The annual World Pride Power List – which honors the achievements of 100 influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people around the world – has named Nigeria’s first openly gay rights activist Bisi Alimi as one of the most influential gay people in the world.
Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate
To celebrate June as the Pride month, every year since 2012, Square Peg Media and Guardian newspaper release the list of the 100 most powerful LGBT around the world. This year’s World Pride Power List includes Russian and African activists, trans politicians, and CEOs of global companies.
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Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who achieved notoriety when he became the first Nigerian to come out of the closet on television. This is the gay activist’s first appearance on the list, and he debuts at Number 77 as the most influential gay person in the world.
He was listed in the “Independent on Sunday” Pink List of most influential LGBT people in Britain in 2011, 2012, 2013, peaking at number 90 in 2012. He also took the third place on the 100 most influential Non White Atheist and Free thinkers in Britain and Northern Ireland.
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On New Year’s day, 2014, he was named to The Gay UK LGBT 2014 honour list in recognition of his exemplary work to Education in the LGBT community and he has been nominated for an “Out In The City magazine’s” Diversity Champion of the Year Award. The Out In The City award is known as “UK LGBT Oscar”.
The top 10 most influential gay people on World Pride Power List include:
1. Laverne Cox, actor and activist
2. Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and TV presenter
3. Tom Daley, diver and TV presenter
4. Stephen Fry, polymath and TV presenter
5. Sir Ian McKellen, actor
6. Gok Wan, TV presenter
7. Clare Balding, TV presenter
8. Graham Norton, TV presenter
9. Elton John, musician
10. Anthony Watson, chief information officer, Nike