Out Names 50 Most Powerful Gays and Lesbians in America

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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Comments

  1. Appointing Gays Now says

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

  2. Jack Scribe says

    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.

  3. Ethan says

    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?

  4. crispy says

    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.

  5. says

    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?

  6. says

    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?

  7. says

    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.

  8. ChristianX says

    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.

  9. Biffy says

    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.

  10. ChristianX says

    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.

  11. jeff says

    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.

  12. DCposter says

    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.

  13. soulbrotha says

    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?

  14. banjiboi says

    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’.

  15. says

    The first thing I did when I saw this post was laugh out loud, for three reasons 1) the fact that there are three straight white guys on the cover 2) the fact that OUT will now do whatever it takes to create press including naming Anderson & Jodie (hahaha) to the gay list. No one’s noticing OUT! 3) The fact that the commentators actually take OUT seriously. Uh, it’s too funny.

  16. Zeke says

    In light of the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I can’t help but read this list with surprise and sadness.

    THIS is the BEST our community has to offer?

    All this so called “power” yet so little of it aimed at making our country a more just, equitable and fair place for gay Americans like them.

    Where is the gay community’s nation-wide MLK JR.? Where are 2008’s Harvey Milk and Frank Kameny (a living legend and HERO of the gay community since the 1950’s)?

    Unfortunately I know exactly where they went. They got INCORPORATED into organizations like HRC and just like ALL major, faceless corporations they became ALL about making money and selling a product. They have been sucked into the very system that they should be fighting against leaving them unwilling to call out legislators and other elected officials (whom they have befriended) when they are less than fully supportive of full gay equality; ESPECIALLY when those legislators are Democrats.

    This list is a sad testament, not only because of who is on the list but also because of who ISN’T on it.

    DERRICK, you are absolutely right. There is a distinct lack of color in this list.

  17. says

    Javier, yes, Benny Medina is black and he manages Mariah f-ing Carey so you know he has SO MUCH power.

    The only thing I agree with is calling out Anderson and Jodie. This puts them in a spot to either admit through silence, or publicly refute. There is no way that inclusion on the list goes unnoticed by them, or their team of handlers (like Kelly Bush, Simon Halls and Steven Huvane)

  18. Larry says

    If Perez Hilton is one of the most powerful gay people, it’s no wonder homophobia exists. He is a walking example of every gay stereotype gone awry.

  19. crispy says

    Dan B:
    Out put Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster on the list last year. It was the infamous cover featuring two models holding pictures of Anderson and Jodie over their faces.

    And they sorta have responded. Jodie Foster publicly thanked her partner for the first time last year… Out columnist Michael Musto suggests that the Out cover was the reason for this.

    And Out asked Anderson Cooper if he’d pose for this year’s cover. His publicist responded: “Thanks for thinking of Anderson for this issue but we are going to pass.”

  20. Nate says

    I’m surprised Anderson’s publicist made ANY kind of statement about the Out issue – usually they stay mum on anything connected to his “rumored” gayness.

  21. says

    To paraphrase Kanye (should he be on the list? ):

    OUT MAGAZINE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE!

    But seriously, the list is a reflection of the power in the LGT community. Are there any non-white Executive Directors of national organizations (besides Alexander Robinson of the National BLACK Justice Coalition)? There’s only ONE Black out state legislator (guy from CT who came out a few months ago) and maybe two Latino out state legislators (Jennifer Veiga in CO and ???).

  22. peterparker says

    Yes, it is reprehensible that the list is waaaaaaaaaaay too white…and the inclusion of closet cases like Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster is laughable when there are so many out GLBT power brokers…but the most egregious omission of all is one that no one has yet mentioned: the fact that Andy Towle is nowhere on that list!

  23. Giovanni says

    Since it’s inception Out has struggled with issues of inclusiveness and diversity – you would be shocked and then saddened to hear some of the arguments that have been made against including people of color on the Cover and in the magazine itself – especially in its fashion stories – under the banner of “increasing sales”. GQ and even Men’s Vogue have somehow mangaged to find a balance yet Out – which is meant to be an “umbrella” magazine – always falls short of the mark.

  24. Tynkyr Belle says

    Oh for Kreyest’s sake – STOP YOUR WHINING!

    Geezus H. Kreyest – all you people can do is moan and complain!

    No wonder people think we’re frivolous and vapid!

  25. Richard says

    This looks more like the MTV/Bravo list. Pretty lame list of wanna-be’s. Perez Hilton? Come on, are you kidding? Hardly relevant. There are multi-billionaires and top artists and authors noticeably absent from the list. Where is Michelangelo Signorile? Barry Diller? Tony Kushner? Edward Albee? Who wrote this article — a teenager? Speaks volumes about the magazine — a real lightweight tabloid, in need of an editor.

  26. phil says

    Jasper Johns is still alive?

    David Ehrenstein– About two or three years ago there was a profile of Rauschenberg in the New Yorker by their art critic Peter Schedjal in which Rauschenberg, and others around him, openly speak of the relationship between him and Johns. In fact, I remember there being a part in the article where it spoke of their dislike of Warhol was based on being “too swishy.”

  27. Johnny says

    The List is a subjective power list, not a list of people who are worthy or wonderful (obviously: Rudin? Hilton?). It’s a Power list, not a Best list. This isn’t the Out 100 list, which IS a list of the notable and worthy. You may notice the reason that Out 100 is more diverse is precisely because power is still a largely white phenomenon in the U.S. Look at Congress. But worthiness is another matter. (But still, Lovely is Native American, Media is Black, Romero & Perez are Latino.) There are business leaders and politicians on the list, but most gay people who truly wield power in are in entertainment. There aren’t a lot of gay Fortune 500 CEOs (or Black, Latin, or Asians for that matter). These people aren’t compared with other LGBTs but are compared with the society at large. That’s a BIG difference.

  28. Paul R says

    So, Johnny, how is Marc Jacobs among the top 10 most powerful LGBTs? He sells expensive clothing, mainly to straight women. What kind of power does that provide?

    And Tim Gunn hosts a popular TV show. Does that really make him powerful, or just visible?

    More to the point, I read many different forms of media pretty much every waking minute, yet I don’t recognize at least half these names. So these people are powerful only in very small circles. Believe me, it’s not a matter of me not being well informed about developments in the gay community, as well as the straight.

  29. brokebackbob says

    Out’s lists are much more often than not
    just crap. So is the rest of the magazine.
    When it reached 90% advertisements, I
    cancelled. Hmmmm, I think there’s a trend
    here, they just got dumped by their parent
    company (which also publishes the expensive
    pamphlet The Advocate, who also got dumped)
    They’ll both be a bit more psychotic until
    the new drugs kick in.
    BBB

  30. QueenZafrona says

    What? No Drag Queens??? Where is Ru Paul? This is a sad state of affairs if this is all they have to offer. Maybe I should cancel my subscription!

  31. says

    Okay, so I just checked my Webster’s and the first entry for power is: “ability to act or produce an effect…” I don’t know about you kids, but my gays are ALL quite powerful when it comes to acting or producing effects … at home, at work, at play AND in the voting booth.

  32. says

    @Larry: Thanks for bringing up last year’s cover w/ the Jodie and Anderson masks. I thought no one would!

    Yes, the list is terrible. You’d like think an “Out list” would only include those who have come out.

    I think a better way to handle this would be to create a Out 50 by Towleroad.

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