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PRIDE POWER LIST 2016

Welcome to the Pride Power List 2016, sponsored by BNP Paribas, nominated by members of the public and encompassing those fighting for equality.


This year’s list includes non-binary activists, politicians, CEOs of global companies and for the first time, YouTubers. Those in our top ten may already be well-known to you, but there are many on the list who are unknown outside of their immediate community. At a time when the worst violence in recent history has been perpetrated against our community, we must remember that even coming out is still an act of bravery. So we celebrate those people on this list. We celebrate each act of bravery that takes place across the LGBT+ community and encourage every single person to be inspired in the fight for equality.





1 Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE

Actor and LGBT rights advocate

@IanMcKellen

Widely regarded as one of the world’s best actors, Sir Ian McKellen is twice Oscar nominated and the recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US. Since coming out on BBC Radio in 1988, he has become one of the UK’s greatest spokespeople for the LGBT community. He was a co-founder of LGBT rights organisation, Stonewall, and is a patron of many charities including FFLAG, GAY-GLOS, LGBT History Month; Oxford Pride; Pride London; The Albert Kennedy Trust and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.



2 Stephen Fry

Actor, presenter, writer, comedian and activist

#stephenfry



Regarded as one of the most outspoken celebrities on LGBT rights, Fry has used his presence on social media to comment on matters from equal marriage, to the Sochi Olympics and the boycotting of the Dorchester Hotel. In 2013, he presented a two-part documentary for BBC Two, Stephen Fry: Out There, in which he travelled the world to look at the lives of gay people in different parts of the globe, from Russia, to India.





3 Munroe Bergdorf

DJ, activist and feminist

@MunroeBergdorf



Transgender model and DJ, Bergdorf, has been featured in a national advertising campaign for Uniqlo. Bergdorf was named Marie Claire’s New Beauty Icon in their Redefining Beauty feature and as one of ES Magazine’s New Feminist Icons. She’s featured in a BBC viral video Things Not To Say To A Trans Person and the CNN documentary My Transgender Life. Bergdorf regularly donates her time to trans youth charities and Stonewall.





4 Claire Harvey

Senior Consultant, KPMG and Paralympian

@harveysprout



GB Sitting Volleyball Paralympic champion and Cambridge graduate, Harvey, has been heavily involved in diversity youth sports. In 2014 she led the government’s LGBT sports charter steering group and was appointed Changing Lives Champion at the Youth Sports Trust charity, she also became a patron of Just A Ball Game? – a charity which aims to challenge homophobia in sport. Since being thrown into the media spotlight, Harvey has been an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights.




5 Angela Eagle

First Shadow Secretary of State, Labour Party

@angelaeagle



Eagle was the first minister to come out as lesbian in 1997, and has been an active and successful champion of LGBT rights in parliament ever since, helping to push through key pieces of legislation for LGBT equality. As Shadow First Secretary of State, Eagle is the Labour’s most powerful out politician, and in 2015, she became the first LGBT MP to front Prime Minister’s questions. She is a patron of Just A Ball Game?, Liverpool Pride and the British Humanist Association.




6 Lord Cashman CBE

Labour peer and LGBT rights advocate

@mcashmanCBE



Before Labour peer, Lord Cashman became a founder of gay rights charity Stonewall, he made history as one half of the first gay kiss on mainstream British television, in EastEnders in 1987. His career as an actor came to an end when he moved into politics and served as an MEP for 15 years. In 2014 he took the Rainbow List’s number one spot as the most influential LGBT person in the UK. In 2015 Lord Cashman became Labour’s special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide. He continues to support LGBT rights and charities on a daily basis, making a genuine and tangible difference to the lives of many people.



7 Alan Carr

Comedian and television personality

@chattyman



Chatty Man presenter, Carr, has been hosting his own comedy show since 2009. Seven years of being out and proud on the television screens of the British public has seen him effect positive change on everyday perceptions of LGBT people. Carr has won several awards, including Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards and LGBT Celebrity at the 2016 British LGBT Awards, where he gave an impassioned acceptance speech about LGBT rights around the world.



8 Anthony Watson

President & CEO, Uphold Inc, LGBT equality and human rights activist, Chair of Labour Business & Enterprise Council

@AnthonyWatson



Watson is a leading British business and technology Entrepreneur, and human and LGBT rights activist. His is the President & CEO of Uphold. The first non-American (and first Britain) ever appointed to the Board of GLAAD, a Patron of Diversity Role Models, where he speaks in schools about LGBT issues and diversity and Chair of the Labour Party’s Business & Enterprise Council, the first LGBT ever to hold that position.





9 Jack Monroe

Writer, journalist, activist and political commentator

@MxJackMonroe



Since coming out as non-binary transgender in 2015, food writer and LGBT activist Monroe has given their voice to bring greater understanding to non-binary identity.











10 Owen Jones

Columnist, author, commentator and political activist

@OwenJones84



Guardian and the New Statesman columnist and author of The Establishment and Chavs. Jones is a fiercely outspoken political campaigner and LGBT+ rights activist who was descriibed by Gay Times magazine as a “prominent voice for the LGBT community.”








11 Vicky Beeching

Theologian, writer, broadcaster, LGBT advocate and musician


Songs of Praise presenter and out Christian, Beeching works at the intersection of LGBT equality and faith, campaigning to make religion a more welcoming place for all.

@vickybeeching


12 Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Co-Founder, UK Black Pride


One of the most prominent gay, black activists in the UK, Opoku-Gyimah is a trustee of Stonewall and the co-founder of UK Black Pride, which aims to promote unity within black LGBT communities.

@ukblackpride


13 Sue Perkins

Comedian, broadcaster, actress and writer


The Great British Bake Off presenter spoke out against the homophobia she faced from her doctor during fertility tests in 2015. She starts her live tour in Autumn 2016. @sueperkins


14 Mary Portas

Retail consultant and broadcaster


Retail guru and television presenter Portas was a high street business consultant for the government. She often speaks out in support of LGBT issues, is an advocate for same-sex families and has her own chain of charity outlets, which support Save the Children. @maryportas


15 Rosie Spaughton & Rose Ellen Dix

YouTube video bloggers and presenters


Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton, known as Rose and Rosie, are British vloggers who regularly vlog about sexuality and LGBT issues. They won the 2016 Celebrity Rising Star award at the British LGBT Awards. @RoseEllenDix @RoxeteraRibbons


16 Jane Hill

BBC journalist & broadcaster


BBC News anchor Hill came out in the BBC’s Staff magazine and advocates for better LGBT representation on television. Hill married her partner, Sara Shepherd, in 2012. @JaneHillNews


17 Olly Alexander

Singer, songwriter & actor


The lead singer of Years & Years and former Skins star Alexander regularly vocalises that his lyrics are about same sex relationships and has spoken of the need for more gay role models.

@alexander_olly


18 Rebecca Root

Actress and comedian


Starring in BBC2’s Boy Meets Girl, Root, an LGBT advocate, became the first trans person to play a trans character in a mainstream sitcom. Series 2 will be released later this year. @rebeccaroot1969


19 Mhairi Black

SNP MP


The youngest MP to be elected to parliament in over 100 years, Black became one of 32 openly gay politicians in Westminster. When asked about her decision to come out, she replied, “I’ve never been in.” @MhairiBlack


20 Heather Peace

Actress, musician and LGBT rights activist


With her new EP Come Home and a television project complete this year, Peace has still managed a live tour and a 1st birthday party for her daughter, Annie. @heatherpeace


21 Graham Norton

Television and radio presenter, comedian & actor


The comedian and BBC host of his own chat show has become one of Britain’s best-loved personalities. Norton has used his popularity to speak out against LGBT injustice. @grahnort


22 Peter Tatchell

LGBT campaigner & activist


A lifelong campaigner, Tatchell has dedicated all of his life to furthering gay and human rights. He is the founder and director of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, a human rights organisation.

@PeterTatchell



23 Lord Collins of Highbury

Labour peer and LGBT rights advocate


Lord Collins is a British life peer and member of LGBT Labour, who was outspoken about equal marriage during the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) Bill debate. @Lord_Collins


24 Daniel Winterfeldt

D&I Partner and Head of Capital Markets, CMS


A staunch supporter of many LGBT charities, Winterfeldt is also the founder of InterLaw, the leading LGBT legal network in the UK. He was head judge of the British LGBT Awards in 2016. @danielkamin


25 Asifa Lahore

Gay Muslim Drag Queen


The alter-ego of Asif Quraishi, a prominent British Pakistani drag artist and the UK’s first out Muslim drag queen. She has gone from strength-to-strength as a singer, songwriter and media personality. @AsifaLahore


26 Jacqui Gavin

Civil Servant


A civil servant and transgender rights activist, Gavin is Vice Chair of a:gender, Trustee and Patron of the Youth Trans Centre of Excellence and works with Diversity Role Models in schools. @jacqui_gavin


27 Sandi Toksvig

Writer, actor, comedian, presenter and producer


The new presenter of BBC news chat show QI and co-founder of the Women’s

Equality Party, Toksvig has been a lifelong supporter of gay rights, women’s rights, civil liberty and education. @sanditoksvig


28 George Shelley

Singer, songwriter, radio presenter and actor


Runner up of the 2015 I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Shelly choose not to be defined by his sexuality. @higeorgeshelley


29 Lou Englefield

Founding Director, Pride Sports UK


Working across all areas of sport, Englefield provides training, advice, guidance and insight on the participation of LGBT people in sport and tackling homophobia and transphobia. @LouEnglefield


30 Ben Summerskill OBE

Director, Criminal Justice Alliance


Summerskill was Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall and is credited with turning

the charity around. He is now Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance. @BenSummerskill


31 Vincent Francois

Regional Chief Auditor at Societe Generale


Founder of the LGBT network at Societe Generale and a member of the company’s diversity committee, Francois has been instrumental in the company’s involvement in many LGBT+ events and

charities. @vflondon


32 Paris Lees

Journalist, presenter & transgender rights activist


From DIVA journalist to the first transgender presenter for Radio 1 and Channel 4, Lees’ influence and work as a transgender campaigner has made a demonstrable difference to the community. @ParisLees



33 Sarah Waters

Author and novelist


Best-selling author of six lesbian novels, Waters’ work has greatly increased LGBT visibility in the public eye. She won the 2016 Lifetime Achievement award at the British LGBT Awards.


34 Ruth Davidson

Scottish politician, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party


Davidson’s 2015 election ad featured her same-sex partner. She has spoken publicly about gay marriage and homophobic bullying in schools.

@RuthDavidsonMSP


35 Gok Wan

Fashion consultant, author and television presenter


From presenting television to writing books, Wan has gained a huge following. He uses this popularity to lend his support to a variety of charities, from Stonewall, Ditch the Label and West End Bares, to charities such as Refuge and PDSA. @therealgokwan


36 Sarah Garrett

MD, SPM Group Ltd


Co-founder of the UK’s biggest diversity events company, Garrett started with lesbian and bi magazine, g3, then went on to create the Alternative Parenting Show, British LGBT Awards and other LGBT events. @g3Sarahg



37 Andy Woodfield

Partner & Head International Aid Development Consulting, PwC


Founder of LGBT Network Glee@PwC, Woodfield is the most senior out role model at PwC UK. He is a trustee of Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence. @andy_woodfield


38 Sophie Anna Ward

Actress and author


With a 40-year-long acting career, Ward was one of the first mainstream female actor to come out as lesbian. She regularly lends her voice to LGBT issues, with a focus on LGBT parenting.

@sophieannaward


39 Annie Wallace

Actress, campaigner & lobbyist


Wallace was the first transgender person to play a regular transgender character

in a UK soap opera, marking a historical moment in trans visibility. She donates her time to Manchester’s Gayfest, Mardi

Gras and Pride. @anniewallace


40 Hannah Winterbourne

Captain, British Army


The highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army, Winterbourne is also Patron of the charity, Mermaids and an ambassador for LGBT Sport Cymru.

@hannahw253



41 Riley Carter-Milligan

Actor


As the first ever female-to-male transgender character played by a female-to-male transgender person in a UK soap, Carter-Milligan’s role as Kyle in EastEnders represents a shift in trans visibility.

@MrRileyCarter1


42 Lord Waheed Alli

Media entrepreneur and politician


British multimillionaire media entrepreneur, politician and Labour life peer, Lord Alli is one of only a few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world.


43 Russell T Davies OBE

Television producer and screenwriter


The BAFTA-winning screenwriter is best known for LGBT dramas, Queer as Folk, Cucumber, Tofu and Banana and has also written for the Doctor Who series. In 2008 he was appointed an OBE. @TheWriterOfPain


44 Charlie Condou

Actor & LGBT Family campaigner


Best known for his role in Coronation Street, Condou is also the co-founder of Out with the Family LGBT family networking group and is an outspoken LGBT advocate. @Charliecondou


45 Jane Czyselska

Editor, DIVA Magazine


The editor of DIVA Magazine since 2004, Czyselska has become a prominent figure in LGBT rights, lending her voice to many campaigns. She is also a qualified counsellor. @Czyselska


46 Philip O’Ferrall

Senior Vice President, Digital Media, MTV


Senior Vice President of Viacom International Media Networks, Ferrall, is Executive Champion for Viacom’s LGBT group, Viacom Emerge. He’s also non-executive director of Travesty Media, alongside comedian and writer Alan Carr.

@MTVoferrall


47 Dan Hughes

PR and Comms Specialist,PRD Associates


Hughes is one of the UK’s rising stars in PR. He started his career in TV before advising The Labour Party and Angela Eagle MP. He advises a variety of organisations on PR strategy. @DanHughesOnline


48 Michael Salter MBE

Chairman, Pride in London


A former aide to David Cameron and government advisor on LGBT issues, Salter has been the driving force behind Pride in London since leaving Number 10.



49 Vinay Kapoor MBA

UK Head of D&I, EMEA CIB Diversity Council, BNP Paribas


The founder of BNP Paribas’ Diversity Week, Kapoor is also Head of Diversity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas UK and is committed to driving the success of the group’s D&I agenda. @VinayinLondon


50 Stella Duffy OBE

Novelist, playwright, stage performer and theatre director


The Room of Lost Things author, who is married to playwright Shelley Silas, has twice been named Stonewall Writer of the Year for her work. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours. @stellduffy


51 Susan Calman

Scottish Comedian


Lawyer-turned-comedian, Calman is best known for her regular appearances on comedy panel shows QI, The News Quiz, and Have I Got News For You. @SusanCalman


52 Mark Gossington

Partner – FS Risk and Regulation, PwC


​Creator of the LGBT UK Leaders & Advocates Social Media Powerlist, Gossington is also a sponsor of GLEE@ PwC, a Stonewall Ambassador and a Purple Circle Sponsor of the Albert Kennedy Trust. @markgossin


53 Alison Camps

Deputy Chairman, Quadrangle Group


Camp volunteers her time as Marketing Director for Pride in London and is responsible for the award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns #FreedomTo and #PrideHeroes. @AliCamps


54 David Hockney OM CH RA

Painter, printmaker, stage designer and photographer


​Considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Hockney’s early work was an open exploration of his sexuality when homosexuality was still illegal. #davidhockney

55 Jake Graf

Writer, director, actor, and trans advocate


The first transgender man to appear on the cover of gay lifestyle magazine QX, Graf has been campaigning for years to increase trans acceptance in the public eye. @JakeGraf1


56 Mandy McBain MBE

Client Account Manager, Stonewall


Responsible for development and delivery of the MOD Diversity Strategy throughout the Naval Service, McBain developed the first Naval Service LGBT Forum. She now works with Stonewall on their Workplace Programme.


57 Horse McDonald

Singer and songwriter


The Scottish singer and songwriter has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights throughout her career and has been called an LGBT hero by MSP Angela Crawley. @horsemusic


58 Charlie Craggs

Founder of Nail Transphobia


Craggs has taken the message of trans equality nationwide with her Nail Transphobia campaign, an accessible and effective way of engaging people with the journey of trans visibility and acceptance. @Charlie_Craggs



59 Scott Nunn

President, Commercial & Creative, Gay Star News

With over a decade of experience in LGBT media, Nunn is the co-founder of Gay Star News website – the world’s only 24/7 LGBTI news service with partner Tris Reid-Smith.

​@mrscottnunn


60 Carl Austin Behan

Lord Mayor of Manchester

A former Mr Gay UK, Behan was dismissed from the RAF for his sexuality. This year he became the youngest and first gay Lord Mayor of Manchester. @CarlAustinBehan

61 Susie Green

CEO of Mermaids


Green has worked with Mermaids, the charity that supports children and young people with gender variance for almost 15 years, providing direct advocacy and support to the trans community. @Mermaids_Gender


62 Wes Streeting

Politician, Labour Party


Former Head of Education at Stonewall, Streeting worked to tackle homophobia in schools. He is a Labour MP and continues to speak openly about LGBT issues.

@wesstreeting



63 Chris Bryant

Politician, Labour Party


Shadow leader of the House of Commons, Bryant won the Stonewall Politician of the Year award in 2011 and was a key figure in the vote for gay marriage in the Commons. @RhonddaBryant



64 Tris Reid-Smith

Co-Founder of Gay Star News


The Former editor of LGBT publication Pink Paper, Reid-Smith is co-founder of Gay Star News website – the world’s only 24/7 LGBTI news service with partner Scott Nunn.

​@trisrs



65 Colin Campbell-Austin

Head of Talent, Resourcing and People Development, Telegraph Media Group


An openly-gay role model at the Telegraph Media Group, Campbell-Austin creates a workplace environment that strongly encourages diversity. He also donates his time as a judge of the British LGBT Awards and the European Diversity Awards. ​

@ColinCAustin


66 Steven Cox

Executive Director Public Sector/VP, Head of Public Sector at Fujitsu


At Fujitsu Cox formed Shine, the company’s LGB+ networking group and has used his position on the executive board to visibly lead the company’s LGB+ agenda. @StevenAJC




67 Baroness Liz Barker

House of Lords, Liberal Democrats


Liberal Democrat life peer, Baroness Barker came out during a powerful speech in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill debate. She remains a powerful force for positive change in Westminster.


68 Tim Jarman Assistant

Director for Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY


Jarman leads EY’s strategy for LGBT issues across the UK and Ireland, on the Steering Committee of National Student Pride, a member of the global Advisory Board of IDAHOT and a Trustee of the United Nations Association. @TimJarman


69 Michael Brunt

Chief Marketing Officer & MD, Circulation, The Economist


As one of the few openly gay leaders at The Economist, Brunt mentors LGBT staff, and is a regular participant and organiser of LGBT networking events. @michaelbrunt


70 Juno Roche

Trans activist and Blair Peach Award winner

A former teacher who came to prominence after a trans rights speech at an NUT conference, Roche campaigns tirelessly for trans rights and is a Patron of Trans sexual-health centre CliniQ. @JustJuno1



71 Jonathan Phang

Television Personality, agent and journalist


A former model agent and judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, Phang also writes and presents for gay news website, Outnews Global. @Jonathan_Phang



72 Suran Dickson

CEO Diversity Role Models


A former teacher, Dickson is the founder of Diversity Role Models, a charity which tackles homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. @surandickson


73 Elly Barnes MBE

VEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate


Barnes is the Founder and Chief Executive of the charity Educate & Celebrate, an organisation whose remit is to ensure schools are LGBT ‘friendly’. @elly_barnes



74 Juno Dawson

Author and activist


Award-winning young adult author Dawson is a trans activist and regular contributor to various magazines and television programmes on sexuality and identity. She’s also a School Role Model for Stonewall. @junodawson



75 Denny Tu

Head of Strategy and Planning, Sky


Sitting on Sky’s creative senior leadership team, Tu serves a mentor to emerging LGBTI talent at the company. He is actively involved in HRC, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Stonewall. @dennytu


76 Ben Cohen

CEO, Pinknews


A technology correspondent for Channel 4 News, Cohen founded LGBT news

site Pink News. He also founded the Out4Marriage campaign for same-sex marriage. @benjamincohen


77 Ruth Hunt

Chief Executive, Stonewall


During her time as the Chief Executive of Stonewall, Hunt has worked to make the gay rights organsiation more inclusive by campaigning to further the rights of the transgender community. @ruth_hunt


78 Mark McLane

Global Head of Diversity, Barclays


At Barclays, McLane has developed a global D&I strategy and introduced innovative approaches to communication and product design for the LGBT community. @MQMcLane



79 Ollie Locke

Television Personality, presenter and writer


Made In Chelsea star Locke is one of the few openly bisexual men in the spotlight. He regularly supports LGBT+ events and often discusses the difficulties he has faced as a bisexual man. @ollielocke


80 Bisi Alimi

Gay rights activist, public speaker and blogger


A Nigerian gay rights activist, Alimi was the first person to come out as gay on Nigerian television. He is Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation and co-founded The Kaleidoscope Trust. @bisialimi


81 Emma Woollcott

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya


Outside of her role at Mishcon de Reya, Woollcott founded Pink Law, a pro bono legal advice service for LGBT people. She also volunteers for Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence. @ecwoollcott


82 James Ledward

Publisher, G-Scene


A former Liberal Democrat council candidate and publisher of Brighton and the South Coast’s Gscene magazine, Ledward has been a leading force in connecting the LGBT+ community and pushing for greater acceptance. @gscene1


83 Robert McDowall Campaigner, co-founder & chair, The LGBT Network


A gay rights campaigner, McDowall pushed for equal marriage rights in Scotland in his role as the co-founder and chair of The LGBT Network. He is also a member of the Equality council and director of SWSAN. @RobMcd85


​​84 Ali Berryman

COO, Barclaycard UK Consumer Business


At Barclaycard UK, Berryman is the COO for Spectrum UK, the LGBT network. She was a British LGBT Awards judge in 2016 and also volunteers her free time to Albert Kennedy Trust, Diversity Role Models and Stonewall.

@beenaberry75


85 Victor Nieves

Director, EMEIA Capital Markets, EY


Nieves is a Director in EY’s Capital Markets centre, helping European companies navigate complex accounting and regulatory requirements. A passionate advocate for LGBT equality, he leads EY’s Unity UK&I Network and chairs OUTstanding’s membership committee. @TheVictorNieves


86 Tom Guy

Founder of National Student Pride


As founder of National Student Pride, Guy has created a positive LGBT+ event for students across the country, with focus issues such as mental health and coming out. @Tom_Guy_


87 Tim Sigsworth MBE

Chief Executive, The Albert Kennedy Trust


Chief Executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust and activist, Sigsworth received an MBE for his work in the LGBT community, which began in his teen years participating in the Section 28 rallies. @TimSigsworth


88 Patrick Cash

Playwright, spoken word poet and contributing editor for Attitude Magazine


Playwright, Cash has been influential in opening conversations about chemsex and substance abuse across the LGBT community. He hosts the gay men’s wellbeing forum, Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs, in association with 56 Dean Street.

@paddycash


89 Gary Everett

Artistic Director, Homotopia


As artistic director of the two-month Liverpool-based queer arts festival, Homotopia, Everett has been an integral part of the event’s success and 12-year- growth. @HomotopiaFest


90 Niranjan Kamatkar

Creator GFEST- Gaywise Festival, @GFEST London


Kamatkar is the creator and Artistic Director of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, the two-week arts festival in London and platform for LGBTQI artists, organisations and venues to promote LGBT and Queer arts. @NiranjanGFEST


91 Neil Amin-Smith

Violinist, Clean Bandit


Violinist with Clean Bandit and outspoken political and LGBT+ advocate, Amin- Smith is openly gay in the music industry and regularly comments on LGBT issues, pushing for equality. @neil_milan



92 Sarah Jane Moon

Fine artist and portrait painter


​Award-winning artist Moon addresses issues of LGBT identity and visibility in her portraiture and is a supporter of Stonewall and the Terence Higgins Trust. @sarahjane_moon


93 Mark Abrahams

Finance and Military Capability Strategy, UK MoD


Wing Commander Abrahams is the Royal Air Force’s most senior out gay man. He is Chair of the RAF LGBT Forum and consults with the RAF Equality and Diversity team.



94 Lee Marshall

Co-founder of Stonewall, Trustee of Ben Cohen

As a senior manager within the Church of England’s administrative bodies, Marshall is the is the only out LGBT member of the Executive Leadership Team in Church House. He co-founded the Church House LGBT network over five years ago. @lee_sw8


95 Matthew Todd

Playwright, comedian and journalist


Playwright, author and award-winning magazine editor Todd has been

running one of the UK’s best-selling gay magazines, Attitude, since 2008. His first book, Striaght Jacket, is published by Bantam Press this year.

@MrMatthewTodd


96 Jim McSweeney

Manager, Gay's The Word


​​McSweeney has kept the UK’s only dedicated lesbian and gay book shop relevant and influential in the community for almost 40 years.

@gaystheword


97 Christopher Drennen

​Managing Director, Institutional Advisory & Solutions, BNP Paribas

Drennen is one of the most senior out leaders at BNP Paribas and is involved in promoting a broad array of community- building and social development programmes. He is also a sponsor of Diversity Role Models and a supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust.


98 Lt Cdr Chris Wood

Royal Navy, Co-Chair, LGBT Network - Compass


Naval officer Woods is co-chair of the Royal Navy’s LGBT network, Compass and a visible senior role model. Woods championed the network’s expansion from ‘LGBT’ to support all people who identify across the wider spectra of sexual orientation and gender identity. He

is a strong advocate of LGBT+ rights and contributes to the Royal Navy’s diversity and inclusion policy.

@RNCompass


99 Paul Roberts OBE

Chief Executive, LGBT Consortium

Chief Executive for LGBT Consortium, Roberts has played an integral role in the development of the organisation and has worked within the LGBT voluntary sector for 12 years. @LGBTConsortium


100 Scott McGlynn

Author, journalist & celebrity interviewer


Author and blogger McGlynn writes about LGBT issues to change the experience of isolated LGBT teens. His first book, Out details his struggles with homophobia while growing up.

@ScottyMcGlynn





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