It has been another great year for MPG in the 2014 Independent on Sunday’s newly named Rainbow List published 9 November 2014, honoring the 101 most influential LGBT men and women of the year in the UK
Jane Cyzselska Editor of DIVA was listed at number 27 (five places higher than last year),again as the highest placed LGBT magazine editor. DIVA contributor Sarah Westwood was in 30th place and DIVA contributor Susan Calman was also honored at number 31. A new entry at 41 was Aderonkw Apata, LGBT asylum campaigner, who is featured in the December issue of DIVA out next week.
Darren Scott GT Editor leapt to 57th place. He was a new entry last year in 98th place. Gypsy Boy author and GT columnist Mikey Walsh was also honored at number as a new entry at 70.
At the business end Simon Topham CEO, was credited in 60th place after 21 years of top level management, of this business and the changes he has made to culture and direction of the company in the past year.
In response to the news Simon remarked, “ I am absolutely delighted to be recognized for the second year running in such an important year for LGBT rights and the gay business community. I’m also proud that our Editors, contributors and some business and charity partners have been recognized too”
With a 4400 strong public vote 2014 featured many new faces and so to make room for some new faces, some previously listed went into a power partnerships list this time. There was also a section for newcomers to watch out for and International influencers and straight allies were also credited.
Kim Watson Media Director, joined the Independent on Sunday’s editorial team on the panel of judges for the second year running, along with Strategic Equality and Inclusion professional Christine Burns, celebrities Jon Amaechi and Charlie Condou, Ben Bradshaw MP and political journalist Charlotte Henry.
See the full list here and various side bars: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/therainbowlist/rainbow-list-2014-1-to-100-9848457.html