Ellen DeGeneres is no longer the most powerful gay person,
according to Out magazine, which
named Apple CEO Tim Cook number one on its ninth annual power list.
The magazine ranks how effectively LGBT voices wield power in
the worlds of Hollywood, business and politics. This year’s list contains a
diverse mix of TV personalities, activists, a CEO, and a drag queen.
Cook made headlines last year when he came out in an op-ed
for Business Insider becoming the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500, which
pushed him back into the top spot.
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While DeGeneres slid to number two, the comedian continues to
be a juggernaut on television, producing several new sitcoms, an HGTV
competition, in addition to her long-running daytime talk show.
Joining the list this year is Laverne Cox, who debuts at
number nine, is the first transgender person to land in the top 10. The
Emmy-nominated actress continues to expand her presence in Hollywood with guest
appearances on MTV’s Faking It and
Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Getting
Divorced and a leading role in a CBS pilot.
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She wasn’t the only newcomer. Sia (no. 16), Zachary Quinto (no.
17), director Lee Daniels (no. 28), and activist Larry Kramer (no. 33) all
joined the list this year.
Andy Cohen rounded out the top 10 thanks to the growing
success of Watch What Happens Live
and the never-ending Real Housewives
franchise while Neil Patrick Harris landed at no. 15.
Check out the complete list at Out.com.
Watch as Cox talks about her historic Emmy nomination, which she earned for her role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black.