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OUT Power list is led by Ellen, Adam Lambert, Wanda Sykes, Neil Patrick Harris, and Rachel Maddow says nice gals finish last?

Ellen DeGeneres once again leads Out Magazine’s fourth annual top 50 power list of America’s most influential gay men and women.

Although Ellen finds herself back in pole position, many names have fallen or dropped out altogether (au revoir Rosie O’Donnell, for now), while others have rocketed up (Rich Ross, Tom Ford) as their successes warrant. And then there are those we never saw coming, such as one Adam Lambert, whose attention-grabbing run on American Idol was largely interpreted as a referendum on tolerance.

Not everyone, the editors say, has to be a Lambert fan to appreciate the power of his position to influence our cultural and social attitudes for the better—one of several factors taken into consideration when compiling this list. The others are political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile.

POWERFUL LIST: Here are some of the other names on the list: Barney Frank (2), Anderson Cooper (3), Rachel Maddow (4), Adam Lambert (5), Neil Patrick Harris (7), Tom Ford (13), Lee Daniels (25) Perez Hilton (26), Suze Orman (27), Dan Choi (28), Chad Griffin (29), Dustin Lance Black (30), Wanda Sykes (36), Jodie Foster (41), Gus Van Sant (43), Tim Gunn (47).

Go to to see the complete list and to see the bios. When you read Neil Patrick Harris, it states he hosted the Emmys, Tonys and the Oscars. NPH performed at the Academy Awards but the hosts were Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.



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