Appearing on the Same Same 25 list for the second year in a row, 23 year-old Ruby Rose is arguably the most recognisable lesbian in the country, and she is certainly one of the most outspoken.
With a fresh upbeat confidence, Ruby Rose is unapologetically herself. “I think what the public appreciated was the honesty,” Ruby told us upon making the list for the first time last year. “People liked that I came out straight away and didn’t hide it at all - it sent the message that there is nothing to hide when it comes to sexuality.”
As an MTV VJ, Ruby is blasted into the homes of millions of Australians every day, and in 2009 has worked tirelessly on and off screen, including regular gigs on Ten’s ‘7pm Project’, Foxtel’s ‘Australia’s Next Top Model’, ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation’ and has spawned a side career as one of Australia’s most in demand celebrity DJs. Rose’s popularity is not restricted to the gay and lesbian community either, taking out the ASTRA Award for Favourite Female Personality in 2009.
As a role model, you can’t get them any better than Ruby Rose: straight forward, honest and lovable. With the admiration of all of Australia – straight, gay and in between – Ruby joins a select group of people to sit on the Same Same 25 for more than one year.
The Same Same 25 is an annual celebration of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians. They are publicly nominated, and chosen by a panel of community leaders.
For the past two years, the announcement of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians has attracted widespread national media attention and focused on the achievements and influence of a varied and inspirational group of people.