Politico’s new European list, based on their similar U.S. list, is their “version of the ‘chapeau’ or ‘hats-off’ magazine in which [they] acknowledge women and men of consequence, those who caught [their] attention this year and bear watching closely into the next.” Each person on the list is considered to be “shaping, shaking and stirring Europe.”
Panti Bliss, alternatively known as Rory O’Neill, has been named in this year’s EU list for her outstanding activism against social conservatism in Ireland, a country with a deep Catholic history. Following a late night talk show scandal and Panti’s amazing 10-minute response follow-up speech (watch below), homophobia in Ireland was forced to the forefront of media conversations. As the conversation grew, so too did Panti’s popularity and influence.
In May, Panti used her growing voice to help pass Ireland’s gay marriage referendum, a feat that made international headlines and helped land her a well-deserved #12 place on the Policito 28.
Panti tweeted her response to being selected last week, saying, “There I am, “shaking” Europe #12. (Though my corset is doing the “shaping”).”
For her next challenge, Panti plans to bring the fight for LGBT rights outside Ireland. “Is Putin ready for a Russian drag queen extraordinaire?”, Politico asks.