For the remainder of 2015 and perhaps beyond, I will be talking on Your Gay News about Role Models, about our Heroes and Sheroes, the trailblazers, the ones who have opened the floodgates or those who have more subtly had an impact upon the perceptions of LGBTQIA etc people and upon our/their place in the world.

I grew up seeing caricatuires, effeminate men, stereotypes and safe homely closeted celebrities. I saw no-one relatable although I was drawn to the colourful and the bold characters in 80’s pop music, such as Boy George, Marilyn, Pete Burns and attracted to the likes of Jimmy Somerville and Frankie Goes to Hollywood; Somerville being the most like myself, a small-town Scottish boy who wanted to run away and question WHY?

Those who live authentically, openly and unashamedly are shining a light on the remarkable diversity that really exists in the world and in doing so they shine their light, the shine a light on the hypocrisy of assimilation and they allow us to reveal our own unique light. We are given permission to live without apology, from those who have defied the oppressive demands to blend in and conform.

Conformity makes others feel safe because it simplifies the world into neat, comfortable categories. Conformity perpetuates a lie and conformity is ultimately what will force us to die a little with each passing day.

So, my desire, with this series of reflections, is to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and achievements of our predecessors.

Who do you count as a Hero or SHEro? LGBTQIA or Straight-Allie?

Let me know and possibly have them featured on Your Gay News in the near future.

Biographies, achievements, impact, quotes…let’s celebrate all that is great about those who got us to where we are today and maybe even those who are getting us even further up the food chain today.






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 (, 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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