50 Most Powerful Lesbians and Gays in America

LaRuelist Report|Jeannine LaRue

Not many will dispute the fact that public opinion toward gays and lesbians, specifically as it relates to same-sex marriage, has shifted at lightening speed in America.  In fact, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has found “support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period.”

Without question there has been a tidal wave of support for marriage equality as well as acceptance of gay lifestyles from very unlikely players.  Set aside the fact that a recent

Apple's CEO Tim Cook

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook

public opinion poll has found that those supporting same-sex marriage is now at 58%.

The range of recent supporters of gays and lesbians range the gamut from conservative politicians to corporate executives to religious leaders and scores of minority ethnic leaders despite the assumption that Black leaders would revolt against this community’s be granted basic civil rights.

And…on this point, this year’s Out Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Lesbians and Gays in America is full of some of this country’s most successful, brilliant business leaders, entertainers, and politicians.  The list kicks off with third-time pick Apple’s CEO Tim Cook  with 49 other giants, including Sony music executive Clive Davis, to the beloved CNN Journalist/TV Personality/Author Anderson Cooper  to the very candid and brilliant TV host/commentator Rachel Maddow to musician Frank Ocean  and TV Host/Author/Financial Advisor/Entrepreneur Suzie Orman.

As time goes on, more and more gays and lesbians will come out of the closet as the overwhelming majority of Americans stand up for justice for all as they’ve done with women resulting in the Women’s Suffrage Act and for Blacks bringing down the walls of slavery and enacting the Civil Rights Act.

To view Out’s full 50 Most Powerful Lesbians and Gays in America click here.

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