Out Magazine names its new Power 50: Barney Frank, Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper top the list
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has never publicly discussed his sexuality but that didn’t stop Out Magazine from placing him third on its annual Power 50 list.
It’s a pity that a man with that much money and power chooses to remain silent about who he is at this time in history. As a journalist, he probably doesn’t want to become the story but he already is the story! Hopefully this Silver Fox will one day present his entire self to the world watching him on television and show that after doing so, he can just get on with his job and his life – and maybe ride in a few gay pride parades!
Until then, I celebrate the two remarkable people who may not have begun their public lives out of the closet but certainly have made up for lost time: Congressman Barney Frank (1) and Ellen DeGeneres (2). Both are are the forefront of their professions and have real influence on American life. Barney, as head of the House Finance Committee, is front-and-center with the country being in such sorry financial shape. The outspoken Frank can be expected to tell it like it is. Of Ellen, the magazine writes:
In the past year, DeGeneres has succeeded in reaching the not-always-LGBT-friendly middle American demographic on topics like hate crime legislation, and she’s put a relatable face on the issue of gay marriage, as she chronicled her own to actress Portia de Rossi. She also forced presidential candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama to explain their stances on marriage equality better than any official debate did.
Others I’m thrilled to see make the list: Rachel Maddow (4), Gus Van Sant (14) Dustin Lance Black (25) Neil Patrick Harris (28) Wanda Sykes (35).
Go to OUT.com to see the entire list.