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Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert lead OUT Power List

By Greg Hernandez

Ellen DeGeneres once again leads Out Magazine’s fourth annual top 50 power list of America’s most influential gay men and women.

Although Ellen finds herself back in pole position, many names have fallen or dropped out altogether (au revoir Rosie O’Donnell, for now), while others have rocketed up (Rich Ross, Tom Ford) as their successes warrant. And then there are those we never saw coming, such as one Adam Lambert, whose attention-grabbing run on American Idol was largely interpreted as a referendum on tolerance.

Not everyone, the editors say, has to be a Lambert fan to appreciate the power of his position to influence our cultural and social attitudes for the better—one of several factors taken into consideration when compiling this list. The others are political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile.

To read more go to GregInHollywood.com.


About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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  • April 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    love love love ellen, she is such a great role model. glad to see she topped the list again, well deserved!

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ellen and Adam are two positive and wonderful representatives of a community yes – the community of humankind! Congrats to both.

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam’ Lambert’s up front honesty, willingness to talk about who he is and personal confidence has truly facilitated changed the landscape in America. Yes it has brought out those who are prejudice in droves, but it has also started an important conversation in America. Hopefully people are starting to wake up to the fact that people are people and to dehumanize someone because of race, cred, color, or sexual orientation is ignorance and narrow mindedness. It is a hard leasson, but so important that we start to really understand our humanity.

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam and Ellen are gay…I breathe air everyday… pretty much normalcy all around (or it should be considered as such). Kudos to both.

  • April 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    Adam Lambert changed my perspectives about gays. Not sure if this means much to the LGBT community, but I do care about them a lot right now.

  • April 21, 2010 | Permalink |

    Ellen is a good judge, we will stop watching the show if Adam Lambert is a judge.

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