The Guardian’s World Pride Power List

As the UK gears up to host World Pride 2012, it’s time for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to shout about what they’ve achieved. So welcome to the World Pride Power List 2012, spanning the worlds of business,
politics, arts and entertainment. Homosexuality remains illegal in more than 70 countries, with penalties ranging from
imprisonment to death. That’s why it’s so important to build a platform and celebrate those who are out, proud and successful now. “Young people today are the first generation to have gay people in the public domain as role models,”
says Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall and one of the judges. “Drawing attention to these role models matters.” The other judges were: Michael Fuller, managing director, UnitedHealth UK; Linda Riley, managing director
of Square Peg Media and Cuc Vu, chief diversity officer, the Human Rights Campaign. To get to the final 100, the judges
used a number of criteria, including influence, contribution and the impact of the nominees’ work over the past year.
The list is one of extraordinary variety, but there’s a single message behind it. Summerskill sums it up: “If you are young and gay, realise this: there is no reason to ever underestimate your potential.”
Lucy Jolin – The Guardian
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