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IoS Pink List 2012: Journalists

It seemed gauche to rank our colleagues and hated rivals in a list such as this, and wrong to have mere hacks taking up space in the top 101. So here, in their own separate press pen (they're used to it), are The Pink List's most influential journalists of 2012

Julie Bindel


A co-founder of Justice for Women, Bindel's campaigning journalism has made her a powerful voice on domestic violence and LGBT issues. Supports Arsenal and lives in Crouch End, her recent articles include: "Top 10 lesbian kisses of all time".

Matthew Cain

Culture editor, Channel 4

Spent 10 years making documentaries before stepping in front of the camera; now reports on arts news and fronts shows such as What Makes a Masterpiece?. First novel out in 2014.

Juliet Jacques

Transgender writer

Ex-footballer whose unflinching account of undergoing gender reassignment surgery this summer won her a loyal audience. Her blog was longlisted for last year's Orwell Prize; also writes for New Statesman and The Guardian.

Owen Jones

Columnist, The Independent

The Sheffield-born Oxford history graduate saw his book, Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class, top last year's political bestseller lists. Worked in politics before joining The Independent — and he's only 28.

Katherine O'Donnell

Journalist, The Times

As night editor of The Times in Scotland, the Edinburgh-based executive has the final say on the paper north of the border. She has helped promote transgender issues within and without the company.

Matthew Parris

Writer, The Times,

,When Zadie Smith said: "I would love to meet a nice, reasonable, intelligent Conservative who's a lovely person, but where are they?", Matthew Parris was put forward as fitting the bill. Married to Cameron's speechwriter Julian Glover, they live in Docklands, Derbyshire and Spain. Keeps llamas.

Andrew Pierce

Columnist, Daily Mail

Witty and waspish, the Mail's first openly gay columnist is an irrepressible force. Toes a conservative line on gay issues, with a typical headline starting: "Why I, as a gay man, disagree/disapprove …."

Darren Scott

Editor, Gay Times

Claims GT is the oldest gay lifestyle mag, and the best. Not to be confused with South African DJ, as he once was in a Twitter row. .

Patrick Strudwick


Award-winning journalist. Exposed "conversion therapists" who claimed they could turn gay people straight.

Matthew Todd

Editor, Attitude

Todd combines fun and glamour with a serious agenda. Now the go-to voice on equal-marriage legislation, he won't take any nonsense from hard-right Christians.

Gay Star News has won Stonewall's Publication of the Year 2012, just 11 months it was launched by directors Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn. It beat competition from The Evening Standard, DC Comics and Tatler.