It’s going to be a very happy New Year!
Exciting news about latest contributors to the book http://m.nbiassociates.co.uk/#/Never-Blend-In.html
I’ve recently gone on a tweeting spree to engage with LGBT trailblazers whom I’ve admired and wanted in the book for some time.
Sometimes the formal channels reach dead ends and I decided to try the twitter route. I’m so grateful for the quick and positive responses that have been received.
I’m hoping to arrange interviews very soon and look forward to starting 2015 with some inspiring conversations.
Writes for The Guardian, New Statesman, TimeOut and various other publications and websites. Orwell Prize long list 2011, journalists’ section of The Independent on Sunday’s Pink List 2012, Justin Campaign co-founder. Ex-footballer, DJ and musician.
Labour Party special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide
The Limehouse-born actor, now well-loved politician, was once Colin in EastEnders, one half of the first gay kiss on mainstream British TV. Then he became a Member of the European Parliament for 15 years until May this year, and now, at 63, a member of the House of Lords. A founder of Stonewall in 1989, he has long been a campaigner for LGBT rights.
He was appointed a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours. He and his partner of 20 years, Paul Cottingham, were among the first couples to register their civil partnership, in March 2006. Cottingham died of cancer last month, and when Lord Cashman took his seat in the Lords five days later, he said:“Beside me, unseen by others, will be the love of my life, Paul Cottingham.”
Dr Kate Stone
Dr Stone became famous when she was gored by a stag, and the media focused not on her PhD or her TED talk, but on her status as a trans woman. Working with All About Trans and the old Press Complaints Commission, she received an unprecedented six apologies from newspapers.
CEO, London Friend
Under Moncrieff’s leadership London Friend, the health and mental well-being organisation, won the Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards 2014. Moncrieff has written in Pink News about the dangers of drug use and “chemsex”
The practising Muslim first came to our attention for the award-winning Radio 4 programme Inside Gay Pakistan. He has since produced Woolwich: The Untold Story for Panorama, and has worked on prostitution documentaries Jodie Marsh On… The Game, and Boy For Rent.
Jay is co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, an organisation that delivers creative workshops to trans people under 25. He manages various arts-based projects and is studying for his PhD, entitled “Trans on Telly: Popular Documentary and the Production of Transgender Knowledge”.
Passionate about producing thought-provoking films, music and performances, Beadle-Blair this year released Blackbird – a film about a young singer struggling with his sexuality in a Southern Baptist community. He also released a film on homophobic bullying to all UK schools.
Global CIO, Nike
Formerly the global chief information officer at Barclays, the Diversity Roles Models patron joined Nike earlier this year. The European Diversity Awards chair has been given an Adcolor Award and was listed as an influential business leader by the Financial Times.
Additionally, I will be in contact today with the equally influential and inspiring Denise Simmons and Bevan Dufty
Denise Simmons is former Mayor of Cambridge, and current City Councilor.
E. Denise Simmons was the mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts during the 2008-2009 term, (United States) and she was the first openly lesbian African-American mayor in the United States. The previous mayor of Cambridge, Kenneth Reeves, was the first openly gay African-American mayor in the United States. As Cambridge mayor, Simmons served as head of the city’s legislative body—while the non-elected city manager serves as the city’s chief executive officer.
Bevan Dufty (born February 27, 1955) is an American politician and Director of HOPE (Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement) for the City and County of San Francisco. In 2012, Dufty was elected to serve as a Member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Previously, he was a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was elected in 2002 to represent the City’s 8th District, succeeding Mark Leno. Dufty was re-elected as Supervisor in 2006 and was termed out in 2011.