While lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans and intersex people are more visible than they were25 years ago – whether that’s within the realm of business, politics, the arts, the media, sport or anywhere else – in some circles, their voices remain marginalised, and their life experiences dismissed. Too many from our community have to work harder to smash through stereotypes and glass ceilings.
The Pride Power List, published by DIVA Media Group each year, celebrates those powerful, dedicated and wonderful people within the LGBTQI community. The people who do everything in their power to make LGBTQI life that little bit brighter.
The list comprises publicly nominated LGBTQI individuals who have made a difference over the past 12 months whether it’s through hours of campaigning, speaking at international events or writing for publications across the globe.
Topping the list this year are huge LGBTQI names including Ben Hunte, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Munroe Bergdorf, Michael Cashman CBE and Jake and Hannah Graf.
The Power Couples section includes the likes of Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson, as well as Rylan and Dan Clark-Neal.
Corporate Allies such as CEO of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, TSB’s Pete Markey, and Viacom’s Wincie Knight, and Celebrity Allies such as Denise Welch and Sadiq Khan, also made the 2020 list.
Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes are on the rise, Twitter is often a cesspool of gay hatred and parents are openly objecting to their children being taught that not all relationships involve one man and one woman.
Linda Riley, DIVA publisher said: “I am absolutely delighted that despite the unprecedented and tragic circumstances that have resulted from the current Covid-19 pandemic, we are still able to publish the 10th annual Pride Power List. Ten years ago it was hard to make a list of 100 prominent and out members of the LGBTQI community now in 2020 the list receives 1000’s of nominations.”
The Pride Power List 2020 is published by DIVA Media Group today, Friday 10 July 2020, in The Guardian.