The Independent on Sunday’s annual Pink List returns next month, celebrating the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women in Britain.
Since the list was last published in 2010, we can add to the list an England cricketer (Steven Davies), an X Factor winner (Joe McElderry) and a chart-topping singer (Jessie J). But influence is not all about hitting a boundary or appearing at Glastonbury on a gilded throne.
Of course, it takes courage to be gay in the public eye – particularly in the world of sport, for instance, or for women who aspire to thrive in a career in television. Last year, we awarded the joint number one position to the rugby player Gareth Thomas and Mary Portas, the Queen of Shops.
But there are many more people who daily improve life in this country without their work ever receiving applause. Campaigners who effect the first small changes that eventually become written into law. Volunteers who work with young people. They too deserve our garlands of praise.
This year, then, we would like to ask for your help. Do you know an unsung champion whose work promotes real progress and equality in this country? Is there someone whose name should be celebrated alongside national treasures such as Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Bennett, Sue Perkins and Jeanette Winterson? We want you to let us know.
You can send your nominations in the following ways: by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post your nomination at:www.independent.co.uk/pinklist2011; and by post: Pink List,The Independent on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. A panel of high-profile judges will pore over your suggestions and bring you their final 101 on 23 October.
Each year, the Pink List receives its fair share of praise and censure. And the ever-increasing number of worthy nominees proves that being gay is less and less of a defining factor. Here is proof that gay men and women can be sporting legends, or courageous soldiers, or actors, cabinet ministers, judges or dancers – anything at all.
As for the definition of influential – this time, that’s up to you. Let us know who inspires you. And if that person happens to be a chart-topping singer or a sporting star – well, we’re happy to consider them for the list, too.
DAVID E. WATTERS - TRAFALGAR SQUARE LONDON - 2010
Why nominate David Equality Watters (David Watters)?
Well, he is currently fighting for marriage equality at the European Court of Human Rights as part of the Equal Love Campaign (www.equallove.org.uk), he writes on social inequality for http://www.ambiente.us, 10,000 Couples, Polari and other sites, as a motivational speaker he has spoken at the NO to Hate Vigil in Trafalgar Square London alongside Peter Tatchell and Stuart Milk and additionally speaks regularly in the media about Equal Love and other areas of social inequality, he is the founder and coordinator of the GIVE ‘EM HOPE CAMPAIGN and with his students and newly founded Andover Choir For Everyone, he will be staging a Pro-Equality Festival in 2012.
Additionally, he is Director of NBI Associates (www.nbiassociates.co.uk), a company founded with the sole purpose of eradicating labels, raising self-esteem and helping individuals to achieve their true potential.
David is also currently running an online auction to raise money for HIV/AIDS Charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust:www.youtube.com/watch?v=od7NJt5kmDE
His first book, NEVER BLEND IN, should be completed later in 2011. More information of this below.
Nominating David Equality Watters would raise the profile of his Give ’em Hope Campaign (http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html) and give it much needed publicity.
Go to this online form to nominate David Equality Watters!!!
OUR CAMPAIGN NEEDS THIS EXPOSURE.www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/article2359718.ece
“…all that David does involves assisting people – any and all people – to live authentically, to no longer accept the judgments and limitations imposed on them by others, and to believe in themselves as valid individuals. To that end, he has recently undertaken two new endeavors: NBI Associates, an organization which empowers people to make personal and professional transformations, and the “Give ‘em Hope” video campaign on YouTube.”
Logo designed by Sherri Higgs
NEVER BLEND IN is an accessible book about achieving personal authenticity, a groundbreaking and vital book of exclusive celebrity and deeply personal non-celebrity interviews, which is aimed primarily at a young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning audience. The book, however, is also of value to educators, parents, family and mental health professionals seeking insight into the LGBTQ experience.
Role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency services, politics, religion and sports have participated in this much needed discourse to illuminate the reader’s journey of self-discovery and to illustrate that living a life unlimited by labels will lead to personal, professional and spiritual fulfilment.
These candid stories and wise words are a powerful toolkit to encourage, inspire, uplift and give hope to those who need it most; those who may feel disenfranchised or who may lack self-belief.
Inspired by the life of Harvey Milk and with a foreword by his nephew Stuart Milk, this book includes original and insightful interviews with actors Alan Cumming OBE
(Cabaret, Spy Kids, The Good Wife
), Stephen Fry
(Peter’s Friends, Wilde)
, Anthony Rapp
), Colton Ford (The Lair
), Marcus Patrick
(My Wife & Kids
, CSI: Miami
and Dancing With The Stars), Scotch Ellis Loring (Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle, 24, Alias, Touched by An Angel) and Adele Anderson (Fascinating Aida)
; key equality advocates, educators and influencers of policy Sue Sanders
(Schools Out), Charles Robbins
(CEO, The Trevor Project), Stephen Williams MP
, Queens of Drag: NYC
), Rabbi Denise Eger
, Lt. Dan Choi
and veteran human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell
; filmmakerParvez Sharma
(A Jihad for Love
); musicians Darren Hayes
) and Levi Kreis
(Tony Award winner for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” for his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet)
; sporting greats, NBA star, John Amaechi
(author of Man in the Middle
) and Olympic swimmer Bruce Hayes
; transgender trailblazers Calpernia Addams
, the Rev David E. Weekley
(author of In from the Wilderness
) and Jamison Green
(author of Becoming a Visible Man
); Mental Health professionals, Gladeana McMahon
, Antoine Spiteri
and Dr. John Shafer; writers Tom Robb Smith
(Child 44, The Secret Speech
), Leslea Newman
(A Letter to Harvey Milk
(Coming Out, Coming In
), Michael Musto
(The Village Voice
); Del Shores
) and Stephanie Silberstein
(Shades of Gay
); representatives from organizations including The Trevor Project
, The Harvey Milk Foundation
, The Gay Police Association
and colleagues of Harvey Milk; Anne Kronenberg
, Daniel Nicoletta
and Tom Ammiano
STALKING ALAN CUMMING
These stories of living authentically, with dignity and unlimited by labels will help readers to understand how self esteem determines the path they choose and that life need not be a self fulfilling prophecy when they improve self-concept, drive out fear and embrace new challenges as opportunities to learn and grow, eliminate self imposed limitations and cease dependence on others to provide validity.
Harvey Milk’s legacy is the growing number of proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who refuse to live their lives limited by the judgment of others.
The various voices in this book candidly and sincerely share their wisdom and belief that we can be an important part of society without blending in; that we can live with 100% authenticity, unlimited by labels; that we shouldn’t be expected to compromise our identity to find acceptance and everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender identity, has a right to fully live.
There is practical advice and guidance from the LGBT community on how life need not be a self-fulfilling prophecy and that by recognizing that our “truth” has been shaped through our relationships, our environment and our experiences, we can begin to change our perceptions, heighten our self-esteem and move toward our personal and professional goals with clear vision and purpose….
About the Author
Since graduating from The Institute of Education, University of London, David has gone on to train with LEAP, as a mediator, and is a qualified facilitator for The Pacific Institute.
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.
As Director of NBI Associates, David devises and delivers engaging, enjoyable and interactive workshops utilizing Cognitive Behavioural and Performing Arts strategies for individual, corporate and academic clients.
He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out and The Harvey Milk Foundation.
WATCH SOME VIDEOS HERE OF JUST SOME OF DAVID’S WORK:
Find out more about David Equality Watters by following these links: