“…It’s no surprise, then, that two of our 10 10 [sic] names this year are new entries. Or that one — Apple’s Tim Cook — rockets to the top of the list.”
It’s Out’s list of the 50 most powerful gay and lesbian people, where “TV and the internet remain fertile ground for LGBT talent and power to flourish.” Great. Skimming it, I see that Out has some LGBT talent on their list who aren’t actually out: #3 Anderson Cooper, #6 Shepard Smith, #8 Barry Diller, #39 Matt Drudge, #46 Jodie Foster. Not a big deal since no one who regularly reads Out (if such people exist) is going to gasp at the implication that Jodie Foster is a lesbian. But assuming this list means something to the gays or people who read gay print magazines (again, if they exist), why not celebrate five people who are powerful despite being openly gay and not powerful because they were able to get away with not publicly acknowledging that they are gay? And isn’t it a thing now that if you out someone, they could kill themselves? Hope everyone is OK.
There’s also the shaky moral ground of outing someone who isn’t exactly a household name (e.g., Shepard Smith) and who may not be comfortable with his or her sexuality being a topic of conversation for the entire world (or, haha, the people who read Out magazine), but Out doesn’t have a problem with outing people or celebrating other people who do the same thing, I guess. Perez Hilton is #20 on the list.
Also, there are no “T”s (trannies) on the list of powerful LGBTs, which should make GLAAD mad, and Out’s copy editor fails at math as well as grammar as the “Power 50” list has 53 names on it. [Out]