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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. HOW DARE OUT MAGAZINE DO THIS! They don't even put gay men on the cover.

    PlanetOut Inc. has NO credibility when is comes to gay issues. Out, Out Traveler, and The Advocate month after month put STRAIGHT unknown actors, models, athletes etc. on the cover. They (straight unknowns) say this and that about gay people while they do nothing for gay people but want our money. It's not brave to say you like gay people to a gay publication when you are straight. You can go back to your life and act like it never happened. Which is what often happens. Where are the GAY unknowns? Just being out is a lot.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 3, 2007 7:34:22 PM

  2. If we're talking about closeted gays with power, you can't get more powerful than the very homosexual and very Republican Congressman David Dreier. Who has real power. But, no, they have to go after Jody Foster cause she has the power to, um, be in movies. How ballsy!

    Posted by: SGR | Apr 3, 2007 7:44:02 PM

  3. I don't think Perez has any power, at most you could say influence, but certainly not power. The reason he has no power is that his site has no point of view. He just mindlessly puts out pictures of celebrities. Without trying to say anything original for yourself how can you have power?

    Posted by: lambman | Apr 3, 2007 7:56:43 PM

  4. Without a cheat-list, I have no idea who 2-3's of their "honorees" are; therefore I'm less than impressed. Casually, it looks like it's weighted to entertainment and celebrity...rather than politics, business or acutual influence on events and people.


    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Apr 3, 2007 7:59:06 PM

  5. Toby, get your hand out of your pants and try to pay attention. Maybe masturbation can destroy your mind, but blame Chi Chi not moi. I wrote nothing about Cruise, and, as noted, Diller was outed by Signorile years ago and never sued.

    Posted by: Leland | Apr 3, 2007 8:31:16 PM

  6. Don't get up on your High Pony, Leland. I was in the room when the late, great Richard Rouilard did his damndest to get Barry to come out -- a great many years ago. The main thing is this cover story should be about the Out and Proud. How "powerful" they may or may not be is relative. Power coems and goes in Hollywood. Right now Ellen is more powerful than at any point in her career. I would have put T. R. Knight on the cover and/or Doogie. No one gives a shit about Jodie and Anderson Cooper is fast becoming the Clay Aiken of the Carriage Trade.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 3, 2007 8:40:21 PM

  7. actually i'm really sick of d-list celebrities trying to revive their careers by coming out. I think being a fag should be like being a jew (but without the circumcision). you have to be chosen. you can't just convert when you feel like it. and i think they should start issuing cards too, just so everyone's on the same page.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Apr 3, 2007 9:15:55 PM

  8. if Perez Hilton is listed at #17, then the entire list is a truly a Musto Avoido.

    Posted by: A.J. | Apr 3, 2007 9:18:33 PM

  9. I'd recognize Anderson Cooper before T.R. Knight.

    Posted by: Ron | Apr 3, 2007 9:38:05 PM

  10. Whether anyone likes it or not, it remains the personal choice of any person, famous or not whether they wish to come out of the closet or stay in. Every one of us at some point grapples to some degree with coming out. For some it's a no brainer, others it's something they'll never do. Regardless, it is their choice. They have absolutely no obligation to do so and we should respect their decisions just as much as we would want to be respected ourselves. Becoming successful does not strip one of his or her humanity and though we may want them to stand up and be counted, if they don't want to, so be it.

    Posted by: Duane | Apr 3, 2007 9:40:12 PM

  11. David, how long ago was Flightplan? anyway, the point is, and others have brought it up, is that there are far more deserving people who ARE out. I guess OUT magazine only sees value in gossip. peace.

    Posted by: davidian | Apr 3, 2007 9:46:52 PM

  12. I have zero patience for people who won't come out, especially when they're sheltered by money and status---and even more so when they work in entertainment or media, where being gay is so common. As for this list, what about Dan Savage? He's among the more effective, eloquent out media figures, and certainly makes inroads to and increases understanding of gay issues among his straight readers. I'm well read, but I don't know half the people on this list. Almost everyone remotely hip (straight or gay) knows who Dan Savage is, probably more than who know Michael Musto. Like a lot of media, Out is overly NYC-centric, but it's not nearly the fluff/soft porn that Genre and Instinct are. All gay mags (including Details---talk about closeted!) could do with more substance and fewer spreads of unaffordable fashion. As for Barry Diller, there's never been a remote question about him being gay. I'm sure he only got married because he's a greedy jerk, and wanted the tax benefits.

    Posted by: Paul H. | Apr 3, 2007 11:22:54 PM

  13. "the power 50" - fucking UGH. another typical faggy "list”! what is it with the need to have so many goddamn lists of who's hot/what's in/where's everyone going/blah blah blah. it's absolutely the laziest journalistic assignment and the gay media has fetishized it into our signature contribution to culture. it's a complete wankfest of a few "media" types who have to come up w/ a few column inches now that next year's colors and denim treatments have been set & laid to rest. boring, self-obsessed "A-list" celebrity that will only give you "power" at cocktail parties from the "bi-coastal" crowd, the article will go out with the coffee grounds and used condoms with the next trash bag. finally - to repeat the others on here - Chi Chi LaRue? Perez Hilton? POWERFUL? anyone who wonders why we aren't treated with equality might ponder the relationship between "our" media, our lack of political strength and the withered, impotent sense of power we continue to celebrate in these juvenile lists.

    oh yeah - where was towleroad, jockohomo and all the other great gay blogs that are virtually the only authentic, participatory gay community we have left? THIS HERE - brothers and sisters - is where power resides.

    Posted by: resurrect | Apr 3, 2007 11:56:23 PM

  14. ^^Nice points!

    I think it was Perez himself that inspired the list. Out has to compete with bloggers now and he's the one to target. They seem to be playing by the same rules too: avoid the people who can do some real damage and go after well-known small fry.

    As MM would probably say: Musto's puns are musty, why do we listen to what he has to say?

    Posted by: anon | Apr 4, 2007 12:18:43 AM

  15. This list isn't fair. Maybe Anderson doesn't want to be relegated to the gay ghetto like all those other clowns on the list. People who when asked for an adjective describe them, 'gay' is the first word that pops up. Just because he's a success story, doesn't mean the gay community has a right to bring him down 10 notches.

    This list is a disservice to the community and offensive to myself and others who choose not to be a flaming queers. I wasn't born to flame--deal with it. Furthermore, I don't need a shitty rag of a magazine that's in the Embarrassing & Sleazy Section on Barnes and Noble shelves (next to Penthouse) to speak for me or Anderson or anyone the right way to live our lives.

    Musto--stop trying to play catch up with Perez. Your relevance is fading and this is the best you can do?

    Posted by: In Because of Stuff Like This | Apr 4, 2007 12:26:30 AM

  16. 1. Out's shame.

    This Out list is unjournalistic, criminal, and downright shameful!! - And please, don't tell me how it's "not shameful to be gay" - this has absolutely nothing to do with it: Gossip are journalism are not intercheangable, nor they should never be. A magazine wishing to be taken seriously in the community cannot get away with establishing a list of powerful LGBT people through relying on trash gossip tactics, or else it has to be treated as tabloid fodder. Along with National Enquirer.

    But Out doesn't stop there in their unjournalistic endeavour: they take it into bullying and humiliation territory by putting models holding up masks of Anderson and Jodie for their cover, which sends the message to any closeted LGBT that it could be them -- How could this idea gone past the editors? How can they justify crossing such a line? imo it's time we start denouncing this. HRC should denounce it. All the personalities included in this list should decry it. So must the rest of us [I intend to send them my letter about it]

    2. Perez's shame.

    I'm not sure why Perez should be included in a list of decent LGBT in the public eye - first, where's the proof that he is a "gay" man at all? For all his incling to self-expose, I've never once seen him with a boyfriend in all his Hollywood time. Not my definition of an out & proud "gay" man, which he demands of others to be (does the talkin', but won't do the walkin'). As Reichen rightfully said before : "Because he claims he is gay, let me point out that I do not consider Mr. Lavendeira to be gay, at all. He is merely a pervert who has a fascination with drug use, other people's sex-lives, body fluids, and what we all do in our bedrooms and private lives."

    I'm not convinced that Perez is a typical "gay" man either, but I do know he has sociopathic-like tendencies (which are manisfested by his lack of empathy, guilt, impulses control or sense of responsibility) -- And I don't think his entreprise has hurt only the gay community; it's also promoted sexism, cruelty, and general nastiness in the blogosphere and beyond..I spend a lot of time online, and I can honestly say there was before-and-after in terms of civility and humanity. and it'll take years to revert it.

    This is precisely why I said he should have been denounced a long time ago by our rights organisations..Granted, most didn't know how to react to this new form of evil, so he's been allowed to profit from it. But articles like Out's remind me why it's important to stand up for what's right and denounce wrong asap (and no matter who does it) - And I'm sure if Perez had been a "gay" GOP follower, and Out a conservative owned mag, there would no hesitation about condemning them. But what's wrong is wrong.

    Posted by: Da | Apr 4, 2007 12:42:50 AM

  17. "Golly, I recognized (maybe) ten names on the list...and most of those were due to Towleroad or PBS. - Posted by: JT"

    I have to agree with JT... The only reason I recognize most of the names I do recognize on this list is thanks to Towleroad.

    If this list were at all credible we would see Andy Towle on that list, and pretty high up on it.

    Posted by: GaYToR | Apr 4, 2007 1:09:53 AM

  18. Musto lost me when I saw Mario aka Perez Hilton on that list.

    Perez Hilton is a laughing stock in my gay world. I don't claim him, and anyone who does is the real self-loathing head case.

    Michael Musto, your envy is showing.

    Posted by: Jackson | Apr 4, 2007 1:19:06 AM

  19. Everytime Gywneth Cornrow is on this site she insults gay people. You are a shameful person.

    Resurrect you should know better with the language. It's unacceptable.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 4, 2007 2:01:49 AM

  20. Thank goodness that a magazine is finally outing gay and bisexual male celbrities. I am personally tired of this invisible closet door behind which hide an assortment of male celebrities who are known to be gay/bisexual in small circles but don't want the wider public to know about it. More power to Out magazine for doing this.

    Posted by: Marjorie Mistletoe | Apr 4, 2007 2:16:31 AM

  21. how fucking disrespectful is this? people should write in!

    Posted by: passing though | Apr 4, 2007 7:29:46 AM

  22. OK boys and girls: here's a challenge:

    How many of you who are so indignant about people not coming out are using pseudonyms? How many of you have the guts to use you REAL NAMES on Towleroad? How many of you would be willing to post your actual names and locations today.

    That's what I thought.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 4, 2007 7:34:47 AM

  23. WHAT???

    You mean Lance Bass didn't make the list?

    pfft lol

    Posted by: stephen | Apr 4, 2007 8:15:42 AM

  24. I'd do it JT, but my boyfriend - we'll call him Dom Kruz - would be pissed.

    Posted by: Marco | Apr 4, 2007 8:23:07 AM

  25. Two more which occur to me are Rev. Mel White (his group Soulforce is making lots of waves) and, in the closet alongside Anderson and Jodie, Tom Shales, TV critic of the Washington Post.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 4, 2007 8:56:18 AM

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