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The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List recognised influential 'LGBT people' in the UK, and was published every year from 2000 to 2013. In 2014 it was re-branded as the Rainbow List and that was held for two years.

Pink List 2000

The Pink List 2000 published in the Independent on Sunday on 6 August 2000, was the first of the IoS’s lists of the most prominent LGBT people in the UK, and contained 50 names (actually 49, or rather 48, since Nick Brown occurs twice).

"Thirty years ago, this list - which 'outs' no one and includes only the names of those happy, or willing, to participate - would have been an exercise in journalistic 'name and shame'. Those featured would, in many instances, have felt obliged to resign from their places of employment, or at least to consider their position."[1]

The list is in alphabetical order rather than numbered.

For the list of 48 people, see Category:Pink List 2000.

Pink List 2001

Pink List 2002

Pink List 2003

Pink List 2004

Pink List 2005

Pink List 2006

Top of the list in 2006 was Sir Ian McKellen.[2]

Pink List 2007

Top of the list in 2007 was Russell T Davies[3][4]

Pink List 2008

Top of the list in 2008 was Evan Davis[5]

As well as the top 101, there were separate lists of "Britain's glamour couples", "The view from abroad", "Young, gifted and gay", and "Unsung heroes".

For a list of the unsung heroes, see Category:Pink List 2008 Unsung heroes.

The "Glamour couples" were:

Pink List 2009

Top of the list in 2009 was Peter Mandelson.[6][7]

For a partial list, see Category:Pink List 2009

Pink List 2010

For 2010, the judges included Ben Bradshaw, Clare Balding, Ben Summerskill, Greg Barker, Jane Czyzselska, Paul Jenkins, Simon Milton and John Amaechi.[8]

As well as the Top 101 (apparently missing number 68) there were separate lists of non-UK people ("Another Country"), "National Treasures", and a "Rogues Gallery".

For a list of winners, see:

Pink List 2011

The Pink List 2011 was published in the Independent on Sunday on 23 October 2011.[9] As well as the Top 101 there were separate categories for "National Treasures", "Non-LGBT friends" and "Lifetime achievement award".

Top of the list was Elly Barnes.

The most surprising omission in the 2011 List was Peter Tatchell. According to Hugh Muir in The Guardian this was because "the Post-it note with his name was shuffled into an incorrect pile and nobody noticed until it was too late".[10]

For the list of winners, see:

Pink List 2012

The Pink List 2012 was published in the Independent on Sunday on 4 November 2012. The judges included Elly Barnes, Campbell X, Jane Czyzselska, Paris Lees, Ben Summerskill and Margaret Unwin.

As well as the Top 101[11] there was a separate category for "Lifetime Achievement Awards"[12] and a separate list for "Journalists".[13]

Top of the list was Nicola Adams.

For the people included, see:

Pink List 2013

The Pink List 2013 was published by the Independent on Sunday on 13 October 2013. The judges included Heather Peace, Christine Burns, Kim Watson and Ben Summerskill.

"When the first Pink List was published in 2000, it was essentially a list of 50 influential people who were brave enough to be “out”. This year we received more than 1,300 nominations and had to reduce thousands of potential contenders to just 101. The judges decided that a Pink List contender can no longer simply be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and famous. They need to make a difference."[14]

Paris Lees came top of the list, with Clare Balding and Peter Tatchell in joint second place. As well as the Top 100, there were separate lists for "The Judges"[15], "National treasures",[16] "Politicians",[17] "Ones to watch",[18] and "Friends to LGBT people".[19]

There were considerably more trans people in the lists than in previous years.[20]

Stephen Fry criticised the list in 2010 for its portrayal of Louie Spence as a "gay stereotype", whose 15 minutes of fame was already running out.[21].

The list was also criticised as being unsystematic in its compilation. The Huffington Post columnist "The Guyliner" complained of the 2012 list that "[n]o complicated formulae accompany any piece about the list to tell you how this influence is calculated", and that "it is nothing more than an inventory of names" [22].

For the people included, see:


  1. Pink List 2000
  2. Pink List 2006
  3. NewNowNext
  4. Pink List 2007 [broken link]
  5. Pink List 2008
  6. Pink List 2009 general article
  7. Pink List 2009 link to pictures
  8. Pink List 2010
  9. Pink List 2011
  10. The Guardian
  11. Pink List 2012
  12. Pink List 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards
  13. Pink List 2012 Journalists
  14. Pink List 2013
  15. Pink LIst 2013 Judges
  16. Pink List 2013 National Treasures
  17. Pink List 2013 Politicians
  18. Pink List 2013 Ones to watch
  19. Pink List 2013 Friends to LGBT people
  20. "This year’s Pink List and All About Trans" All About Trans, 14 October2013
  21. "Stephen Fry attacks Independent on Sunday's Pink List for 'sneering' at Louie Spence". Pink News. 11 August 2010. Fry later stated that he had been told that the section in which Spence appeared, the "Rogue's Gallery", had been written separately by a journalist "without the deliberators' knowledge or consent"
  22. The Guyliner (4 November 2012). "Why the Independent's Pink List Makes Me See Red". The Huffington Post