Two newcomers top this year's Independent on Sunday's annual Pink List of the most powerful lgbt people in the UK: Rugby player Gareth Thomas and Mary Queen of Shops tv star Mary Portas. Although both have been public figures for some time, they only came out this year, Portas when she civilly united her partner Melanie Rickey. The highest ranked writers on the list are Stephen Fry at #3, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at #5, and then Sarah Waters at #26. In the bottom half of the list are Philip Hensher, Val McDermid, Stella Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Paul Burston.
If there's any doubt that the UK is far ahead of the US in coming out, consider that the top 101 was too crowded for these fancy folk, all omitted: Alan Bennett, Ian McKellan, George Michael, Elton John, Neil Tennant, David Hockney, Jeanette Winterson, Alan Hollinghurst, Rupert Everett, Jasper Conran, Simon Callow, Boy George, and, understandably, Lord Browne.
Do read the entire list. At #22 you'll learn opera director turned Mamma Mia! helmer Phyllida Lloyd's next project is Iron Lady, a biopic of Margaret Thatcher starring Helen Mirren Imelda Staunton Fiona Shaw Joan Plowright Maggie Smith no, Meryl Streep.
1 (tie) Gareth Thomas; Rugby player
1 (tie) Mary Portas; Broadcaster, PR and Queen of Shops
3 Stephen Fry; Broadcaster and writer
4 Evan Davis; Broadcaster
5 Carol Ann Duffy; Poet Laureate
6 Alan Carr; Comedian
7 Peter Tatchell; Human rights activist
8 Michael Salter; Broadcast adviser to PM
9 Sir Nicholas Hytner; Theatre director
10 Sue Perkins; Comedian