Lists run the gamut from the ones people clamour to be on - Schindler's, Santa Claus's - to those that send a shudder down the spine - Senator McCarthy's, anything the HSE ever came up with. Where does a gay power list come into this. We're not that far away from a time when being gay was something of which people were ashamed. Have we really come so far that we can celebrate a group of gay people for their success. Or is the notion of a gay power list in dubious taste. For a short-attention-span generation, flicking distractedly from Netflix to news, lists also let us know where exactly we're at - how many billions shy of Hilary Weston our bank accounts are. For LIFE's list, we defined power as influence in society, the ability to change opinions, the person before whom a restaurant maitre d' might most quake, should they demand a table. What stood out above all about the list was the sheer number of prominent Irish people who are now out. If we based this list on the incidence of homosexuality in the general population, this list should only constitute about 10pc of the influence in the country. What makes this list more timely is that this supernova of influence is a relatively recent phenomenon.
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