Olympic gold medal-winning Boxer, Nicola Adams, tops the Independent on Sunday’s 101 most influential Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender figures in the UK list.
Nominated by readers and finessed by a panel of judges, the list highlights LGBT heroes – whether they are in the public eye or unsung champions campaigning for progress and equality.
Those involved in London 2012 dominate the top slots in this year’s list.
“It’s amazing to be on the list of such an inspiring and influential people, 2012 continues to be a great year for me so thanks to everyone for their continued support”.
Clare Balding star of the BBC’s Olympic coverage came second.
Veteran human rights campaigner and founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Peter Tatchell, came third in recognition of his work campaigning to stop LGBT asylum seekers being deported to homophobic countries.
Battling through his allergy to horses and muscle weakness disease, Paralympic equestrian Lee Pearson was fourth and Olympic equestrian Carl Hester fifth.
In the Political sphere, Government Minister Greg Barker features at six and fellow Minister, David Laws MP, is also included in the top ten, following his return to Government after previously resigning over an expenses scandal. He comes in at ninth.
John Mullin, Editor of the Independent on Sunday, says:
“I am proud to announce the thirteenth annual Pink List, celebrating influential and high-profile lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK. The top ten reflects those who have helped truly inspired Britain over the past year”.
The top ten are as below:
1. Nicola Adams – Olympic Boxer
2. Clare Balding – TV Presenter
3. Peter Tatchell – Gay rights campaigner
4. Lee Pearson MBE – Paralympic Equestrian
5. Carl Hester – Olympic Equestrian
6. Greg Barker – Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change
7. Heather Pearce – Actress
8. Nick Grimshaw – Breakfast Radio Presenter
9. David Laws – Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office
10. Luke Anderson – Winner of Big Brother 13
The remainder of the list will be released on Sunday, November 4, 2012 in the Independent on Sunday.