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Out Names 50 Most Powerful Gays and Lesbians in America

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OUT magazine has released its second annual "Power" issue, ranking the 50 most influential gays and lesbians in America. They write: "The rankings were determined by scoring each candidate on these criteria: (1) political clout; (2) pop-cultural resonance; (3) individual wealth; and (4) current personal profile."

At least one of them has never officially come out of the closet.

Check out who made the list, AFTER THE JUMP...

50. Kelly Bush
49. Benny Medina
48. Brian Swardstrom
47. Susan Arnold
46. Martina Navratilova
45. Jonathan Burnham
44. Bob Greenblatt
43. Adam Rose
42. Bryan Lourd
41. Carolyn Strauss
40. Christine Vachon
39. Jon Stryker
38. Lorri L. Jean
37. Simon Halls & Stephen Huvane
36. Annie Leibovitz
35. Randy Lovely
34. Craig Zadan & Neil Meron
33. Jim Nelson
32. Jeremy Bernard & Rufus Gifford
31. Rosie O'Donnell
30. Sheila Kuehl
29. Adam Moss
28. Tim Gunn
27. Jasper Johns
26. Fred Hochberg
25. Tom Ford
24. Suze Orman
23. Anthony Romero
22. Nick Denton
21. Nate Berkus
20. Andrew Sullivan
19. Greg Berlanti
18. Christine Quinn
17. Martha Nelson
16. Perez Hilton
15. Brian Graden
14. Rich Ross
13. Jodie Foster
12. The New York Times Gay Mafia
11. Scott Rudin
10. Peter Thiel
9. Marc Jacobs
8. Joe Solmonese
7. Jann Wenner
6. Andrew Tobias
5. Tim Gill
4. David Geffen
3. Anderson Cooper
2. Barney Frank
1. Ellen DeGeneres

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  1. How did Anderson and Jodie make the list? Are we just appointing gays now? They have never "officially" come out of the closet.

    Posted by: Appointing Gays Now | Apr 7, 2008 9:41:41 AM


  2. Is Out Magazine owned by the Aryan Nation?

    Posted by: Derrick from PhIlly | Apr 7, 2008 9:47:00 AM


  3. PEREZ HILTON? Give me a break!

    Posted by: Allen | Apr 7, 2008 9:53:05 AM


  4. Larry Craig didn't make the cut?

    Posted by: John In Manhattan | Apr 7, 2008 9:58:26 AM


  5. Jodie did kinda make it 'out'. However, my CNN wet dream is still in his armoire. OUT should have a separate list for the 100 Silliest Gays and head it with Perez Hilton. Maybe Clay Aiken would get an honorary mention.

    Posted by: Jack Scribe | Apr 7, 2008 10:02:15 AM


  6. If we are appointing gays as the first comment suggests can we start the paperwork to have Perez Hilton's credentials revoked?

    Posted by: John M | Apr 7, 2008 10:04:51 AM


  7. This why myself and so many people I know have stopped reading Out magazine. Plus the fact that they insist on putting straight people on their cover...Arent there enough Out gay people to put on there?

    Posted by: Ethan | Apr 7, 2008 10:06:03 AM


  8. Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters" is sadly not one of the 50 most powerful gays and lesbians in America. He's not even gay. So wtf is he doing on the cover?

    I do love Greg Berlanti though.

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 7, 2008 10:06:10 AM


  9. Berlanti's shows actually feature openly gay and trans actors. Wouldn't one or two of them have made appropriate cover subjects instead of, or even in addition to, the three handsome straight actors?

    Posted by: sam | Apr 7, 2008 10:07:36 AM


  10. Berlanti's shows actually feature openly gay and trans actors. Wouldn't one or two of them have made appropriate cover subjects instead of, or even in addition to, the three handsome straight actors?

    Posted by: sam | Apr 7, 2008 10:09:41 AM


  11. This list is such crap. Gays have powerful positions in other areas of the world than showbusiness!

    You're telling me that congressmen and congresswomen are not as powerful as Brad Pitt's f-ing publicist??!!!

    Not to mention that Kevin Huvane is the most powerful gay in entertainment after Geffen, and somehow got left off the list? The man runs CAA.

    This list is a TOTAL joke.

    Posted by: Dan B | Apr 7, 2008 10:12:51 AM


  12. Hasn't everybody heard? OUT is out. Nobody reads them anymore.

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 7, 2008 10:30:39 AM


  13. Clearly, Out mag has put this list together with sales in mind. I don't see a lot of integrity here. Perez? Who'd he pay to earn such an "honor". They should have done a better job of exploring the world of business to highlight gay people with actual power and wealth... instead, all we have is a list of navel gazers and publicity whores. All in all, it reminds me of why I never buy or read this PC trash. Never again... not one red dime.

    Posted by: ChristianX | Apr 7, 2008 10:35:51 AM


  14. Aryan Nation is right!

    When is OUT going to come to terms with, and showcase ALL of the amazing people who are LGBT - and not just the white ones???

    It's gross. The list is more than stupid, but OUT is just plain gross.

    Posted by: Biffy | Apr 7, 2008 10:36:00 AM


  15. Clearly, Out mag has put this list together with sales in mind. I don't see a lot of integrity here. Perez? Who'd he pay to earn such an "honor". They should have done a better job of exploring the world of business to highlight gay people with actual power and wealth... instead, all we have is a list of navel gazers and publicity whores. All in all, it reminds me of why I never buy or read this PC trash. Never again... not one red dime.

    Posted by: ChristianX | Apr 7, 2008 10:37:05 AM


  16. And that's such bullshit the magazine targets "suspected" gay actors and personalities like Anderson and Jodie when there are COUNTLESS "suspected" homosexuals throughout Hollywood that are more powerful than these two.

    I dare the magazine to name Tom Cruise, John Travolta, or Oprah Winfrey (to name a few).

    Boo on them for choosing such easy targets.

    Posted by: jeff | Apr 7, 2008 10:45:56 AM


  17. Perez Hilton? Ugh.

    Posted by: iMachias | Apr 7, 2008 10:46:08 AM


  18. And not one of them is powerful enough to be on the cover of the magazine...in the "most powerful" issue no less!

    Posted by: Pissed | Apr 7, 2008 10:57:03 AM


  19. That's Greg Berlanti on the left. He's #19.

    Posted by: crispy | Apr 7, 2008 11:07:31 AM


  20. Maybe the rural lifestyle has caught up with me - I can't identify more than five or six of these folks.

    Posted by: Butch | Apr 7, 2008 11:08:57 AM


  21. Jasper Johns has never come out. And neither has his ex boyfriend Robert Rauschenberg.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 7, 2008 11:30:37 AM


  22. My heart skipped a beat because that looks like Billy Baldwin on the cover! Who is that??

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Apr 7, 2008 11:35:27 AM


  23. Anderson Cooper was out when he was younger and living in D.C. and L.A. I used to see him at clubs. To my knowledge he has never discussed his sexual orientation in the media, which is his right. But he has also never denied being gay, nor has he sought to cover it up by "dating" women. I think it's extremely important to be be out, but I can live with the fact that others don't agree.

    Posted by: DCposter | Apr 7, 2008 11:39:32 AM


  24. oh nevermind, I see now. In order to sell more copies, the *gay* publication threw a bunch of *straight* celebrities on the cover to represent our *GAY POWER*, which isn't quite POWERFUL enough to sell magazines.

    Just brilliant. Why even bother?

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Apr 7, 2008 11:41:45 AM


  25. Why give that walking pus-bag Perez Hilton any more power than he already has?

    What a total waste of oxygen.

    Does Andre Leon Tally have any power?

    Or Keith Boykin?

    Or Ms J?

    Or Rod McCollum?


    jus' askin'.

    Posted by: banjiboi | Apr 7, 2008 11:51:46 AM


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