Tony Blair named as top gay icon

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been named one of the top gay icons of the past 30 years by Gay Times magazine.

The list of the most influential people to the LGBT community also includes Sir Ian McKellen, Michael Cashman, Boy George, Barbra Streisand and Conchita Wurst.

Blair's time in office saw an equalisation of the age of consent and the repeal of Section 28 which banned the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.

"It's something I'm very proud of," he told the magazine. "I consider it a significant part of my legacy. I remember Section 28, that was pretty nasty.

"It created a very ugly atmosphere in society — as I was growing up in politics, I disliked the hypocrisy where people had to conceal their own identity. And I saw the pain that they had in their own lives, because they couldn't be who they were."

Gay Times editor Darren Scott said that Blair's contribution to LGBT rights had been "undeniable".

"Wherever you stand politically, you'd be hard pushed to deny what Tony Blair and his government did for the LGBT community," he said.