Tim Cook & Ellen DeGeneres are most powerful LGBT people


Tim-Cook-and-Ellen-DeGeneres-are-most-powerful-LGBT-peopleThe openly gay CEO of Apple and a lesbian talk show host have been named as the two most powerful LGBT people.

OUT magazine’s annual list of the 50 most influential LGBT people in American culture placed Tim Cook in first place, followed by Ellen DeGeneres.

“…we take into account a variety of criteria: everything from someone’s political clout or visibility in the media to how they impact our economy and our view of the world,” explained OUT.

“It’s an impressive group of movers and shakers—and the changing look of the list indicates an expanding and inspiring sense of what it means to have power in 2016.”

Since coming out in 2014, Cook has become a vocal advocate for the LGBT community and a global role model as a gay achiever in business .

Apple itself has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, with the company taking part in Pride events, promoting workplace equality and publicly calling for same-sex marriage rights in the US.

Cook, 55, took over as CEO of the technology giant in August 2011, following the death of the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs.

Named as one of 2015’s most successful women in the world by Forbes, DeGeneres has also used her platform as a comedienne and host of her popular talk show to highlight issues affecting LGBT people.

She’s hosted the Academy and the Grammy Awards and has won 13 Emmys, 14 People’s Choice Awards, and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts. DeGeneres married her wife Portia de Rossi in 2008.

The top five in OUT’s most powerful list include news anchor Rachel Maddow in third place, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper in fourth and American Horror Story TV producer Ryan Murphy in fifth.

Check out the full list here.

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