When Adam Boland was the executive producer at 7's early morning show Sunrise, he helped propel the daily live broadcasts to become the top-rated breakfast show on Aussie TV.
Sunrise is still doing well, but Boland recently left the show to concentrate on other projects, and is now finding himself in-demand as one of the television industry's key players.
Boland has been upfront and honest about his gay sexual orientation, and in 2008 also opened up about his struggle with bipolar disorder, and his decision to get counselling for it rather than rely on mood-stabilising drugs.
When told about his appearance on our 25 list, Boland reflected on what being an out in Australian in 2011 means to him.
"I do believe Australia is becoming more tolerant," he told us. "But there's a difference between tolerance and acceptance. I think we must all use whatever influence we have to promote acceptance. So, be proud I am."
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.