TOSSING AND TURNING


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My mind is racing with plans and excitement. A new year and a new surge of energy has me all fired up!

Long may it last.

440am here though so I should be asleep – What to do???

I should probably get off social network sites and stop emailing people about the book but I’m just so excited about the future – to think some people need drugs to get this buzz!

That coffee was a bad idea…mmmm, coffee. Should I make another one? I could just send a few more emails.

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Should I just stay awake all night? I could get so much work done.

What to do??? What to do?

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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.

Juliet Jacques

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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.

Michael Cashman

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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

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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.

Monty Moncrieff

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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”

Mobeen Azhar

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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 Stewart

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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”.

Rikki Beadle-Blair

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Film-maker
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.

Anthony Watson

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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.[1] 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.

facebook.com/SimmonsDenise
http://www.denisesimmons.com/

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Bevan Dufty

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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.

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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