Munroe Bergdorf. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
A kaleidoscopic array of LGBT+ community leaders, charity heads, journalists, celebrities, television presenters, activists, lawmakers, bloggers, healthcare advocates and more were honoured Saturday (July 11) in a list of people making seismic changes in queer rights.
Oh, and also making the list at number 40 was PinkNews‘ own web editor, Ryan John Butcher. Not to brag or anything.
The 2020 Pride Power List, published by DIVA Magazine, is an annual ranking that recognises 100 of the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK. Topping the list at number one was Ben Hunte, the BBC’s first-ever LGBT+ news correspondent.
Munroe Bergdorf nominated as one of the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK.
Campaigning lodestar Peter Tatchell ranked second, while doctor Ranj Singh came third.
UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, trans activist Munroe Bergdorf, Pride in London co-chair Alison Camps, House of Lords member Michael Cashman, former rugby player Gareth Thomas and trans couple Hannah and Jake Graf completed the top ten.
Indeed, those making the top 10 reflected a Britain whose rich undergrowth of activists are increasingly calling on Black and trans voices to be better centred, listened to and amplified.
At a time where trans rights are hurtling backwards and the UK reckons with its brutal and lucrative history of anti-Blackness, DIVA publisher Linda Riley explained how the Pride Power List, in its eight-year-long history, has changed over time.
I am absolutely delighted that despite the unprecedented and tragic circumstances that have resulted from the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we are still able to publish the 10th annual Pride Power List,” she said in a press release.
“Ten years ago it was hard to make a list of 100 prominent and out members of the LGBTQI community – now in 2020 the list receives 1000s of nominations.”
Queer actor Jameela Jamil also made the list, as well as lawmaker Ruth Hunt, presenter Stephen Fry and disability rights campaigner Liz Carr.
Musician and professional twink Olly Alexander, British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, HIV advocate Matthew Hodson, cook Jack Monroe and Drag Race UK finalist Divina De Camo capped off the list.