List of 40 influential gay men

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On 27 November 1995, the Independent published a list of 40 influential gay men.

"Why compile a list of 40 influential gay men? Because the time has come. You can call it queer, call it gay, call it homosexual but whatever the hip, old-fashioned or sociological tag, it has been the flavour of the decade to date, a defining factor not only in production of high and pop culture (where gay men have traditionally been assured of a warm welcome) but, increasingly, also in the corridors of power, sometimes to kick in the doors of the mighty or, more and more often, to take up public residence; watch the MP Chris Smith's star ascend."[1]

For details of the 40 men included, see Category:1995 list of 40