And quite right too. We salute him, with more than one body part.
Also in the top ten are Sir Ian McKellen, Chris Smith MP, Sir Elton John, some lady football coach who no one has ever heard of, Russell T. Davies, Clare Balding, Sarah Waters (who we don’t get but maybe that’s just us: that Little Stranger book was utter cobblers), Lord Waheed Alli and Ben Bradshaw MP, he of the floppy hair.
And then it all goes to pieces. Ben Summerskill, leader of Stonewall, the organisation that has arguably done most for gay rights, the man who stalks the corridors of power and pushed campaigns such as Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!, doesn’t even feature. Gok Wan, the man who patronises fat ladies for a living, is at 11. Mary Portas, who is not only on telly but is supposedly working with the government on regeneration, doesn’t figure at all.
Time Out’s gay editor, Paul Burston *waves* comes in at 24, a good 12 places ahead of Her Majesty’s BBC’s Evan Davis and The Independent’s Johann Hari, and thirty places ahead of Stephen Fry! Nepotism, schnepotism, bumming…
In other shock revelations Sandi Toksvig, surely the highest profile and best-loved lesbian in the land, is only 79, while Basil Brush doesn’t even make the list!
It’s what is known in the business as a whole load of bollocks. Apart from Gaz and his dominant ginger gene.