Talk:Rainbow List 2014
1 (new entry) Michael Cashman
Labour Party special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide
The Limehouse-born actor, now well-loved politician, was once Colin in EastEnders, one half of the first gay kiss on mainstream British TV. Then he became a Member of the European Parliament for 15 years until May this year, and now, at 63, a member of the House of Lords. A founder of Stonewall in 1989, he has long been a campaigner for LGBT rights.
He was appointed a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours. He and his partner of 20 years, Paul Cottingham, were among the first couples to register their civil partnership, in March 2006. Cottingham died of cancer last month, and when Lord Cashman took his seat in the Lords five days later, he said:“Beside me, unseen by others, will be the love of my life, Paul Cottingham.”
2 (last year 1) Paris Lees
Journalist & campaigner
Lees has written that “Being No 1 on the Pink List transformed my life .... It was an honour, and I’ve really tried to live up to the trust the judges invested in me.”
She certainly has, with appearances on Question Time, Newsnight, Radio 1 and at the Oxford Union, and a new book deal. Our heroine.
3 (new entry) Vicky Beeching
Religious commentator & musician
A prominent member of the UK and US Christian community, Beeching provided an example to follow after coming out in August. Her campaign for changes to the Church’s stance on equality and diversity has gained her huge support, and she collected the most nominations for this year’s list.
4 (re-entry) Ruth Davidson
Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party
Has been described as a “working-class, kick-boxing lesbian from Glasgow”, she might seem an unlikely Conservative politician.
She was a reporter for the BBC, and joined the Tories in 2009. Elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, she became leader, aged 32, six months later.
5 (15) Evan Davis
BBC Newsnight presenter
After a first in economics from Oxford, and a year at Harvard, Davis worked for the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
He joined the BBC 21 years ago and rose to Economics Editor, then presented Radio 4’s Today for six years. Last month he stepped up to Newsnight. Today’s loss, our judges thought.
6 (10) Sue Perkins
Comedian & presenter
Perkins reinforced her position as Britain’s best-loved baker with another Great British Bake Off, while also presenting highlights from the Edinburgh Festival. She will put her famously brilliant take on 21st-century gay life by writing an episode for the upcoming E4 drama series, Banana. Sam Smith for 'In the Lonely' UK's new biggest musician
7 (new entry) Sam Smith
The 22-year-old soul singer is the UK’s biggest new musician of 2014, with massive sales of his debut album. During the promotional rounds, he revealed it was written about his love for a guy, making him a rarity – the pop star who comes out at the beginning of his career.
8 (5) Ruth Hunt
Stonewall's new CEO, popular for equal marriage campaigning and working with trans people, had a wobble for failing to support a boycott of the Dorchester hotel over the religious laws of its owner, the Sultan of Brunei. Hunt explained that this was to avoid putting Brunei’s LGBT community “at far greater risk”.
9 (37) Casey Stoney
Congratulations are due to Stoney, who announced in July that she and her partner and former team-mate Megan Harris are expecting twins. Stoney rejoined Arsenal this season and led England in the first four matches of their impressive World Cup 2015 qualifying campaign.
10 (20) Suran Dickson
CEO, Diversity Role Models
Dickson left her teaching career to put an end to homophobic bullying in schools – something she used to witness regularly. This year, the charity reached out to more than 7,500 children through 338 LGBT workshops – nearly twice the number of pupils as the previous year.
11 (56) Patrick Strudwick
A brave and campaigning journalist who has set up the Stop Gay Conversion Therapy Taskforce. In August, he wrote the interview in which Vicky Beeching (No 3) came out as gay, and last week, he did the IoS interview in which Sir Ian McKellen criticised homophobia in sport.
12 (6) Owen Jones
Defiantly old-style socialist writer
A brilliant young journalist who made his name with Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class in 2011. While at Oxford University he worked as a researcher for a Labour MP, John McDonnell. Talent-spotted by The Independent and stolen by The Guardian in March.
13 (new entry) Kate Stone
Dr Stone became famous when she was gored by a stag, and the media focused not on her PhD or her TED talk, but on her status as a trans woman. Working with All About Trans and the old Press Complaints Commission, she received an unprecedented six apologies from newspapers.
14 (new entry) Huma Qazi
Director, Pride in London
A managing director of her own HR consultancy, Huma Qazi spends her free time volunteering as a director for Pride in London. She brings her experience from the HR industry to help raise awareness of LGBT diversity and inclusion, educating those in school and in the workplace. Olympic champion diver who came out in December last year
15 (new entry) Tom Daley
Daley, 20, revealed in December that he is in a happy relationship with a man, becoming one of the very few still-active sportsmen to do so. He won a gold and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and was named Man of the Year at the Attitude awards last month.
16 (4) Nicola Adams
The much-loved boxer, MBE, and former Pink List No 1 bounced back from her first defeat since London 2012 by winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. As at London, she became the first woman to achieve that accolade as the sport made its bow at the Glasgow Games.
17 (new entry) Stephen Beresford
This actor-turned-playwright-turned-screenwriter’s most recent project is Pride, the stirring Brit-hit about the solidarity between a Welsh village and gay and lesbian activists during the 1984 miners’ strike – which should be a leading player in the imminent awards season.
18 (new entry) Rebecca Root
An actress and stand-up comedian, Rebecca Root is the star of the new BBC2 sitcom Boy Meets Girl, which airs next year. Along with actresses such as Laverne Cox and Adèle Anderson, Root is one of few trans actresses to be cast in a mainstream television show.
19 (9) Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah
Executive director, UK Black Pride
A passionate trailblazer across many communities who worked tirelessly to form UK Black Pride, Opoku-Gyimah had a story in last year’s book of coming out stories, It’s OK to Be Gay. This year, she worked on Big Pride Picnic in the Park, Justice for Jamaican LGBTs and the Arts Riot festival.
20 (re-entry) Angela Eagle
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Strongly partisan at Prime Minister’s Questions, often heckling David Cameron. A witty performer and popular with MPs. She was elected in 1992 and became the first MP to come out as lesbian in 1997. She entered a civil partnership with Maria Exall in 2008.
21 (21) Elly Barnes
LGBT schools adviser, charity founder
The former teacher used her 2011 Pink List No 1 placing to drive the charity Educate & Celebrate, a resource to help teachers challenge homophobia. Now accepted by Ofsted as “best practice”. Last year, Birmingham City Council presented the first “Educate and Celebrate” awards.
22 (new entry) Andrew Scott
Best known as Sherlock’s Moriarty, the 38-year-old Irishman publicly discussed his sexuality for the first time in an interview with The Independent at the end of 2013. And this year he played the bookshop owner-cum-activist Gethin in the joyous gay-rights film Pride.
23 (29) Toby Whitehouse
Joint founder, Gaydio
Initially created to cover Manchester Pride, Gaydio became the UK’s first LGBT FM radio service in 2010. It now prides itself on being the biggest in the world, with a monthly audience topping 800,000. Whitehouse is a presenter and was recently named on the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list.
24 (new entry) James Morton
James heads up the Scottish Transgender Alliance, arguably the most prominent trans organisation in the UK. He is highly respected within Scottish Government circles and has campaigned to ensure equal marriage legislation in Scotland represents a fair deal for trans people.
25 (new entry) Heather Peace
Actress & musician
Always a favourite of our readers, Peace received 47 public nominations. Her hit single “The Thin Line” preceded a sell-out countrywide tour and two appearances on DIVA’s cover. As well as being a star of stage and television, she is a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
26 (30) Lord Justice Terence Etherton
Chancellor of High Court
Sir Terence became the first openly gay judge to be made Lord Justice of Appeal in 2008. A former member of the British fencing team, he was appointed Chancellor of the High Court in January 2013. Has has said his career shows “diversity in sexuality is not a bar to preferment”. Jane Czyzselska is the editor of DIVA, the UK's leading magazine for gay and bisexual women. She regularly hosts events and debates on LGBT cultural and mental well-being issues and is a frequent contributor to a wide range of media and other publications. She is also a trustee of the LGBT mental health charity Pace. Editor of DIVA, the UK's leading magazine for gay and bisexual women.
27 (33) Jane Czyzselska
Editor, DIVA magazine
Czyzselska regularly writes about the social issues affecting the lesbian and bisexual community and works with Women In Journalism to address lesbophobia in the media. This year, she is a panellist at L FEST 2014 and a judge for the National Diversity Awards 2014.
28 (34) Dominic Davies
Founder & director of Pink Therapy
Davies has more than 30 years’ experience as a psychotherapist and sex therapist and, as the founder of Pink Therapy, he created a directory that allows LGBT people to safely find non-judgemental therapists and counsellors.
29 (95) Rev Richard Coles
Broadcaster, musician, clergyman
Not many CofE priests have 678,000 Twitter followers, but the former member of The Communards is popular on panel shows such as QI, and even won Celebrity Mastermind. He recently released his auto-biography, Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit.
30 (new entry) Sarah Westwood
Westwood is one of DIVA magazine’s most popular columnists, writing as “The Rubbish Lesbian”. The column – a funny and honest account of her life – has a wide appeal, and Rainbow List judge Charlotte Henry praises her ability to make us all “feel a bit less rubbish” about ourselves.
31 (70) Susan Calman
The Glaswegian has become one of the nation’s best-loved comics, thanks to her acclaimed stand-up shows and radio gigs, including her own Radio 4 series Susan Calman is Convicted. Calman has always used her humour to engage with serious issues, from gay marriage to depression.
32 (22) Yotam Ottolenghi
With four restaurants and four cookbooks, this Israeli-born, London-based chef is increasingly influential. But it’s his candid and vocal support for making a surrogacy more accessible (he has a young son, Max, with his husband, Karl Allen) that impressed most this year.
Schools OUT & LGBT History Month
After 40 years of tireless campaigning for LGBT people in education, Schools OUT UK finally became a registered charity this year. In an effort to promote knowledge among young people, LGBT History Month launched a film competition to explore the legacy of campaigner Harvey Milk. Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow
34 (85) Kelvin Holdsworth
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow
Holdsworth first graced our lists for his support for equal marriage. He continues to blog emphatically about homophobic behaviour in the church and the media. He recently declared himself for the outing of clergy “who use their authority to inhibit the lives of those gay people in their care”.
35 (26) Gareth Thomas
Author & former rugby international
Thomas’s autobiography, the aptly titled Proud, written with The Independent on Sunday columnist Michael Calvin, was published in September and has been shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of Year. He has led a campaign to combat bullying in schools.
36 (69) Natacha Kennedy
Lecturer, Goldsmiths College
The former primary school teacher is faculty member at Goldsmiths, where she researches transgender studies. She’s also a Trustee at Camden LGBT Forum, sits on LGBT Labour’s national committee, is a founder member of London Trans Diversity and the Trans Teachers’ Association.
37 (48) Monty Moncrieff
CEO, London Friend
Under Moncrieff’s leadership London Friend, the health and mental well-being organisation, won the Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards 2014. Moncrieff has written in Pink News about the dangers of drug use and “chemsex”.
38 (72) Claire Harvey
Team GB sitting-volleyball Paralympic captain
A critic of the homophobic legislation in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, Harvey was appointed Changing Lives Champion at the Youth Sports Trust charity in September, and is also a senior consultant on inclusive leadership at the auditors KPMG.
39 (36) Dr Meg John Barker
Senior OU lecturer in psychology
After publishing their guide to love, sex and relationships in 2012, Dr Barker continues to share their wisdom on their Rewriting the Rules blog, and in a TedX talk. The founding member of BiUK also produced The Bisexuality Report and co-edits Psychology & Sexuality.
40 (59) Mark Gatiss
Actor & writer
Gatiss has had a vintage 12 months, penning another series of Sherlock and the magisterial Doctor Who bio-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, as well as starring in Game of Thrones and picking up an Olivier nomination for starring in Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus.
41 (new entry) Aderonke Apata
LGBT asylum campaigner Apata fled persecution for homosexuality in her native Nigeria, and campaigns for LGBT asylum seekers to stay in the UK. Her petition, demanding that she be allowed to stay, gained 320,000 signatures, and her valiant efforts were recognised when she gained the National Diversity Award.
42 (67) Derren Brown
The magic never lets up for the internationally renowned master trickster, who came out in The Independent in 2007: having recently wrapped up his Infamous touring show, which gained rave reviews, he is now preparing to start another tour, Miracle, in the spring.
43 (88) Tris Reid-Smith
Director and editor-in-chief of Gay Star News
Previously editor at the Pink Paper, Reid-Smith, with partner Scott Nunn, launched the Gay Star News website – the world’s only 24/7 LGBTI news service – in 2012. This year, Reid-Smith has been a panellist at the Asia Pink Awards and a jury member for the Iris Prize 2014.
44 (66) Anthony Watson
Global CIO, Nike
Formerly the global chief information officer at Barclays, the Diversity Roles Models patron joined Nike earlier this year. The European Diversity Awards chair has been given an Adcolor Award and was listed as an influential business leader by the Financial Times.
45 (81) Kathy Caton
Radio producer and presenter, Out in Brighton
Out in Brighton, an interview programme broadcast on Radio Reverb, has a global reach. Caton, who is on the board of BBC Pride, this year helped create Brighton Trans*formed, a book that documents the lives of Brighton & Hove’s transgender community. Film-maker, director of the brilliant 2011 gay romantic drama Weekend
46 (48) Andrew Haigh
The director of the brilliant 2011 gay romantic drama Weekend made a striking television debut this year as the co-creator of HBO series Looking. The show, about three gay male friends in San Francisco, was praised for its low-key naturalism. A second series is due to air in early 2015.
47 (new entry) Isabella Segal
Segal, a partner at Nyman Libson Paul, was one of only two trans executives to appear in the Financial Times top 100 list of LGBT executives. She began living full-time as a woman in May last year and says that most of her colleagues and clients have been “hugely supportive”.
48 (35) Paul Martin
CEO, Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester
Martin continues to work hard for Manchester and the North-West. His key role in the development of infrastructure in the LGBT sector led to his appointment as non-executive director of NHS Manchester and as the Chair of The National LGBT Partnership. Chris Bryant MP attends a photocall to highlight the need for change in sex and relationships education in schools at the Houses of Parliament on November 16, 2011 in London, England. Chris Bryant: Shadow minister for welfare reform
49 (re-entry) Chris Bryant
Shadow minister for welfare reform
The former Anglican vicar was elected as Labour MP for Rhondda Valley in 2001. As an MP, he signed the letter in 2006 calling on Tony Blair to stand down and pursued Rupert Murdoch over phone hacking as a member of the Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport.
50 (25) Mobeen Azhar
The practising Muslim first came to our attention for the award-winning Radio 4 programme Inside Gay Pakistan. He has since produced Woolwich: The Untold Story for Panorama, and has worked on prostitution documentaries Jodie Marsh On... The Game, and Boy For Rent.
51 (24) Carol Ann Duffy
Now halfway into her laureateship, Duffy, made a CBE in 2002, has embraced its traditional duties – writing poems to mark the royal wedding, the diamond jubilee and David Beckham’s Achilles tendon injury– as well as inventing new duties, such as the Ted Hughes Award.
52 (49) Jane Hill
BBC News anchor who is involved in promoting better representation for LGBT people in radio and TV, Hill has in the past year hosted the European Diversity Awards and Scope’s Inspirations dinner, as well as playing a news anchor in the Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow.
53 (new entry) Robyn Exton
Founder & CEO, Dattch
Exton was named by the Huffington Post as Young Entrepreneur of the Week after her app, Dattch, made its breakthrough in the UK and then the United States. Designed to help people mingle in the LGBT community, Dattch has been labelled the “Grindr for lesbians”.
54 (101) Iain Dale
Publisher & blogger
With his political commentary, Dale is the award-winning LBC drivetime presenter as well as a journalist for Attitude magazine. This year, the publisher made a firm stance against homophobia by withdrawing a book offer from an author he said had given a homophobic book review.
55 (54) Matthew Hodson
As one of the few public figures to be openly HIV-positive, Hodson wanted to get gay men talking about sexual health and to raise money. His charity, GMFA, launched a social media campaign, #Pants2HIV, where donors would share images of themselves in their underwear.
56 (52) Matthew Todd
Editor, Attitude magazine
Having been editor while the ground-breaking magazine celebrated its 20-year anniversary last year, Todd is now on sabbatical, but he’s been busy – overseeing the Attitude Awards and writing Straight Jacket, which focuses on the difficulties that LGBT people face. It’s published next year.
57 (98) Darren Scott
Editor, Gay Times
Gay Times is a leading gay UK magazine, featuring icons such as Sir Ian McKellen and Derren Brown on its cover, and Scott is the brains behind its success. GT recently celebrated its 30th year in print with a special issue, featuring interviews with several Hollywood and television celebrities.
58 (40) Jane Fae
A writer for The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman about trans issues, Fae describes herself as a feminist, journalist and campaigner on political and sexual liberty. She writes about topics such as climate change, medical ethics and online censorship.
59 (89) Gary Everett
Artistic director, Homotopia festival
Not only is Everett responsible for curating Liverpool’s Homotopia festival – which this year featured a faith debate, and artwork by Andy Warhol and Catherine Opie – he is also involved in projects such as Alternative Miss Liverpool, Idaho 50, and the Grand Vogue Ball.
60 (39)Simon Topham
CEO, Millivres Prowler
Topham is the mogul behind the largest gay and lesbian business in the UK. With titles such as Gay Times, DIVA, and gay lifestyle shops being housed under its name, this year Millivres Prowler Group celebrates 40 years of being the leader in gay and lesbian retail and media.
61 (new entry) Linda Riley
The managing director of the Global Diversity Awards also runs Square Peg Media, which is responsible for publishing the popular g3 and Out in the City magazines. She also runs the Alternative Parenting Show, as well as organising the European Diversity Awards.
62 (new entry) Matt Cain
He rose to fame as Channel 4’s first Culture Editor, but Cain has quit television to write fiction, such as Shot Through the Heart and Nothing But Trouble (published next year), with realistic, happy gay characters centrestage. Popular and well-connected: no arts scene party is complete without him.
63 (46) Sir Adrian Fulford
Carving the way for LGBT people in the judicial system, Sir Adrian was the first openly gay QC to be appointed to High Court judge, and was last year made a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was also the first judge to deliver a guilty verdict at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Alan Carr attends the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Alan Carr: Award-winning comedian
64 (65) Alan Carr
After his “fairy” advert for PETA caused controversy in April, he hit back, saying, “the most homophobia I get is from gays” and that hatred of camp men comes from “self-loathing”. Meanwhile, Chatty Man has millions of viewers and won a Royal Television Society Award. So there.
65 (91) Jay Stewart
Co-founder of Gendered Intelligence
Jay is co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, an organisation that delivers creative workshops to trans people under 25. He manages various arts-based projects and is studying for his PhD, entitled “Trans on Telly: Popular Documentary and the Production of Transgender Knowledge”.
66 (64) Liz Carr
Carr is a wheelchair-using comedian and actor who plays the forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in BBC's Silent Witness. She regularly performs cabaret at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern as part of Duckie. A disability rights campaigner, Liz is also a member of Not Dead Yet and speaks out against assisted suicide.
67 (84) Andy Woodfield
Partner at PwC
Paving the way to make it easier to talk about the challenges of coming out at work, Woodfield continues to head up GLEE. This year, he was named Stonewall Senior Champion and managed to secure number 83 in the OUTstanding top 100 list of pioneering LGBT executives.
68 (new entry) Jess Key
A mother-of-two, Key heads UK Trans Info, a voluntary organisation focused on improving the lives of binary trans people and non-binary people. Since her transition two years ago, she has campaigned to bring together trans people in her area of Lincolnshire, including in the police and NHS.
69 (re-entry) Margot James
Conservative MP & businesswoman
The Tories’ first openly lesbian MP was this year made parliamentary aide to William Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons. A strong supporter of Israel, James none the less demanded the Government took a stronger stand over the country’s bombardment of Gaza.
70 (new entry) Mikey Walsh
Many of Walsh’s 225 nominators describe his best-selling book Gypsy Boy – now in development with BBC Films – as “life-changing”. One confided: “My family threw me out for being gay. My mum read Mikey’s book and phoned me to say how utterly sorry and ashamed she was.” Crispin Blunt has survived an attempt by worthies in his local party to get rid of him Conservative MP
71 (New entry) Crispin Blunt MP
Blunt saw off an attempt to deselect him from his Reigate seat late last year. In April, he argued that providing refuge to LGBT people seeking escape from oppression in their own countries should have been in the Coalition’s programme for government.
72 (92) Damian Barr
Already a popular figure on the bookish scene thanks to his irreverently intellectual literary salon, Barr’s memoir Maggie and Me won the Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year award at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2014. This year he has presented Radio 4’s Front Row.
73 (new entry) Kathryn Nawrockyi
Director, Opportunity Now
Nawrockyi is on a mission to ensure gender equality for women in the workplace with her organisation and is a firm believer in narrowing the gender pay gap. Committed to making a difference, she authored the largest study of women at work, Project 28-40.
74 (60) Juliet Jacques
Jacques regularly writes about gender identity in national publications and has been praised for her series about gender reassignment. This year, Jacques contributed to Sheila Heti’s book Women in Clothes and took part in performance event Transpose at the Tate Modern.
75 (new entry) Tim Sigsworth
Chief Executive, Albert Kennedy Trust
Last year, the Albert Kennedy Trust provided 8,000 nights of safe accommodation for LGBT young people in Manchester, London and Newcastle. As AKT celebrates its 25th anniversary, few would disagree that Sigsworth deserves the plaudits for the organisation’s success.
76 (86) Lisa Egan
While she calls herself a failed comedian/writer/academic on Twitter, Egan has certainly been successful in garnering a following for her stark opinions on what she calls the Government’s “distressing war on disabled benefit claimants” through her blog “Where’s the Benefit”.
77 (77) Lynette Nusbacher
Nusbacher is a partner for the think-tank Nusbacher Associates and is also a member of Women Working in Foreign Affairs. Nusbacher currently blogs about strategy and foreign policy for the Times of Israel, but was previously a war studies lecturer at Sandhurst.
78 (new entry) Chloe Orkin
Dr Orkin is passionate about making HIV testing a routine procedure and has written numerous publications on the matter. This year, she headed up the national campaign Going Viral, an NHS first aimed at routinely testing emergency patients for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
79 (New entry) Suzette Davenport
The first woman to lead Gloucestershire Police, Davenport was cheered to the rafters when she announced she is a lesbian at the county’s gay pride event during the summer. Davenport said that she wanted people to “understand hate crime”.
80 (94) Bisi Alimi
In 2004, Alimi courageously came out on national television in Nigeria. He has since set up the Kaleidoscope Trust and hosted TED talks in Berlin, where he is a university lecturer. He is an active blogger and has also appeared on CNN and the BBC World Service.
81 (76) Will Young
Musician & actor
While the singer has been quiet on the music front of late, he has become increasingly prominent speaker on LGBT issues. As well as fronting a Stonewall campaign dealing with the misuse of the word “gay” in schools, he is also a spokesperson for gay domestic violence charity GAID.
82 (new entry) James Dawson
When he was 15, Dawson says, he could find no gay role models. Now he is one, partly thanks to his book This Book Is Gay – “a manual to all areas of life as an LGBT person” – for which rights have sold in America, Germany, Spain, Brazil and the Czech Republic. The first gay president of the World Psychiatric Association
83 (new entry) Dinesh Bhugra CBE
President, World Psychiatric Association
The first gay president of the World Psychiatric Association came out publicly in November 2013, saying that his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay people. “There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he said. “We need to make a stand.”
84 (93) Rikki Beadle-Blair
Passionate about producing thought-provoking films, music and performances, Beadle-Blair this year released Blackbird – a film about a young singer struggling with his sexuality in a Southern Baptist community. He also released a film on homophobic bullying to all UK schools.
85 (new entry) Sophie Ward
The actress, known for her roles in Young Sherlock Holmes, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, this year led the cast of John van Druten’s play Flowers of the Forest, in London’s West End. In December 2013, she also published A Marriage Proposal: The Importance of Equal Marriage and What it Means for All of Us.
86 (new entry) Asif Quaraishi
Also known as Asifa Lahore, Quaraishi is the UK’s first Muslim drag queen and is considered an icon for the Asian gay community. A DJ and singer (sometimes for the LGBT club Club Kali) Quaraishi is bidding to represent Britain at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
87 (new entry) Juno Roche
Juno Roche taught for eight years before she decided to live, and teach, as a woman. In April, she delivered a speech at a National Union for Teachers conference and was met with a standing ovation. Her story, which went viral on Twitter, is an inspiration. Radio 1 breakfast host Nick Grimshaw DJ and presenter, host of BBC Radio 1 breakfast show
88 (18) Nick Grimshaw
DJ & presenter
Despite mixed fortunes in the ratings, Grimshaw continues to be one of the UK’s most popular DJs as host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and a healthy antidote to some less enlightened colleagues. Rarely off our screens, too, his presenting gigs include the Mercury Prize and Children in Need.
89 (new entry) Cat Burton
Pilot, British Airways
A senior BA pilot with 40 years’ experience, Burton announced her gender transition via an online forum. In the past, such a move might have been career-ending, but Burton’s supportive employers are set to welcome her back to her job in the near future.
90 (new entry) Kate Tempest
Anyone who has seen one of Tempest’s performances has probably fallen in love with her, and this year the world caught up, with a nomination for the Mercury Prize coinciding with a Ted Hughes Prize and a listing as one of the Poetry Book Society’s 20 Next Generation poets.
91 (new entry) Colin Coward
Founder, Changing Attitude
Coward is the spearhead of an organisation that promotes full inclusion and equality of LGBT people in the Anglican communion. A priest in a civil partnership, he diplomatically confronts bishops from the Church of England over their stance on women and LGBTIQ as bishops in the future.
92 (41) CN Lester
Co-founder of Queer Youth Network
Having set up the first UK Gay/Straight Alliance in 1999, CN Lester regularly hosts Transpose gigs to raise money for queer causes. In March, the singer-songwriter released a third album titled Aether, and in April was one of four trans artists to perform at Tate Modern.
93 (new entry) Ayla Holdom
Head of Armed Services Trans group
Ayla is a search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force and leads the Armed Services Trans group. She contributes to the Guardian and has appeared in numerous films for Transgender UK to compare the differing working directives for trans people in the armed forces in the US.
94 (new entry) Antonia Belcher
Belcher is a founding partner of the building consultant MHBC – one of only two trans executives to make the FT’s LGBT Top100 list – and worked on office blocks, mansions and shopping centres. She argued this summer that big businesses have become more welcoming to trans employees.
95 (re-rentry) Paul Burston
Author and Polari Prize founder
As well as an award-winning author, journalist and editor in his own right, Burston is the man to know in LGBT literary circles. He’s the founder of the Polari salon, and the Polari Prize for a first book that explores the LGBT experience, won this year by British-Somalian Diriye Osman.
96 (27) Sarah Brown
Before losing her seat this year as a Lib-Dem Cambridge councillor, Brown made history by becoming the first transgender elected politician in Britain. After having her own marriage annulled, Brown has become a keen advocate of same-sex marriages. Singer
97 (new entry) Lucy Spraggan
Since performing her own music on The X Factor, Spraggan has become an icon – and was able to crack down on last year’s winner James Arthur for his homophobic rap. She has one of the most supportive mums in the business, who has written about their relationship.
98 (new entry) Stephanie Hirst
Formerly known as the popular Radio 5Live figure Simon Hirst, Stephanie made the brave call to announce her transition on air. While tough interviews followed, “Hirsty” never appeared fazed – and her decision may provide inspiration to those hoping make changes to their lives.
99 (“one to watch”) Sarah Garrett
Director and co-founder of Square Peg Media
The media group produces the lesbian magazine g3, of which Garrett is the editor, as well as Out in the City and First Time Buyer. Garrett is also an advocate of same-sex parenting and co-founded The Alternative Parenting Show, which offers advice to would-be parents on having children.
100 (new entry) Tom Abell
Managing director, Peccadillo Pictures
With an impressive career in the film and video industry, Abell formed Peccadillo Pictures in 2000. The award-winning UK film distributor of art house, gay & lesbian and world cinema titles provides viewing over multiple platforms. Abell also produces short films.
101 (new entry) Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe
Head of diversity, Google
When Palmer-Edgecumbe began his career in investment banking in 1991, he has said, “the work culture was awful – racist, sexist, homophobic”. Now he encourages diversity at one of the world’s most influential companies, which supports the European Diversity Awards.
Sarah Waters; Ben Summerskill; Maggi Hambling; Jim MacSweeney of Gay’s the Word bookshop; Stephen Fry; Jeanette Winterson; Brian Sewell; Sandi Toksvig; Graham Norton; Stephen Whittle; Eileen Gallagher; Russell T Davies; Sir Nicholas Hytner; Boy George; Michael Grandage; Phyllida Lloyd; Rupert Everett; Jackie Kay; David Hockney; Alan Hollinghurst; Linda Bellos; Simon Callow; Alan Bennett; Lord (Waheed) Alli; Andrew Pierce; April Ashley; Roz Kaveney; Lord (Chris) Smith; John Barrowman; Sir Elton John; Philip Hensher; Christopher Biggins; Val McDermid; Cameron Mackintosh; Alice Purnell; Julian Clary; Jonathan Harvey; Dr Christian Jessen; David Lan; Colm Tóibín; Paul O’Grady; Fiona Shaw; Bea Campbell.
Ones to watch
Rainbow List 2014: Ones to watch, internationals, power couples and straight allies
They may not yet wield the influence of a top politician, an actor who’s barely off our screens, or a musician with a million album sales; but our nominations inbox showed that readers want to hear more from these newcomers to the list, and our judges agreed.
One reader who nominated Cliff Joannou, editor of QX magazine, called him "an unsung hero who supports grassroots projects". Comedian Rosie Wilby and her Out in South London radio show proved popular, with dozens of nominations, as did Michelle Ross, for setting up CliniQ for trans sexual health.
TV producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins received plaudits for a moving gay storyline in EastEnders, while Ben Roberts, new Director of the BFI Film Fund, is partly responsible for funding films including Pride. “Rising star” Naith Payton managed to secure himself a first-person piece in The Sun (“unusual enough for a trans man”, said one judge).
Meanwhile, boxing promoter Kellie Maloney “is in a position to have educated many just by the fact of her transition”. Read more
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A moving nomination came from a relative of Hunter Charlton, a young HIV-positive man who became the Terrence Higgins Trust’s biggest single fundraiser from this year’s London Marathon.
Others to watch are Patrick Harvie MSP; Leng Montgomery, of Diversity Role Models; Canon Jeremy Pemberton; Nieves Barragan Mohacho, chef (pictured); Wayne Dhesi, of rucomingout.com; blogger Alex Bertie; artist Sophie Green; film editor Victoria Boydell; model Nicola Gibson, and Kristian Johns, who blogs about living with HIV.
In this year of equal marriage, let’s celebrate those powerful partnerships, both romantically and in business, in which each partner makes the other stronger.
Our family of power couples is headed by Twitter’s favourite team, Clare Balding (the author of yet another bestselling book this year) and Alice Arnold, and includes a brace of chefs, Jack Monroe and Allegra McEvedy; a bookend of writers, the wonderful Stella Duffy and Shelley Silas, who have maintained their enviable relationship through a stressful year that included creating the countrywide arts event Fun Palaces; queens of shopping and fashion, and mothers to an adorable Horatio, Mary Portas and Melanie Rickey; the journalistic duo Matthew Parris and Julian Glover; and a game of two halves, the hockey team-mates, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh – the latter is also a patron of Spurs’ LGBT supporters network the Proud Lilywhites.
In business couples, where would we be without Stacey Halls and Tom Blackie from Opening Doors London; the film-makers Lewis Hancox and Fox Fisher, who created My Genderation Films after meeting on Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer in 2011; Steph Keeble and David Viney from LGBT Birmingham; Benjamin Cohen CEO of Pink News (@pinknews) and Mike Buonaiuto, the team behind Out 4 Marriage; Jennie Kermode and Helen Belcher from Trans Media Watch; and Lou Englefield of Football v Homophobia and Pride in Sports; and Leviathen Hendricks of the Gay Football Supporters Network… and where would they all be without each other?
Bishop of Buckingham
One of the most vocal supporters of equal marriage in the Church of England.
He says: “If the Church wants to provide compassion, it can stop talking about gay people and start talking with them.”
Founder, Albert Kennedy Trust
Hall founded the trust 20 years ago after Albert Kennedy, a 16-year-old boy she knew, died after falling from a car-park roof while being chased by several attackers.
Star and creator of the online TV drama Transparent
Tambor stars as a transgender, divorced, Jewish father-turned-mother in the Amazon series, created and directed by Soloway.
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Plays Alan Turing in the historical drama The Imitation Game (general release this Friday). One nominator already thinks he needs an Oscar for his portrayal of “the greatest gay person of the 20th century”.
Perhaps because of the sex scene in the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays the poet Allen Ginsberg, Radcliffe was nominated for “encouraging people who identify as heterosexual to think a little bit more inclusively”.
Liberal Democrat MP
As equalities minister, last year Swinson launched a campaign to end homophobic bullying in schools, and she’s credited with much of the groundwork for the allocation of £2m to the problem, announced last month.
Member of the House of Lords
Presented with the Peer of the Year prize at the Pink News Awards, for his work to fight HIV and improve sex education, Fowler recently published the critically acclaimed book AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice.
Liberal Democrat MP
The first politician to take part in the Out4Marriage campaign and the one who launched the consultation on equal marriage.
Although her final scenes as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street were shown earlier this year, Hesmondhalgh remains a passionate advocate for trans rights, working with groups such as Trans Media Watch, Press for Change, the Albert Kennedy Trust, and the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation, alongside other charities.
Hip hop duo
First nominated for their 2012 single “Same Love”, the pair continue to support equality. Their track “Can’t Hold Us” has the lyrics “Labels out here/Now they can’t tell me nothing”.
Her autumn/winter 2014 menswear collection was dedicated to gay and transgender people and inspired by her late brother: “Gianni came out and said he was gay when it was very difficult to say that,” she said. “I’m very proud of that.”
Gay men cannot donate blood if they have had sex in the past 12 months. Introducing his Private Member’s Bill calling for the gay blood ban to be removed, Fabricant called it “unfair” and “illogical”. Which it is.