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Ellen DeGeneres Tops LGBT List

By Charlotte Robinson, April 16, 2014

OUT Magazine announced its 8th Annual Power 50 list ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. Ellen DeGeneres who was number 2 last year returned to the top spot on the list. The list examines those who have power, how they wield it & how it influences our culture. OUT’s Power 50 contains a diverse mix of businesspeople, entertainers, politicians & activists. Tim Cook, Rachel Maddow & Senator Tammy Baldwin are in the top 5. Newcomers Michael Sam & Robin Roberts who becomes the first woman of color in the top 10, are in the top ten with Jennifer Pritzker, the granddaughter to the founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, becomes the first transgender person on the list. With DeGeneres’ talk show shattering its own 10-year ratings record in March, DeGeneres went on to host the highest-rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade & almost shut down Twitter with her star-studded Oscar selfie. Other first-timers in the top 10 include football player Michael Sam and TV host Robin Roberts, who becomes the first woman of color in the top 10. Other notable Power 50 rookies include news anchor Don Lemon (No. 27), actress Ellen Page (No. 29), basketball player Brittney Griner (No. 31) People & Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle (No. 33) & lawyer Roberta Kaplan (No. 47).
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