Browsing through The Independent on Sunday online, I was surprised to see “the pink list”, the 101 most influential gay men and women in the UK. In an age of diversity that increasingly is moving past attaching labels to people (particularly when the labels court controversy and prejudice) I was a bit surprised that The IoS thought is wise and worthy to run such a list.
But in the spirit of trying to look for the positive rather than the usual blog-biting negativity, I wondered some more.
The Anglican Communion’s ongoing struggle with homosexuality and homophobia is captured across in William Crawley’s Will & Testament blog.
But as The Independent on Sunday explains, there is
"... a clear indication that, from business to the arts, gay people are finally being accepted without prejudice.Amongst the list are many familiar and unsurprising names you’ll recognise from the world of showbiz and politics.
Each year, to chart the progress of this move to equality, The Independent on Sunday publishes its Pink List, a celebration of the country's most influential gay men and women. A few years ago we ran 20 names, some of whom needed persuading to appear. This year we had to choose from the hundreds of suggestions. And let's make it clear, all the people on this list are leaders in their own fields; nobody is featured here just because of their sexuality.
That doesn't mean that gays and lesbians don't face more battles - equality in schools for a start - but this is a moment to mark the progress made, and we thank all those who appear here."
But there are others whose names you will recognise but mightn’t have as readily labelled as they are better known for their jobs and contribution to society than their private lives – surely proof that sexuality isn’t the most important characteristic of a person.
So as you flick down the list this year or next, expect to see the chairman of an international airline based in the UK, the screenwriter who has brought us the revival of Doctor Who, a judge, a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy.
So the pink list may be worth its column inches to provide a signpost to some tender shoots of inclusivity and lack of prejudice.