Introducing DIVA magazine inaugural celebration of the LGBTI+ people who make a real difference.
The power list is acknowledgement of the achievements of 100 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain voted for by you.
Thousands of public nominations came in via an online voting form. It’s fair to say, the competition has never been stronger.
The list recognises the people who have paved the way for LGBTI equality and celebrates those actively working to raise visibility and change lives.
Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams told us: “I feel honoured and humbled that DIVA readers have chosen me as their most inspirational person. I really hope that after becoming a double Olympic champion, I can continue to inspire people all over the world to take part in sport and know that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it.”
DIVA columnists Heather Peace, Jack Monroe, Vicky Beeching, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Jane Hill and Sophie Ward all made the top 20.
“I’m honoured to have been voted so high on the list and amongst company that I find inspiring,” Heather says. “I don’t feel that I necessarily try in any way. I’m lucky to be in a job that I love and to have a supportive partner and a wonderful daughter. If my visibility as a lesbian, married, working mother is a help to anyone then that’s a huge compliment. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. It means so much.”
Linda Riley, co-publisher of DIVA, added: “I am delighted to see the DIVA readers vote on our Inaugural Top 100 Lesbian/Bi power list – the range of the choices were just so diverse , the Top 10 was an amazing range, I think Nicola Adams wining her second Gold at the Olympics makes her such a well deserved no 1 and to see Inspirational Role Models such as Jack Monroe, Clare Balding, nd Heather Peace all making the Top 10 just proves how highly regarded they all are.
“At one point in the voting we were getting so many nominations that our server crashed which although caused us massive problems internally we were actually quite proud of! If there are people not on the list that you feel deserve to be, get ready to nominate them!”
Congratulations to all who made the list and all the nominees who did not. You all make Britain a better place.
And why another list you may ask? Because, while OutNews Global readers may be great supporters who campaign for equality for all, unfortunately, some people still need reminding.
The DIVA Power List:
01 Nicola Adams
02 Clare Balding
03 Heather Peace
04 Vicky Beeching
05 & 06 Rosie Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton
07 Jack Monroe
08 Lucy Spraggan
09 Sue Perkins
10 Claire Harvey
11 Ruth Hunt
12 Munroe Bergdorf
13 Jane Hill
14 Sophie Ward
15 Ruby Tandoh
16 Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
17 Cara Delevingne
18 Riley Carter Millington
19 & 20 Helen and Katie Richardson-Walsh
The full article can be found in DIVA magazine.