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Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Cook, Rachel Maddow top Out's powerful gays list

Apr. 17, 2014 - , Ellen DeGeneres tops gay glossy Out's eighth annual Power 50 list.

The 56-year-old DeGeneres returned to the top spot in this year's list of most influential gay people, knocking out last year's champ Apple CEO Tim Cook.

"Everybody loves Ellen, and that's one of the reasons she's regained the top spot," Out editors wrote. "In March, The Ellen DeGeneres Show shattered its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately followed her Academy Awards hosting gig, which also gave the awards its best ratings since 2004. And her star-studded Oscars selfie almost shut down Twitter when the pic became the most retweeted ever."

This year, Cook traded places with DeGeneres, who was named second most influential last year.

MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow received a third place finish.

In fourth place was Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. And journalist Glenn Greenwald rounded out the top 5.

JoeMyGod noted the unusual absence of last year's #21 ranked Matt Drudge: "Since there's no obvious reason for Drudge to completely fall off the list in one year, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody got a cease-and-desist letter."

Also missing from the list is Fox News' Shepard Smith, a staple of previous years.

WATCH: Sprint employee calls customer 'gay', 'sissyboy'
Apr. 18, 2014 - , A former Sprint customer says a service representative sent him an email addressing him as "gay" and "sissyboy."

Kelvin Matthews of Chicago told WMAQ-TV that while trying to deal with an account issue on Sunday, he received an email from Sprint customer service that was addressed to "Sissyboy Kelvin Gay Matthews."

That email was supposed to help him reset his password, but instead carried what was intended to be a degrading message.  

"I expressed my concerns to them and how serious this is to me and my wife," Mathews said. "I don't live a homosexual life, I never gave Sprint anything to go on and think that, and even if I did I don't think it would be fair to say this on my account."

Sprint has apologized to Matthews and offered a new account with a free iPhone and two months of complementary service. Matthews said he won't be returning to Sprint. 

Statue stolen from HBHC Peace Garden again
Apr. 15, 2014 - , A statue commemorating the late Mary York, the lesbian attorney and community activist who died of cancer in 2008, has been stolen from the Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) Peace Garden.

York, who had been the president of the Board of Directors for the Lesbian Community Care Project, died the same year as Lisa Tonna. Both women had been beloved in the community, and the Peace Garden was designed to honor their legacy as well as provide a quiet, reflective place for patients and passersby.

That sense of peace has been wrecked yet again with this recent theft—the second since 2009, when it first went missing for a while. Barbara Tieder, HBHC's vice president of development and communications, told Windy City Times that the theft was noticed on the morning of April 7. This means it was probably stolen sometime between late Saturday evening (April 5) and Sunday (April 6), when the clinic is closed.

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