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Tim Cook tops Out magazine's Power 50 list for third straight year

Wednesday 10 April 2013 13.28 EDT

Tim Cook tops Out magazine's Power 50 list for third straight year

Newcomers to influential list include drag queen RuPaul and statistician Nate Silver but no public figure outed for the first time

As US senators race to announce their support for gay marriage, and public support for gay couples to wed increases, perhaps it's not surprising that Out magazine couldn't find a closeted public figure to unmask for the first time in its latest list of the most powerful gay men and women in the US.

In the past, the magazine has included public figures who it knew to be gay but had not made public declarations: Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster were cover stars in 2007, but it was only last year that both publicly announced they were gay.

That said, the magazine has not shied from placing Apple's CEO Tim Cook at the top of its latest list, published on Wednesday. The Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is at No 8, and the media mogul Barry Diller is at No 12. None have addressed their sexuality publicly, but all three have featured in the list before. It is Cook's third consecutive year at the top of the list.

"Maybe that means we have less need to [out people] now," said Out editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin.

"I think one of the most phenomenal things in American society is that the argument for being in the closet is being eroded by progress, and it seems increasingly arcane – to a lot of people – for a public figure to be in the closet," he said.

Hicklin said the magazine can't avoid putting influential people who aren't publicly out on the list – which is why someone like Anderson Cooper has been on it so many times. "It wasn't really an exposé so much as it didn't make sense to have this list without having them on it."

Cooper earned the No 5 spot this year. The big shock: Foster, who came out in a speech at the Golden Globes in January, failed to make the list at all. Hicklin said Foster was near the top, but failed to make the cut in part because she has no major projects coming up this year.

The list is meant to show "who wields the most influence on broader America", and people are assigned points based on four criteria: social and cultural influence, media profile, political influence, and wealth. The list is mainly white and male, something Hicklin hopes will change in the future.

"If it's difficult for gay men and women, it's even harder for black gay men and women, or transgender men or women," Hicklin said.

Newcomers to the list this year include drag queen RuPaul Charles (50) and statistician Nate Silver (6), who accurately predicted the outcome of the 2012 presidential election on his FiveThirtyEight blog.

Other new additions include musician Frank Ocean (10), music mogul Clive Davis (42), and the newspaper boss Kevin McClatchy (50).

Davis addressed his sexuality in his memoir, which was released in February this year. Ocean has yet to publicly define his sexuality, but wrote a note about a longtime affection for his first love, a man he met when he was 19, in July 2012. McClatchy announced he is gay in a November 2012 interview with the New York Times, where he said he kept his sexuality a secret while he was CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1996 and 2007.

Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director at J Crew (38), also acknowledged her sexuality for the first time in 2012, but, like others, had appeared on the list before.

by Anonymousreply 1004/11/2013

The full list (in slideshow)

by Anonymousreply 104/11/2013

The list

by Anonymousreply 204/11/2013

Dear Out:

You got my age wrong. Please print a retraction.

by Anonymousreply 304/11/2013

what is a magazine?

by Anonymousreply 404/11/2013

I mean I like NPH and Jane Lynch But how are they powerful?

and Drudge is gay? did he ever come out?

by Anonymousreply 504/11/2013

First off, thank you for posting the list with pictures. I had no idea, only knowing him from his appearances on ESPN as the world's most accurate March Madness bracketologist, that Nate Silver was gay! Didn't ping to me one bit. He is a mental stud of the highest order.

I wish I understood the symbolic meaning of the colored icons at the bottom of each photo. Clearly they have something to do with each person's status as to how "out" they are. Because I am nearly positive that Matt Drudge and Sheppy "Sweet Cheeks" Smith(who I have known since we worked together in Orlando)have never made an official coming out statement. I also know that the gayest billionaire on the planet Barry Diller, while not hiding anything from anyone, is oddly silent as to speaking about his gayness. So a blue dot, an orange triangle, a green do they mean? Anyone have a decoding ring?

by Anonymousreply 604/11/2013

[quote]gayest billionaire on the planet Barry Diller, while not hiding anything from anyone, is oddly silent as to speaking about his gayness.

He's married to Diane Von Furstenburg

by Anonymousreply 704/11/2013

Yes, I am fairly certain that every woman knows that due to DVF being a fashion maven. But DVF was also married to Prince Egon Von Fursrenburg, another gay man...leading me to believe that she likes the ladies.

But have you ever seen Diller make a public speech in support of gay issues? I know he gaves tons of money, which is great, but he doesn't put his beliefs in the open for public consumption like David Geffen. I think it has something to do with his generational thinking.

by Anonymousreply 804/11/2013

Ridiculous! Andrew Sullivan more powerful by far than the mayor of Houston? What garbage.

by Anonymousreply 904/11/2013

God, this magazine is just weird. Jodie was high on the list but then removed because she has "no project coming out"? A quick google search shows Jodie has a co-headling gigantic blockbuster with Matt Damon and his butt this summer. She also has that tv show episode she directed.

And r5 has my question too. NPH? Jane? Rupaul? For what?

So exactly what is the criteria for this? You can only be on the list I'd you have a project coming out later? Shouldnt the list be about overall influence?

by Anonymousreply 1004/11/2013
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