Time magazine described Bliss as “a global champion for equality” and “one of Ireland’s most prominent advocates for LGBT rights ahead of the country’s historic 2015 vote in favor of same-sex marriage.”
Panti Bliss, whose real name is Rory O’Neill, responded to the news on Twitter.
Haha! Clearly someone at Time is drunk, but suck it Mark Zuckerberg, JK Rowling and Aung San Suu Kyi! https://t.co/TDgrvqL8xD— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) March 24, 2016
Bliss told the Irish Voice last year: “It just finally occurred to me. Oh, I can actually get married here at home. You work so hard for something and then when it comes there’s a sort of slow realization that, wow, we did that. In Ireland now there’s no difference between the gays and anybody else. That’s still a sort of gob smacking sort of thought, isn’t it?”
Time’s prestigious annual list of the most influential people in the world, which was first published in 1999, is comprised of world leaders, artists, great minds, and “other icons of the moment” who are recognized as changing the world in some way.
Although Time’s editors will decide who makes the final cut for the official list, to be published on April 21, the magazine is asking the public to vote for their Reader’s Poll. The winner will be announced April 14.
Cast your vote in the Top 100 poll here.