Time Out has exclusively revealed the Pride Power list of the top 100 most influential gay and bisexual people in the UK.
The list was judged by Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill, Angela Eagle MP and Square Peg Media Managing Director Linda Riley.
The top 10 names are as follows:
1. Gareth Thomas
2. Sir Ian McKellen
3. Chris Smith
4. Sir Elton John
5. Hope Powell
6. Russell T.Davies
7. Clare Balding
8. Sarah Waters
9. Waheed Alli
10. Ben Bradshaw
Receiving news that he’d been awarded the top slot, rugby player Gareth Thomas said:
“I am really pleased and honoured to have been voted for. I try to do all my talking on the field. I feel that by being me in my sport, and by being allowed to be me in my sport, I am saying more to people and helping more than I could do with any words. I hope to continue to be a figure of acceptance for many years to come.”