The multi-talented actress and singer, who was number 10 on the
list last year, has written a call-to-arms for the Independent on
Sunday, saying: "The Pink List is important, because although
progression has been made legislatively and perception has shifted
in a more positive direction, not enough has really changed.
"There are still too few examples of happy, successful fulfilled
gay people in the public eye - on television, radio, in sport, or
even covered in broadsheet newspapers - that people can identify
with to help to frame their feelings."
Suggesting that the list of smart, talented, creative and
ambitious LGBT people can make all the difference for those who
experience homophobia and transphobia, Peace was passionate about
getting people to nominate their heroines and heroes for
consideration on the list.
Now in its twelfth year, the Independent on Sunday is asking
DIVA readers to nominate the people you think are the most
significant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women and men in
Previous nominees include Sue Perkins and Sir Ian McKellan -
well known celebrities and icons, and they have earned their place
on the list for their work and inspiration. But the list also
honours those in the community who work behind the scenes, those
who support us or campaign with little gain or acknowledgement.
Last year's list included Jessie J, Will Young and John
Barrowman, to name a few. It also included Elly Barnes, a music
teacher and diversity officer, who came in at number 1 reflecting
the growing number of extraordinary LGBTs who are not celebrities
but are equally important in their nomination and making the
Being LGB&T today is still tough. Despite great strides in
equality legislation, many people are still scared to come out, or
fear that being gay will hold them back professionally.
The list helps put into perspective everything we can achieve,
despite or in some cases because of our sexuality or gender. DIVA
editor, Jane Czyzselska, one of this year's judges, recognises the
importance of the list and how it represents our community.
"I'm honoured to be rejoining the panel of judges on the Pink
List this year because it celebrates both those in the public eye
who unfailingly promote and support the interests of the LGB&T
communities as well as those who are often invisible in the
mainstream media but whose work touches the lives of LGBTs and
others in a significant and positive way."
Editor of The Independent on Sunday, John Mullin, said: "The
Pink List has firmly established itself as the most definitive list
of influential and high-profile lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people in the UK. At The Independent on Sunday we have
a history of championing talent from all walks of life and are
excited about who will be making it onto this year's list".
Nominations are open now, until 28 October. Vote by
or vote online at www.independent.co.uk/pinklist2012.