BBC’s First LGBT Correspondent
In April of 2019, Ben Hunte was appointed as the BBC’s first ever LGBT Correspondent, marking a watershed moment for reportage on sexuality and gender. Since starting the role, Ben has uncovered how black male victims of sexual abuse are ignored by the government, and broke the news of HRH Prince William supporting a hypothetical LGBTQI royal. His digital films, covering issues such as racism within the LGBTQI dating scene, garner millions of views. Due to his remarkable broadcasting, Ben Hunte has been nominated for awards from the Royal Television Society, PinkNews, and the British LGBT Awards. Ben’s work signals how LGBTQI issues will be brought to public attention in the future.
LGBT Campaigner, Activist
Peter Tatchell has been a persistent and powerful presence in the history of LGBTQI and human rights advancements in the UK for over 50 years. He took part in the UK’s first ever Pride march in London in 1972. The founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, Tatchell remains an instrumental part of the fight to raise consciousness, and protection of human rights in the UK and worldwide, primarily against anti-LGBTQI policy.
Dr. Ranj Singh
TV Presenter, Columnist, Author, Doctor
Resident Doctor on This Morning, and recently starring in his own show, Dr Ranj: On Call, Ranj does a phenomenal job in providing representation for LGBTQI Asians in the UK. He frequently discusses the challenges surrounding LGBTQI acceptance in the media as well as in wider society. As a health columnist for Attitude, he writes on the importance of all members of the community having a better understanding of their physical and mental health.
Co-Founder, UK Black Pride
Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, DIVA Magazine Columnist, and Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, Lady Phyll has a phenomenal track record in successfully campaigning for the better treatment of BAME members of the LGBTQI community. She passionately stands up for the rights of humans across the world, famously denying an MBE in 2016 as a protest against the anti-LGBTQI laws around the world that were put in place by Britain’s colonialist regimes.
Model, Trans Activist
Munroe Bergdorf is a transgender model, performer, and activist. She has been in the modelling world since 2014, hoping to empower younger transgender children through representation, walking at both London and NYC Fashion Week. She is courageous and tireless in her activism, having been appointed LGBTQI adviser to the Labour Party in 2018, and is unafraid to call out hypocrisy in the industry and take a stand for justice and equity for all black transgender women.
Co-Chair, Pride In London
Pride In London is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing the UK’s biggest, most diverse Pride. As Co-Chair, Alison Camps is committed to ensuring that every member of the LGBTQI community is heard at the event. She is responsible for Pride’s social media campaigns: in 2020, #YouMeUsWe calls on everyone, in and out of the community, to reach out and understand one another with support. Her work allows LGBTQI people from all walks of life to celebrate and challenge prejudice together.
Michael Cashman, CBE
Member of the House of Lords
Michael Cashman’s activism has been integral to the forward momentum of LGBTQI rights for over 30 years. He is one of the founders of Stonewall, and as a member of parliament, has tirelessly fought to tackle the rise of homophobia in the European Union, and was appointed CBE in 2013 for his political services. He also famously acted on EastEnders, being the first person to portray a same-sex kiss on mainstream TV – a defiant move for the time.
Ex Welsh Rugby Captain, Campaigner
Gareth Thomas is a professional rugby player, having led the Welsh team to victory for four rugby league caps. Thomas came out as gay in 2009, which helped normalise LGBTQI individuals in the sporting world, and was awarded the most influential gay person in The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List, and received Stonewall’s Hero of the Year award. He is currently leading the Tackle HIV campaign, challenging the stigma and misunderstanding of HIV.
Hannah Graf, MBE
Patron of Mermaids, Ambassador for LGBT Sport Cymru
Previously an Officer in the British Army, Hannah Graf is the highest-ranking transgender officer, receiving an MBE for her services. Coming out in 2013, she became the Army’s Transgender Representative as a part of the Army LGBT Forum, mentoring and supporting the Army’s many transgender soldiers. Wanting to share her story with the wider public to increase awareness, Hannah has conducted interviews on multiple TV shows and advocated for transgender rights with her husband, Jake Graf.
Writer, Director, Actor, Trans Advocate
Jake Graf is the writer and director of several short films exploring gender identity, including Dusk, Brace, and Chance. Through expressing his own experiences of being transgender, Jake hopes to normalize queer and trans experiences to a greater audience, taking away the fear and misinformation that surrounds the topic. Along with his wife, Hannah Graf, he is an advocate for transgender rights in the UK, and has most recently fathered a child using his eggs that were frozen pre-transition.
Sir Ian McKellen
Actor, LGBTQI Activist
A multi-award-winning Actor of both stage and screen, Sir Ian McKellen is one of Britain’s most successful actors and an enduring LGBTQI advocate. Ian came out in 1988, shortly after Section 28 was passed, co-founding the now iconic LGBTQI rights organisation, Stonewall. His commitment to striving for legal and social equality for all LGBTQI people sees him continue to visit Secondary Schools and Universities to spread messages of positivity.
Sandi Toksvig, OBE
Writer, Actor, Comedian, Presenter, Producer
Sandi Toksvig has enjoyed a long career on British television, beginning in children’s TV in the 1980s. Since then, she has made a name for herself in comedy, appearing in Mock the Week, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and as a host on QI and The Great British Bake Off. She has been out since 1994, and has been a lifelong campaigner for LGBTQI rights. She was also the winner of Broadcaster of the Year at the 2019 DIVA Awards.
Bobby Cole Norris
Since 2012, Bobby Cole Norris has made regular appearances on the ITVBe series The Only Way Is Essex. Bobby is an openly gay man, and has spoken out about homophobic abuse he has received online. In 2019, he utilised his large social media following to create a petition to criminalize online homophobic abuse, and spoke in parliament about this campaign.
Founder, Trans In The City, Co-Chair BP Pride Transgender Group
Bobbi Pickard is an extremely active member of the transgender community, who brings her highly experienced project and programme management skills from her successful career at BP to Trans In The City, her collaborative organisation that increases awareness and education of trans issues. She has been instrumental in changing the company culture around trans issues, appearing at panel events in the UK and abroad as a Diversity Role Model.
Chief Executive, Stonewall
Taking over from Ruth Hunt, Nancy Kelley is the new Chief Executive at Stonewall, after a successful position as the Deputy Chief Executive at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen). Much of her work at NatCen saw Nancy work on changing public attitudes to LGBTQI identities and communities. As new Chief Executive, she will endeavour to ensure that the benefits of social change are felt by all members of the LGBTQI community, including BAME citizens and those in poverty.
Columnist, Author, Commentator, Activist
Owen Jones is a political commentator, journalist, and activist for the British Labour Party. His work has been published in The Independent, New Statesman, and writes a regular column for The Guardian. He is openly gay and a socialist, criticising those who give a platform to those who would incite hatred for minorities in his journalistic career. He is also the author of two books: Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, and The Establishment: How They Get Away With It.
Clare Balding, OBE
Broadcaster, Journalist, Author
With a journalistic career going back to 1994, Clare Balding is one of Britain’s foremost sports broadcasters. She has worked on The Olympic Games, The Paralympic Games, Winter Olympics, and racing for Channel 4 and the BBC. Her excellence in broadcasting has seen her win a BAFTA for her work on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She regularly attends LGBTQI industry events and is a vocal member of the community.
Founder & CEO, TBOL
A leading business and technology executive, Anthony Watson has an undeniable track record of championing LGBTQI rights and inclusion in his career. He was the first openly gay Chief Information Officer at a Fortune 100 Company (NIKE). Currently the CEO of his finance company TBOL, he is also the first Briton to be included on the board of directors at GLAAD, a Patron of Diversity Role Models, and Chair of the Labour Party’s Business & Enterprise Council, positions he holds to this day.
Actress, Radio Presenter, Model, Activist
Jameela Jamil rose to prominence through radio as the first female presenter of The Official Chart Show on BBC Radio 1. She has since made a career in acting, appearing in the comedy drama The Good Place. She uses her platform to tirelessly campaign for the rights of many, including the LGBTQI community. Unafraid to point out hypocrisy and problematic social norms, Jameela challenges notions of queer womanhood, appearing in a suit and tie on the cover of Playboy’s March 2020 On Speech issue
Member of the House of Lords
Ruth Hunt’s contributions to the LGBTQI community go all the way back to 2005, when she joined Stonewall, progressing through the company to the position of Chief Executive from 2014 to 2019. Her knowledge and skill saw through the development of campaigns to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve LGBTQI health, as well as outreach to groups from different ethnicities and religions. Her legacy is one of indefatigable, truly intersectional support of all LGBTQI people.