Variety’s 2018 New Power of New York List is out, with NBC late night host Seth Meyers gracing the cover. But inside the pages, LGBTQ performers and personalities have a strong presence on the top 50 list with investigative journalist extraordinaire Ronan Farrow leading the way.
Olympian Gus Kenworthy, the Queer Eye Fab Five, actor Zachary Quinto, drag queen and trans activist Peppermint, Pose star Billy Porter, and designer Christian Siriano are also recognized.
About Farrow, comedian Samantha Bee writes:
Frankly, without the work of journalists like Ronan Farrow, I couldn’t do my work. And so, thank you, Ronan. Watching you hold powerful people accountable with your impeccable journalism is a tonic for these dark times. Thank you for your laser focus and tenacity. For being a catalyst for change. For working in the service of others. And thank you for redirecting people’s praise toward the women who have trusted you with their stories, and giving them — and those on the byline with you — the full credit that they deserve. Brother, you’re a good egg.
Writer, producer, and actress Lena Waithe profiles Vanity Fair’s Radhika Jones in the issue.
“By putting someone who looks like me on the cover of Vanity Fair you said to the world: Women like me matter. Black women matter. Gay black women matter. Masculine-presenting black women matter,” Waithe writes.
On Quinto, his The Boys in the Band co-star Andrew Rannells writes:
“To know Zachary Quinto’s work is to know how strong and stoic he can be. How through his stillness, he can invoke intimidation and fear and power. To get to know Zach, the man off-screen, off-stage, is to know something different. He is still powerful and charming, and he can scare the hell out of you with one laser-like stare, but he’s also silly. There’s an impish quality to him that is unexpected and lovely and warm.”
Here’s the entire list.