Each year, Out Magazine ranks the 50 most powerful lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in America, calculating their public profiles and ability cultural influence; their impact through traditional outlets such as politics and business, along with an ability to harness social media and new forms of communication. RuPaul snatched the 49th spot in this year's 8th annual Power List, between Simon Halls & Stephen Huvane (Founders, Slate PR) and Chuck Wolfe (CEO, the Victory Fund). Check out what Out Magazine had to say about RuPaul:
By now, one would expect RuPaul to have passed the mantle of America’s Drag Queen Superstar to one of the six queens he has crowned on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but he has no plans to slow down. While he’s setting ratings records for Logo TV, he’s topping the dance charts with his sixth studio album, Born Naked, back as the face of MAC Cosmetics, and is partnering with ColorEvolution to launch his own makeup line. Someone should warn Tyra Banks—but it’s Oprah who should take notice.
Though we obviously think RuPaul should have snatched a higher spot, he's moving in the right direction. Last year was the first year RuPaul made it onto the list, coming in at #50.