by: Toby | Apr 3, 2007 5:59:00 PM

  12. Golly, I recognized (maybe) ten names on the list...and most of those were due to Towleroad or PBS.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 3, 2007 5:59:18 PM

  13. I call bullshit on this list. The magazine will out Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper, but it dare not put Tom Cruise on it? Pussies.

    Posted by: the other jeff | Apr 3, 2007 6:13:14 PM

  14. 1. If they have such balls, where is Barry Diller's name or do they think his marriage to Diana von Fuckingberg is the result of his having graduated from Jesus Camp?

    2. How silly of me to wonder how Chi Chi made the list—free blowjobs, of course.

    3. Thanks for waking me up, Toby. I see from the list of articles below in their current edition that OUT has indeed turned into "The New Yorker" with beefcake.

    The List
    Ari Gold vs. Ari Gold, what Ali Larter has to hide, and more

    A New Switcheroo
    In his new movie, gay hottie Mario Diaz plays a straight guy pretending to be…gay. Got that?

    Animal Magnetism
    Backyard Habitat host David Mizejewski talks about boys, his new show, and being mauled by a bird. Plus, out director Marco Kreuzpaintner tackles the sex trade industry in his new movie.

    Mama’s Boys
    Colm Tóibín talks about his new short-story collection, Mothers and Sons, and the power of what isn’t said.

    Just Another Queer Icelandic Band
    Gus Gus talks about their latest album and being 56% gay (which is 21% more than Tommy Hansen).

    How to Blackmail a Celebrity
    A lucrative second career for personal assistants and domestic help

    Destinations: Designers’ Picks
    Five top style setters tell us what to do, where to eat, and how to play in their favorite cities.

    Liquid Assets
    Is that a cucumber in your cocktail, or are you just happy to see us?

    We Want Our Web TV!
    Short-form gay television shows are the next next thing online.

    Josh Kilmer-Purcell
    Little faggots, big faggots, and everything in between

    Dale Peck
    The Lookout is an impressive directorial debut: Memento meets In Cold Blood.

    Jesse Archer
    Why the heroes of the world need the “bad guys”


    The Real Life of a Bel Ami Boy
    Filip Trojovsky´ (a.k.a. “Tommy Hansen”) was a rising young star of the legendary adult video company, but gave up a lucrative career to pursue acting. Out goes to Prague to explore the world’s gay porn capital and find out what really goes on in front of the cameras.

    Basic Instinct
    Will Doig explores why straight boys love to lead us on.

    Desert Queens
    Michael Joseph Gross goes to Palm Springs, Calif., to meet the queer pioneers who blazed a trail long before Stonewall.

    Ugly Is Beautiful
    Why a TV show about a Latina working-class girl from Queens is rocking the world of gay and straight audiences alike

    Suits Us
    The power of the classic men’s dress-up uniform

    Mary Poppins has nothing on our umbrella fantasy.

    Baubles, bangles, and jewels


    Posted by: Leland | Apr 3, 2007 6:14:42 PM

  15. It's too bad that a magazine titled "OUT" couldn't find 50 "out" gays and lesbians to include on their so-called gay "Power 50."

    So instead they decide to go the Perez Hilton route and resort to his tactics? Classy.

    I'm all for people in the public eye coming out as gay, but should a magazine really be making that decision for them?

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 3, 2007 6:14:52 PM

  16. #51: Michael Musto

    Posted by: Chux | Apr 3, 2007 6:28:35 PM

  17. Why in the hell does Jodi Foster have to have an interview to tell everyone she is gay? It is quite obvious to her fans and no one seems to care. I think that living one's life with dignity and class is WAY more important than being a mascot for a community that, apparently, eats its own. Shows where this society is when mean, catty gossip columnists are regarded more highly than oscar winning, intelligent actresses. She has said that the reason she won't discuss her private life is because she grew up in the spotlight and she knows the value of having that wall. She transcends who she sleeps with and isn't that what the "gay movement" is currently about? Peace.

    Posted by: davidian | Apr 3, 2007 6:28:53 PM

  18. Perez Hilton belongs on the list absolutely, regardless of whether you like him. He's definitely got power...he's gay and has the daily eyes of 2-4 million people. Icing on the cake is that he's out and brings up gay issues frequently. Haven't seen the rest of the list so can't comment on it, but I don't see any porn directors having true power and 2 is probably too high for Anderson. But getting Suze on the list so fast was smart. It's a brilliant cover and it makes me eager to read the list.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Apr 3, 2007 6:29:38 PM

  19. What about Billie Jean King? She's been racking up awards and public recognition for almost a year for her decades of leadership. She had a whole national sports complex named after her in the most important city in the world for Christ's sake. Talk about an oversight!

    Posted by: James C. | Apr 3, 2007 6:32:12 PM

  20. Quick tell me --DID KEVIN SPACEY MAKE THE CUT?

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Apr 3, 2007 6:33:17 PM

  21. Yet again someone has taken the equivalent of an anti-intellectual dump on Towleroad by insisting that "everyone" knows a particular celebrity is gay, this time, Jodie Foster.

    This is absurd, willful stupidity. Please, sir, I trust you don't own any weapons, drive a motor vehicle on public roadways, or are entrusted with the care of defenseless animals or children.

    Posted by: Leland | Apr 3, 2007 6:46:24 PM

  22. There is no class and dignity in being in the closet "Davidian."

    Anderson Cooper is a big deal (who went back in the closet after hitting it big.) Jodie Foster hasn't been able to "open" a movie in years.

    Barry Diller left the studio suites well over a decade ago. His disinterest in coming out is as one with his disinterest in humanity.

    Chi-Chi LaRue has brought pleasure to millions -- which is more than I can say of La Spacey.

    Tom Cruise? Hell, why isn't Oprah on this list?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 3, 2007 6:46:57 PM

  23. Well I have posted MANY times that anyone and everyone should be able to come out when THEY are ready and not before! When, if ever, Anderson and Jody come out is their business! Does anyone remember how difficult it was? I do and it took far too long. However, I have taken a new stance, I suppose I waited until my parents came out and told me they were straight before I told them I was gay! Really....get some business of you own and leave others in the closet if they so choose.

    Posted by: RB | Apr 3, 2007 7:06:59 PM

  24. You make Diller sound like an mute invalid, hidden away in a VIP nursing home on Corfu. The OUT list does not limit itself to current studio-connected people, and even less to those who have outed themselves. Diller is still very much a power player and broker whom the NYT declared the highest paid executive in the country in 2005. Reports vary, but some are as high as $469 million.

    He is Chairman/CEO of IAC/Interactive which owns, among other entities, the Home Shopping Network,, and Ticketmaster, and has 20,000 employees.

    Given, David, that Michaelangelo Signorile has quoted your book in his column, you're well aware he outed Diller years ago, and that, unlike his inclusion of Foster in the list of Hollywood closet cases, references from other sources to Diller's gay ways, including being listed by Michael Ovitz as one of the "Gay Mafia" who allegedly hurt him professionally.

    In sum, if OUT were a serious magazine writing a serious article about powerful gays, whether or not they have personally declared their sexuality, they would have included Diller.

    Posted by: Leland | Apr 3, 2007 7:24:47 PM

  25. Well, ChiChi may be the most powerful purveyor of gay porn in America and, whether you like it or not, porn influences culture: advertising, fashion, music.
    And Leland, there's a reason Diller and Cruise are not on this list. They would sue, and close down the mag. Grow up!

    Posted by: Toby | Apr 3, 2007 7:32:27 PM

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