The Independent on Sunday released its annual Pink List
yesterday, with Elly Barnes topping the 101-strong rundown.
Barnes, a teacher at London's Stoke Newington School, was
recognised for promoting anti-homophobic strategies around the
Speaking to DIVA, she said: "It's a wonderful honour to have all
the hours, sweat, tears, long conversations and sleepless nights
that have gone into finding the best and most positive solutions to
changing opinion recognised at a national level.
"The curriculum is key to an enlightened environment, thank you
for LGBT History Month and all the teachers who are using the tried
and tested strategies from my course 'Educate and Celebrate' -
success is our happy and safe out staff and students".
Broadcast advisor to the Prime Minister, Michael Salter, was
revealed as the second most influential person, for pushing gay
issues inside Downing Street and influencing support for gay
marriage at the recent Conservative Party Conference.
Openly bisexual singer-songwriter Jessie J was named at number
Jackie Crozier, who has led Manchester Pride for four years and
been a part for the organisation for six, featured as a 'new entry'
In response to making this year's list, she told DIVA: "I feel
extremely proud to have been chosen as a part of this list,
alongside entertainers, campaigners and artists who each contribute
so much to the LGBT community in their own way, and continue to
help us pursue equality.
"Congratulations to all those who made the list - it is a very
deserving group and I hope we can all continue on to do our bit for
Actress and singer Heather Peace said: "I'm thrilled to be a part
of this year's Pink List. I think it is important for LGBT people
who are often in the media to be out and proud, and to encourage
others to feel comfortable with who they are and strive to reach
their full potential. It is a responsibility and I think this list
is a great way of acknowledging the many men and women who do
Judging the entries this year were: Welsh rugby star Gareth
Thomas, who was awarded joint No. 1 position last year with Mary
Portas, the Queen of Shops, comedian Stephen K Amos and
Conservative MP Margot James.
DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska was also one of the judges.
The Top 10:
1. Elly Barnes, Teacher, trainer and diversity officer for Hackney
2. Michael Salter, Broadcast advisor to the Prime Minister
3. Jessie J, Singer-songwriter
4. Clare Balding, Presenter
5. Sue Perkins, Presenter
6. Evan Davis, Journalist
7. Anthony Cotton, Actor and Campaigner
8. Charlie Condou, Actor and Campaigner
9. Scott Mills, Radio DJ
10. Heather Peace, Actress and Singer
For the full list, visit