Ellen is top gay celebrity

US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay celebrity by an American magazine.

The comedienne, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, came second to politician Barney Frank but was the top showbiz star on the list.

Actress Jodie Foster and comic Rosie O'Donnell were also honoured in the third annual Top 50 rundown by US publication Out, coming 36th and 42nd respectively.

Milk director Gus Van Sant was 14th, 'Sex and the City' writer Michael Patrick King came 29th, and fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford were handed 15th and 38th places in the lineup.

The list is determined by political clout, cultural resonance, individual wealth and current personal profile.

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