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PRIDE POWER LIST 2017


Linda Riley, the founder of the Pride Power List, certainly knows a thing or two about the LGBT+ community. With more than 20 years’ experience of furthering the cause of diversity and inclusion, Linda publishes DIVA, the iconic magazine for lesbians and bisexual women, and LGBT+ news site OutNews Global. She also co-founded the Australian LGBTI Awards, the British LGBT Awards, the Diversity in Media Awards and the European Diversity Awards.


One of just two British board members of US-based LGBT+ campaign group GLAAD, and a former adviser to the UK Labour Party on diversity issues, Riley is also a patron of anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models and the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT+ youth. It’s Riley’s personal experiences of coming out as a teenager which has driven her to dedicate herself to these important issues: “I knew I was gay from as early as I can remember. It scared me because, back then, there were really only two options: electric shock treatment to ‘cure’ you, or to run away from home. “I don’t blame my family for not understanding … back then, being gay just wasn’t seen as ‘normal’. So, although I was very young, I chose to leave home. It was an isolating experi-ence, not least because there were no role models standing up and saying ‘I am LGBT’. In fact, gay people only real-ly hit the headlines when the story was overwhelmingly negative, like when former Hollywood leading man Rock Hudson was outed after he had died of an AIDS related illness. It is fair to say there was a lot of fear around.


“It wasn’t easy being homeless at such a young age, and I truly don’t know what might have become of me if I hadn’t had the support of such a fantastic group of LGBT+ people around me. That’s one of the reasons I became a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust. The rate of homelessness among LGBT+ youth is high, with many kids forced to leave home by their families. I want to give these young people hope, so they know that with a little support they will come through it, just like I did.


“The experiences I had growing up definitely made me want to work in diversity and inclusion. When I had my twin daughters, now 10 years old, it seemed even more important; I want them to grow up in a fairer, more equal world.

“Fortunately, there are many LGBT+ role models these days, and organi-sations like Stonewall make a huge difference. I also think that social media plays a huge part in acceptance, with people like YouTubers Rose and Rosie’s vlogs about sexuality and their relationship highlighting how much things have changed for the better. That said, I know all too well how ignorant trolls can turn social media into a nightmare. Twitter seems to be especially ineffective at monitoring hate speech or suspending accounts. I recently worked on a project called No2LGBTHate which leveraged a Thun-derclap campaign to urge Twitter to take action, reaching 29 million people … including Twitter HQ!


It is clear to me that the battle against homophobia, biphobia and transpho-bia is far from over and, until it is, I shall continue to celebrate and recog-nise the work of so many people in the LGBT+ community and our allies who make such a difference in changing opinions. That’s why this year I shall be proud to be on the DIVA bus in the Pride in London parade as well as on the Radio DIVA Women’s Stage in Leicester Square.”

One example of how there is so much more to do came last month, when Riley observed a comment thread on Piers Morgan’s Twitter feed. Morgan was not directly homophobic, but he did sit back and allow some of his fol-lowers to indulge in homophobic and transphobic abuse following his rigor-ous and –in part– aggressive interview with Fox Fisher and partner Owl. Mor-gan has influence and power, and to do nothing in circumstances like this could be seen as being complicit. There are huge problems overseas – too many to mention here. LGBT+ people are being killed in Uganda and imprisoned in Chechnya. “So,” Riley continues, “while we march at Pride and celebrate our freedoms, let us also call on the British Government to look at taking action against those regimes which encourage this appalling treat-ment of our brothers and sisters.”




1. Alan Carr

Comedian, television personality and author

@AlanCarr


Television and radio presenter Carr has been out and proud on British TV screens for over a decade. In 2016, Carr won LGBT Celebrity at the British LGBT Awards, giving an impassioned acceptance speech about LGBT+ rights around the world. He returned in 2017 to host the awards, which were streamed live worldwide by Unilad. He has also hosted the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation’s Annual Party, and later this year he will co-host the Albert Kennedy Trust Gala Dinner with Gok Wan.



2. Sir Ian McKellen, CH, CBE

Actor and LGBT+ rights advocate

@IanMcKellen



He is one of the biggest advocates for LGBT+ rights in British history. He was a co-founder of LGBT+ rights organisation, Stonewall, and is a patron of FFLAG, GAY-GLOS, LGBT History Month, Oxford Pride, Pride in London, The Albert Kennedy Trust and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.



3. Graham Norton

Television and radio presenter, comedian and actor

@grahnort



The comedian and host of his own BBC chat show has become one of Britain’s best-loved personalities. Norton uses his popularity to speak out against LGBT+ injustice and recently featured as part of the Russian doll series, created by Mother Agency and sent to Russia to promote LGBT+ rights.



4. Ruth Davidson

MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party

@RuthDavidson MSP



MSP and leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Davidson’s 2015 election ad featured her same-sex partner. When a minority government was formed with the DUP, she publicly demanded assurances from Prime Minister Theresa May that no rescissions would be made to LGBT+ rights in the UK



5. Lord Waheed Alli

Media entrepreneur and politician

#LordWaheedAlli



British multimillionaire media entrepreneur, politician and Labour life peer, Lord Alli is one of the few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world. Earlier this year he wrote to over 300 MPs and colleagues, urging them to pressure the UN to investigate alleged atrocities against LGBT people in Chechnya.



6. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Co-Founder, UK Black Pride

@MsLadyPhyll



One of the UK’s most prominent gay, black activists, Opoku-Gyimah is a trustee of Stonewall and co-founder, trustee and executive (formerly managing) director of UK Black Pride, which works to promote unity within black LGBT+ communities.





7. Olly Alexander

Singer, songwriter and actor

@alexander_olly



The lead singer of Years & Years and former Skins star Alexander has become a prominent figure in LGBT+ rights. He has spoken out about the need for better LGBT+ inclusion in Sex and Relationship Education at school and is collaborating with BBC3 on a documentary investigating the high prevalence of mental health issues in the LGBT+ community.



8. Munroe Bergdorf

DJ, activist and feminist

@MunroeBergdorf



Transgender model and DJ, Bergdorf has been featured in campaigns for L’Oreal and Uniqlo. She has been shortlisted in the British LGBT Awards, recognised as Marie Claire’s New Beauty Icon in their Redefining Beauty feature and named a New Feminist Icon by ES Magazine. She featured in the BBC viral video Things Not To Say To A Trans Person and the CNN documentary My Transgender Life. She regularly donates her time to trans youth charities and Stonewall.



9. Claire Harvey

CEO, Diversity Role Models and paralympian

@harveysprout



Cambridge graduate, former GB Sitting Volleyball Paralympic champion and inclusion expert Harvey was recently appointed chief executive of Diversity Role Models, a charity which aims to eliminate LGBT+ bullying in schools. In 2014, she led the government’s LGBT sports charter steering group and was appointed Changing Lives Champion at the Youth Sports Trust charity.



10. Owen Jones

Columnist, author, commentator and political activist

@OwenJones84


Guardian and New Statesman columnist Jones regularly defends LGBT+ rights in the media and recently challenged an anti-LGBT+ politician about his stance on marriage equality on BBC’s Daily Politics. He is the author of two books, The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It and Chavs: The Demonization Of The Working Class.




11 Peter Tatchell

LGBT+ campaigner and activist


A lifelong campaigner, Tatchell has spent the last 50 years furthering LGBT+ and human rights around the world. He is the founder and director of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, a human rights organisation. @PeterTatchell


12 Stephen Fry

Actor, presenter, writer, comedian and activist


A British national treasure, Fry is incredibly outspoken about LGBT+ rights, regularly using his presence on social media to comment on matters from equal marriage to the Sochi Olympics. In 2013, he presented a two-part documentary for BBC Two, Stephen Fry: Out There, in which he travelled the world learning about the lives of gay people all over the globe, from Russia to India. In 2017, he hosted the BAFTAs for the twelfth time. @stephenfry


13 Heather Peace

Actor, musician and LGBT+ rights activist


Peace has been a prominent figure in the LGBT+ community for over 20 years. She currently co-hosts Radio DIVA every Tuesday with Rosie Wilby. She is a patron of Manchester Pride and supports Stonewall, Diversity Role Models and the Albert Kennedy Trust. @heatherpeace


14 Vicky Beeching

Writer, broadcaster, LGBT+ campaigner and musician


Singer, songwriter, presenter and out Christian, Beeching works at the intersection of LGBT+ equality and faith, campaigning to make religion a more welcoming place for all. In 2017 she was given the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship by the Archbishop of Canterbury. @vickybeeching


15 Ruth Hunt

Chief Executive, Stonewall


As Chief Executive of Stonewall, Hunt has succeeded in making Europe’s largest gay rights organsiation more inclusive by working to further the rights of the transgender community, a historic move that will shape the charity’s work going forward. @ruth_hunt


16 Jane Hill

BBC journalist and 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 Amy Lamé

London’s first night czar


American-born British resident Lamé is a presenter, writer and performer. Her LGBT-themed media works and success with LGBT+ night, Duckie, earned her the position of “night czar”. She was appointed by London’s mayor Sadiq Khan in 2016. @amylame


18 Mhairi Black

SNP MP


The Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, Black was the youngest MP to be elected to parliament in over 100 years. Re-elected in 2017, Black talks openly about her sexuality and has been one of the most vocal MPs on LGBT+ rights. @MhairiBlack


19 Sarah Garrett MBE

CEO, SPM Group Ltd


Co-founder of the UK’s biggest diversity events company, Garrett started her career with lesbian and bi magazine, g3. She went on to create the Alternative Parenting Show and the British LGBT Awards. In 2017, she received an MBE for her services to diversity. @SarahGarrettSPM


20 Anthony Watson

Founder, chairman and CEO, Uphold Bank


As the first openly gay chief information officer of a Fortune 100 company, Watson has striven to be a role model for his LGBT+ colleagues. He was the first Briton to be appointed to the board of directors of GLAAD in the US. He is a Stonewall ambassador and a treasurer of the Albert Kennedy Trust. Watson also speaks in schools about LGBT+ issues and diversity, and supports several other LGBT+ charities across Europe. @AnthonyWatson


21 Philip O’Ferrall

Executive Vice President, MD, Viacom International Media Networks


Executive Vice President of Viacom International Media Networks, O’Ferrall is Executive Champion for Viacom’s LGBT+ group, Viacom Emerge. He was a British LGBT Awards judge in 2016 and 2017. He’s also a non-executive director of Travesty Media, alongside comedian and writer Alan Carr. @MTVoferrall


22 Jacqui Gavin

Civil servant


A civil servant and transgender rights activist, Gavin works as lead for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department for International Trade. She also works with Diversity Role Models in schools and is a judge for the European Diversity Awards. @jacqui_gavin


23 Sandi Toksvig

Writer, actor, comedian, presenter and producer


Toksvig is a lifelong campaigner for LGBT+ rights, women’s rights, civil liberty and education. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party and will host Channel 4’s new series of The Great British Bake Off with Noel Fielding. @sanditoksvig


24 Paris Lees

Journalist, presenter and transgender rights activist


The first transgender presenter on Radio 1 and Channel 4, Lees has huge influence as a transgender campaigner. In 2016 she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Brighton University. @parislees


25 Sarah Waters

Author


Bestselling 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. This year she has worked with the National Trust on the LGBTQ history of its historic places. #sarahwaters


26 Angela Eagle

MP for Wallasey, Labour Party


Eagle was the first minister to come out as a 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. In 2015, she became the first LGBT+ MP to front Prime Minister’s questions. She is a patron of Just A Ball Game? and Liverpool Pride. @angelaeagle


27 Gok Wan

Fashion consultant, author and television presenter


Presenter and writer Wan has always used his popularity to support LGBT+ charities. He will host the 2017 Attitude PRIDE Awards and in 2016 he spoke at Stonewall’s Education for All Conference. @therealgokwan


28 Rebecca Root

Actor and transgender rights campaigner


The star of BBC 2’s Boy Meets Girl was the first trans person to play a trans character in a mainstream sitcom. In 2017, she was in the cast of TransScripts, an award-winning play telling trans people’s stories in their own words. @rebeccaroot1969


29 Andy Woodfield

Partner Lead for 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, Action Breaks Silence and Opening Doors London. @andy_woodfield


30 Lucy Spraggan

Singer and songwriter


Spraggan’s appearance on X Factor in 2012 as an openly gay woman won her legions of loyal fans. She consistently supports LGBT+ charities and Pride events, and uses her fame to highlight LGBT+ issues. @lspraggan


31 Alison Camps

Co chair and Marketing Director, Pride in London


Camp volunteers her time as co chair and marketing director of Pride in London and is responsible for the award-winning advertising campaigns #FreedomTo and #PrideHeroes. In 2017, Camps co-wrote an open letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, calling on the government to take action on alleged genocide of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. @AliCamps


32 Annie Wallace

Actor, campaigner and lobbyist


In 2016, Hollyoaks star Wallace became the first transgender actor to receive a BAFTA nomination. She was also the first transgender person to play a transgender character in a UK soap opera, marking a historic moment in trans visibility. She donates her time to Manchester’s Gayfest, Mardi Gras and Pride. @anniewallace


33 Lord Collins of Highbury

Labour peer and LGBT+ rights advocate


Lord Collins of Highbury is a British life peer and patron of LGBT Labour, who has been outspoken on LGBT+ rights in parliament, particularly during the Marriage (Same-sex Couples) Bill debate. @Lord_Collins


34 Russell T Davies OBE

Television producer and screenwriter


The BAFTA-winning screenwriter is best known for his LGBT+ dramas, Queer as Folk, Cucumber, Tofu and Banana and has also written for the Doctor Who series. At the 2017 British LGBT Awards, he won the Lifetime Achievement award and gave a powerful acceptance speech on the importance of fighting for LGBT+ and human rights. In 2008 he was appointed an OBE. @TheWriterOfPain


35 Hannah Bardell

SNP MP


The MP has represented Livingston, Scotland since 2015. Earlier this year, Bardell’s Trainspotting-inspired anti-Brexit speech based on the “Choose Life” monologue went viral. @HannahB4LiviMP


36 Michael Salter-Church MBE

Co chair, Pride in London


A former aide to David Cameron and government advisor on LGBT+ issues, Salter-Church has been the driving force behind Pride in London since leaving Number 10. In 2017 he co-wrote a letter to Boris Johnson urging the government to take action against the alleged genocide of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. #MichaelSalterChurchMBE


37 Vinay Kapoor

UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and 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. In 2017 he was a Top 10 Diversity Champion at the British LGBT Awards. @VinayinLondon


38 Liz Carr

Actor, comedian and disability rights campaigner


Actor and comedian Carr is best known for her role on BBC’s Silent Witness. She is an active LGBT+ and disability rights campaigner, who regularly speaks out about the lack of lesbian representation in media. @thelizcarr


39 Ollie Locke

Television personality, presenter and writer


Made In Chelsea star Locke is one of the few out gay men in reality TV. He regularly supports the LGBT+ community. In 2017, he launched a gay dating app, Chappy. @ollielocke


40 Susan Calman

Scottish comedian


Scottish comedian and presenter of Channel 4 quiz The Boss, Calman is known for her regular appearances on comedy panel shows like QI, The News Quiz, and Have I Got News For You. She regularly speaks out about LGBT+ issues and advocates for better LGBT+ representation. @SusanCalman


41 Vincent Francois

Regional Head of Audit, Société Générale


Founder and chair of the UK LGBT+ network at Société Générale, Francois has been instrumental in the company’s support of many LGBT+ events and charities. @vflondon


42 Val McDermid

Crime writer


The Scottish crime writer is best known for her popular suspense novels. She regularly writes about LGBT+ issues and raises money for charities such as LGBT Youth Scotland. @valmcdermid


43 Mark Gossington

Partner, PwC


Creator of the LGBT Social Media Powerlist, Gossington is also a sponsor of GLEE@PwC, a 2017 British LGBT Awards judge, a Stonewall Ambassador and a Purple Circle Sponsor of the Albert Kennedy Trust. @markgossin


44 Sophie Anna Ward

Actor and writer


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


45 Chardine Taylor-Stone

Award-winning cultural producer, writer, feminist and activist


Taylor-Stone is the founder of Stop Rainbow Racism, which works to stop racist performances in LGBTQ venues. In 2017 she won the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life award at the British LGBT Awards. @misschazmatazz


46 Russell Tovey

Actor


Tovey is an actor best known for his roles in the TV series Being Human and the film The History Boys. Tovey uses his status to highlight LGBT+ issues and says that being gay “made his career”. @russelltovey


47 Daniel Hughes

PR Director, PRD Associates


Hughes is the founder of PRD Associates, a leading LGBT+ PR firm which manages the British LGBT Awards’ PR. He is a former TV publicist and has advised the Labour Party on communications. @DanHughesOnline


48 Suki Sandhu

Founder and CEO, OUTstanding


Founder & CEO at UPstanding, OUTstanding & Audeliss. Suki is also a Stonewall Ambassador and supports numerous LGBT+ charities by donating a percentage of his business profits. @mrsukisandhu


49 MNEK

Singer, songwriter and record producer


Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer MNEK has said he feels that it’s his responsibility as a gay, black man to be a role model for BME LGBT+ youth. @MNEK


50 Daniel Winterfeldt

Partner and Senior Diversity Consultant, Reed Smith


Founder and co-chair of InterLaw Diversity Forum, the leading LGBT+ legal network in the UK, Winterfeldt regularly raises funds to support LGBT+ charities. He was head judge of the British LGBT Awards in 2016 and 2017. @dkwinterfeldt


51 Jeanette Winterson OBE

Writer


Winterson is a writer most famous for her groundbreaking novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. She often speaks out in support of LGBT+ issues. Winterson received an OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours. @Wintersonworld


52 Horse McDonald

Singer and songwriter


The Scottish singer-songwriter has been a vocal supporter of LGBT+ rights throughout her career and has been called an LGBT+ hero by MSP Angela Crawley. She is a patron of LGBT+ helpline, Switchboard. @horsemusic


53 Wes Streeting

Labour MP


In his former role as Head of Education at Stonewall, Streeting worked to tackle homophobia in schools. He is a Labour MP and was endorsed by LGBT+ rights activist Sir Ian McKellen in the 2017 General Election. @wesstreeting


54 Chris Bryant

Labour MP


Former 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 same-sex marriage in the Commons. In 2016, Bryant declared he had left the Church of England, stating its stance on homosexuality was as bad as slavery. @RhonddaBryant


55 Baroness Liz Barker

Liberal Democrat Peer


Liberal Democrat life peer and Lords Spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector, Baroness Barker came out as a lesbian during a powerful speech in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill debate. She supports a wide range of LGBT+ charities. @LizBarkerLords


56 Tim Jarman

Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY


Diversity and Inclusion expert, Jarman is committed to driving positive LGBT+ narratives. He regularly speaks at diversity conferences and volunteers with Stonewall and National Student Pride and champions LGBT+ inclusiveness in sport. @TimJarman


57 Michael Brunt

MD, Circulation and Chief Marketing Officer, The Economist


One of the few openly gay leaders at The Economist, Brunt mentors LGBT+ staff and was a founder and launch member of Wilde, The Economist’s LGBT+ and ally network. @michaelbrunt


58 Juno Roche

Trans activist and Blair Peach Award winner


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


59 Polly Shute

Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships and Board Member, Pride in London


Shute is the driving force behind fundraising for Pride in London and has a broad experience of the charity sector, having worked with charities including the British Heart Foundation and vinspired. @shute_polly


60 Mark Anderson

Executive Vice President of Customer, Virgin Atlantic


As of January 2017, Anderson is the Executive Vice President of Customer at Virgin Atlantic Airways. A passionate supporter of equality in travel, he is a founding member of the TTG LGBT+ Network and was a judge for the 2017 British LGBT Awards. @MAvhols


61 Ben Summerskill OBE

Director, Criminal Justice Alliance


Summerskill is the former Chief Executive Officer of Stonewall and is credited for turning the charity around. He is now Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance. @BenSummerskill


62 Alycia Eyo

Actor


Actor Eyo is best known for her roles in TV series Emmerdale and prison drama Bad Girls. Eyo is a patron of LGBT Youth North West, the Proud Trust and Manchester Pride. @Alicya75


63 India Willoughby

Journalist, presenter and newsreader


Last year, Willoughby became the first transgender woman to present on an episode of ITV’s Loose Women and has since made appearances on Lorraine. In October, she became the UK’s first openly transgender newsreader @IndiaWilloughby


64 Elly Barnes MBE

CEO and Founder, Educate & Celebrate


Barnes is the founder and chief executive of the charity Educate & Celebrate, an organisation that works to transform schools into LGBT+ friendly institutions. @elly_barnes


65 David Ames

Actor


Actor David Ames is best known for his role as Dominic Copeland on the BBC’s Holby City. The Attitude magazine cover star has spoken of being an out actor. @semadivad


66 Justine Greening

Conservative MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities


Conservative politician Greening has been MP for Putney since 2005. In 2016, on the day of Pride in London, she tweeted that she was in a happy, same-sex relationship, making her the first openly LGBT+ woman to serve in the UK cabinet. @JustineGreening


67 Stephanie Hirst

Radio and TV presenter


Radio host and TV presenter Hirst is also a trans rights campaigner. Earlier this year, she was “the voice” of Channel 4 to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility. She is a Fellow of the Radio Academy. @StephanieHirst


68 Bisi Alimi

Gay rights activist, public speaker and blogger


Nigerian gay rights and HIV activist Alimi was the first person to come out as gay on Nigerian television. He is the executive director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation and co-founded The Kaleidoscope Trust. This year he served as a judge for the British LGBT Awards. @bisialimi


69 Juno Dawson

Author and activist


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


70 Kiki Archer

Novelist


Kiki Archer is a bestselling lesbian fiction novelist. She won Independent Author of the Year Award in the 2013 Ultimate Planet Awards and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist this year. @Kikiarcherbooks


71 Liam Hackett

Founder and CEO, Ditch The Label


Hackett is the CEO of equality and anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label, one of the largest pro-equality and anti-bullying charities in the world. @DiageoLiam


72 Lou Englefield

Founding Director, Pride in Sport


Working across all areas of sport, Englefield provides training and guidance about LGBT+ people in sport, tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. @LouEnglefield


73 Kezia Dugdale

MSP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party


Dugdale has been the leader of the Scottish Labour party since 2015. In 2016, she became the fourth Scottish party leader to come out. A strong supporter of same-sex marriage and civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples, she has also spoken out against the church blocking same-sex adoptions. @kezdugdale


74 Ali Berryman

Chief Operating Officer, Barclaycard UK


At Barclaycard UK, Berryman is involved in LGBT+ network Spectrum UK. She was a British LGBT Awards judge in 2017 and 2016. She volunteers her free time to the Albert Kennedy Trust, Diversity Role Models and Stonewall. @beenaberry75


75 Victor Nieves

Director, EMEIA Capital Markets, EY


Nieves is co-chair of the Unity LGBTA network at EY and has been active in a number of Global and European D&I initiatives. He donates his time to Stonewall and was part of the team which helped lead EY’s efforts in being named Stonewall Employer of the Year in 2012. @TheVictorNieves


76 Rosie Wilby

Comedian, writer and radio presenter


Wilby is a stand-up comedian, singer-songwriter and Radio DIVA presenter. She founded and presented Out In South London, an LGBT+ radio show. @rosiewilby


77 Harvey Brown

Award-winning film director, creative director, art director and set designer.


Brown is an openly gay, award-winning film director, creative director, art director and set designer, who has worked with some of the world’s top brands and supermodels. @HarveyBBrown


78 Dr Christian Jessen

TV presenter and doctor


TV presenter Dr Jessen became a household name with the Channel 4 series Embarrassing Bodies. In 2014 he produced and starred in the documentary series Undercover Doctor: Cure Me I’m Gay, investigating gay cures. Dr Jessen specialises in HIV and sexual health. @DoctorChristian


79 Charlie King

Celebrity personal trainer and Gay Times columnist


Star of The Only Way Is Essex, King came out as gay on ITV’s This Morning shortly after leaving the show. He is now a columnist for Gay Times and a celebrity personal trainer. He made a guest return to TOWIE in 2017. @CharlieKing85


80 Victoria Broom

Actor and writer


Broom had appeared in over 40 TV programmes and films. After realising she was never cast in lesbian roles, she wrote two LGBT+ shorts, Life In Colours and Love Without Boundaries, which were both well-received. She recently starred in the lesbian web series Different For Girls and won a DIVA Choice Award in 2017. @victoriabroom


81 Dr Ranj Singh

TV presenter, author, columnist and doctor


Resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and presenter and creator of kids show Get Well Soon, Dr Singh often discusses the issue of LGBT+ acceptance in the Asian community. He has a regular column in Attitude Magazine. @DrRanj


82 Andy West

Journalist and TV personality


Former Newsline reporter West was suspended from his job at the BBC when he said he was “ashamed” to work there. His comment came after the BBC refused to axe Tyson Fury from their Sports Personality shortlist over his homophobic views. Big Brother star West is currently working on an LGBT+ panel show featuring gay men for ITV. @AndyWestTV


83 Jonathan Harvey

Writer, author and playwright


Harvey’s work has earned him many awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. He is best known for the play Beautiful Thing and the TV series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme. @JOJEHARVEY


84 Lianne Sanderson

Professional footballer


Professional football player Sanderson was one of the first openly gay players in England. She played midfield for the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as for Arsenal and England. In 2017 she won the DIVA Sports Personality of the Year award. @liannesanderson


85 Emma Woollcott

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya


Woollcott founded and co-chairs Mischcon’s Pride Network. Outside work she founded Pink Law, a pro bono legal advice service for LGBT+ people. She also volunteers for Diversity Role Models and Action Breaks Silence. @ecwoollcott


86 Simon Jones

Publicist for music and television


Founder of Simon Jones PR, Jones is one of the UK’s leading entertainment publicists, working with household names from across music and television. @simonjonespr


87 Tom Knight

Journalist and campaigner


LGBT+ and HIV campaigner Knight is a columnist for Gay Times magazine and was shortlisted for Journalist of the Year 2016 at the European Diversity Awards. He donates his time to the Terrence Higgins Trust, Pride in London and #PrideinthePark. @TJ_Knight


88 Margot James

Conservative MP


Entrepreneur, Conservative politician and MP for Stourbridge since 2010, James was the first openly lesbian Conservative MP. In 2011, she received a Lifetime Achievement award in the Independent’s Pink List. @margot_james_mp


89 Tim Sigsworth MBE

Chief Executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust


Sigsworth has spent a lifetime campaigning for the LGBT+ community. In 2016, he received an MBE for his services to LGBT+ people. @TimSigsworth


90 Jen Brister

Comedian, writer and actor


Stand-up comedian, writer and actor Brister is a regular performer on UK and international comedy circuits, weaving LGBT+ life into her routines. A staunch supporter of Stonewall, she has hosted various fundraising comedy nights. She also donates her time to several other LGBT+ charities. @JenBrister


91 Matthew Todd

Journalist and author


Award-winning journalist and author Todd was the editor of Attitude magazine for eight years, overseeing an historic issue featuring HRH Prince William on the cover. He is the author of Straight Jacket - How To Be Gay and Happy. @mrmatthewtodd


92 Steven Davies

British cricketer


British cricketer Davies, who has played for England, came out in an interview with the Telegraph in 2011, making him the first professional cricketer to come out as LGBT+. @SteveDavies43


93 Joanna Cherry

SNP MP


Scottish QC and SNP politician Cherry was elected Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West in 2015. @joannaccherry


94 Michelle Hardwick

Actor


Hardwick is an actor best known for her roles on ITV series Emmerdale and The Royal. She came out as a lesbian in 2013, saying that it felt good to finally talk about it. @ChelleHardwick


95 Pippa Dale

Head of Global Markets Roadshows, BNP Paribas


Dale is a founding member of LBWomen, a not-for-profit, multi-identity initiative started by the British LGBT Awards. In 2016 she was listed as a leading LGBT+ executive in the OUTstanding and FT rankings. @thepippadale


96 Scott McGlynn

Presenter, blogger and author


In 2016, McGlynn published Out, a book about his experiences of growing up gay in a small Welsh town. He presents a regular showbiz and LGBT+ podcast, The Scott McGlynn Show. @ScottyMcGlynn


97 Julie Wilson

Group CEO, Optimus Cards Group


Wilson is a board member of Empowering Financial and Social Inclusion. She also dontates her time to Stonewall where she is a Top Table Ambassador. #JulieWilson


98 Wanda Goldwag

Chair of the Office of Legal Complaints, Legal Ombudsman


In addition to her career, Goldwag has spent a lifetime furthering the rights of the LGBT+ community. Former managing director of gay website, Queercompany, Goldwag also co-funded the publishing of magazine Phase, Britain’s first gay style magazine. @wandagoldwag


99 Beth Dowling-Jones

Chair of Trustees, Diversity Role Models


Dowling-Jones is the chair of trustees of Diversity Role Models, a charity working with schools to tackle homophobic bullying. @BeffunDJ


100 Christina Riley

Co chair LGBT Network, Balfour Beatty


Chair of the LGBT Construct network at Balfour Beatty, Riley is an active public speaker for LGBT+ and mental health support. She won the LGBT+ Corporate Rising Star award at the 2017 British LGBT Awards. She is also a Diversity Role Model, a Fairness Inclusion Respect Ambassador and sits on several LGBT+ network committees. @LGBTconstruct



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