WORLD PRIDE POWER LIST (11 - 50 – 2012)
11. Angela Eagle
This well-respected Labour politician has been MP for Wallasey since 1992. A minister under the Blair/Brown governments, Eagle was recently appointed shadow leader of the House of Commons when Ed Miliband reshuffled his shadow cabinet.
12. Don Lemon
US broadcast journalist
Lemon is author of Transparent, a memoir in which he wrote movingly about racism, homophobia and sexual abuse. He is currently working for CNN.
13. John Berry
Director, US OPM
As the director of the US Office of Personnel Management, Berry is responsible for the US federal government's 1.9 million employees. He is the highest-ranking gay official in the Obama administration – and in US history.
14. Billie Jean King
Former US tennis player
King was the first prominent professional athlete to come out as a lesbian. She is the founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis. In 2009 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her LGBT rights advocacy.
15. Charlie Condou
Father of two and champion of gay parenting, Condou is best known for his role in Coronation Street as Marcus Dent, lover of Sean Tully, played by Antony Cotton. The programme carried the first soap storyline of same-sex parenting. Condou also has a regular column in the Guardian, The Three Of Us, where he writes about co-parenting with his partner, Cameron, and their friend Catherine.
16. Michael Cashman
Recently voted MEP of the year for justice and fundamental rights by his peers. Cashman, a co-founder of Stonewall, was an actor and is best known for his role as Colin in EastEnders, who was involved in the first gay kiss on a British soap. He registered his civil partnership with Paul Cottingham in 2006.
17. Peter Tatchell
A lifelong LGBT activist and agitator for equal rights, Tatchell tried a citizen's arrest on Robert Mugabe twice and was beaten up for his efforts. He received similar treatment from neo-Nazis when supporting the Gay Pride march in Moscow. He has stood as a candidate for the Labour and the Green parties.
18. Jane Hill
Presenter and BBC newsreader Hill was outed by the press after she referred to her girlfriend in an in-house BBC magazine. She has worked on many high-profile stories, including the inauguration of Barack Obama. Hill recently presented the European diversity awards.
19. Chaz Bono
Bono, child of superstars Sonny and Cher, underwent gender reassignment in 2010 and is now a transgender advocate and campaigner against the US Defense of Marriage Act. The documentary Becoming Chaz followed his reassignment. Bono was the first transgendered person to appear on US TV show Dancing with the Stars.
20. Elio Di Rupo
As well as being an openly gay leader in the European Union, Di Rupo is also the first Belgian prime minister of non-Walloon or Flemish descent and represents a massive change in the country's history.
21. Jóhanna Siguroardóttir
Siguroardóttir is the world's first lesbian premier. She has two children from a previous marriage but is now married to her female partner. Her government banned strip clubs and she is quoted as saying: "Nordic countries are leading the way on women's equality, recognising women as equal citizens rather than commodities for sale."
22. Mark Palmer-Edgcumbe
Head of diversity, Google
Palmer-Edgcumbe is an LGBT champion involved in Google's Legalise Love campaign, which is aimed at countries where homosexuality is illegal. He is a trustee of the Kaleidoscope Trust and founder of The Inclusive Foundation, which supports LGBT youth in the UK. He also writes a diversity column for the Guardian.
23. Mary Kay Henry
US union activist
Henry was the first woman to lead the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She is dedicated to improving rights for LGBT people within unions and at work. Henry is co-founder of SEIU's Lavender caucus, a gay and lesbian group within the international union.
24. Emil Wilbekin
Wilbekin was editor-in-chief at Vibe magazine before he became editorial director/vice-president of brand development for Vibe Ventures. Known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of urban entertainment, Wilbekin became managing editor of lifestyle site Essence.com in 2009.
25. Gareth Thomas
Former Welsh rugby captain
Thomas is one of the few sports stars to be openly gay. He is an advocate for LGBT rights in sport and supports many charities, including ChildLine. He received Stonewall's hero of the year award in 2010.
26. Graham Norton
TV and radio presenter
Norton is an award-winning BBC presenter whose outrageous questioning style has endeared him to straight and gay audiences alike. His verbal fluency is showcased on Radio 4's Just a Minute.
27. Sabrina McKenna
Justice supreme court of Hawaii
MacKenna is the first openly gay judge to serve on the Hawaii supreme court. She is one of six openly LGBT supreme court justices in the United States. McKenna and her partner Denise have three children.
28. Sue Perkins
Comedian, radio and TV presenter
Perkins began her career as half of double-act Mel and Sue on Channel 4's daytime show Light Lunch. She has written for French and Saunders and Ab Fab, as well as countless radio series. In 2008, Perkins conducted the BBC's Concert Orchestra in Hyde Park during the Last Night of the Proms after winning the BBC's Maestro competition.
29. Marci Bowers
Bowers has delivered more than 2,000 babies. She is also a pioneer in transgender surgery, being the first transsexual woman to perform sex reassignment. Before Bowers transitioned, she married and fathered three children. She still lives with her spouse.
30. Laura Doughty
Deputy CEO, Stonewall
Doughty has been instrumental in encouraging more lesbian involvement in Stonewall, and was a driving force behind the organisation's hugely successful 2012 London bus marketing campaign, Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! She is a columnist for leading lesbian magazine g3 and was runner-up in g3's reader awards for campaigner of the year.
31. Liz Bingham
Managing partner, Ernst & Young
As managing partner (of people and talent), Bingham is seeking to put more women and diverse ethnicities in the boardroom. She is quoted as saying: "Women typically have an ambiguous relationship with authority and power."
32. Antony Cotton
Through playing the gay character Sean Tully in Coronation Street and taking a pivotal role in a breakthrough gay-parenting storyline with fellow actor Charlie Condou, Cotton has done much to break down prejudice among the show's massive UK audience.
33. Chris Bryant
Bryant has been MP for Rhondda since 2001. He is a former minister for Europe and parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He and his partner, Jared Cranney, had the first civil partnership ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament.
34. Liz Sayce OBE
CEO, Disability Rights UK
Sayce is one of the UK's foremost authorities on disability issues. She spent eight years as policy director of Mind and, in the US, studied the impact of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sayce has published many books on mental health, disability and social inclusion.
35. Neil Patrick Harris
Actor, musician, director
Best known for his role in Doogie Howser MD, the Emmy-award-winning Harris has also directed a production of Rent. He was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2010. Harris lives with his partner, David Burtka, and their two children.
36. Tom Ford
Fashion designer and film director
Feted for his success at Gucci, Ford went on to create his own Tom Ford label and recently directed the Oscar-nominated film A Single Man. He has a degree in architecture and has been with his partner, Richard Buckley, since 1986.
37. Ricky Martin
Martin has sold more than 30m albums worldwide. The global superstar and father of twin boys – born via a surrogate mother – came out in 2010. He is the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation, a non-profit charity that works to end human trafficking.
38. Tim Gill
Founder of Quark
Gill is involved in advocacy for LGBT rights through his Gill Action Fund. His philanthropic work concerns itself with ending prejudice and injustice against the gay community. Gill is married to Scott Miller and they live in Denver, Colorado.
39. Randi Weingarten
Weingarten is an educator and an attorney, as well as president of the American Federation of Teachers. She has spent her life as an advocate of workers' rights and her legal background has endowed her with formidable negotiating skills.
40. Stephen Twigg
Shadow secretary of state for education, Twigg came to prominence when he unseated Michael Portillo in Enfield Southgate in the 1997 general election. He is a former general secretary of the Labour-affiliated political thinktank the Fabian Society and was the first openly gay president of the National Union of Students.
41. Anna Grodzka
Publisher and film-maker Grodzka is a respected politician and Europe's first known transsexual MP. She underwent gender reassignment in 2010 and is a member of the progressive Palikot's Movement party in Poland, which also has an openly gay MP.
42. Chad Griffin
US political strategist
The rate of suicide among gay teens was the motivation for Griffin's LGBT rights advocacy. In 2009 he founded the non-profit organisation American Foundation for Equal Rights and was one of many executive producers of the 2009 documentary, Outrage.
43. Alice Walker
US activist and author
Pulitzer prize-winning author on race and gender, Walker found world fame with her critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple, for which she won the national book award. It was also made into a Hollywood film.
44. Anton Hysén
Hysén is an out gay footballer who plays in the Swedish third division for a club coached by his father. His two brothers are also footballers. Hysén came out in 2011 and is believed to be the only active professional footballer to do so since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
45. Sir Cameron Mackintosh
Mackintosh is famous for turning musicals such as Les Misérables and Cats into successful global theatrical productions. Openly gay, he is a patron of The Food Chain, a London-based HIV charity. He lives with his partner, photographer Michael Le Poer Trench.
46. Dee Rees
Writer and film maker
Rees directed Pariah, the story of a 17-year-old African-American coming to grips with her identity as a lesbian. This poignant, well-received film echoes Rees's own struggle with her sexuality and is considered inspirational material for those struggling to come out.
47. Sir Elton John
The rock singer-songwriter and global superstar tirelessly pours money and time into his Aids charity work. His son, Zachary, was born to a surrogate mum and John has suggested he plans to have another child with his partner, David Furnish.
48. Hope Powell CBE
England women's football coach
Powell is the first woman and out lesbian to obtain the top-level UEFA Pro Licence football coaching qualification. She has been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame and was honoured with an OBE in 2002 and a CBE in the 2010 birthday honours.
49. Jessie J
Jessie J came out as bisexual in 2011. The singer-songwriter and judge on The Voice found success despite having a stroke aged just 18 – but she has said her illness had improved her art.
50. Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale
O'Neale is a black American diversity professional, educator, business leader, motivator and professional speaker – and now an executive at Campbell's Soup. She is the author of 7 Keys 2 Success: Unlocking the Passion for Diversity, a practical roadmap to creating inclusive organisations.