Invite DAVID To Speak!


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.  He is a writer on social inequality 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 and The Harvey Milk Foundation.
TELEPHONE: 07800813189






My message tonight is that Somehow in some way YOU are capable of great things.

This is not a time for silence but a time to take personal responsibility, to speak out and to share our humanity; because the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of the spirit and YOU, as much as anyone, can influence real social change.

Harvey Bernard Milk, and others of his generation, fought for social progress with intelligence and creativity.

Harvey talked of breaking down the closet doors, yet for many these doors remain firmly locked; bolted both inside and out.

On the surface, it seems that society has grown more “accepting”, note the inverted commas, of the LGBT community but this, in itself, still suggests that “acceptance” is required, that we are “less than” and that our VALUE is based upon the judgment of others. (?)

ALL the “ism’s” still exist and, YES, ALL prejudices have equal importance, require of us to remain vigilant and ALL must be actively challenged.

Bigoted behaviour occurs in many different ways and can range, as YOU know, from subtle to malicious and even if Bigotry is, in theory, being addressed in the law, in policy and in procedure within schools and in the workplace, culturally the progress is much slower.

We must not allow ourselves to be defined and judged solely by sexuality or gender identity any more than we should be defined or judged by our cultural heritage, the colour of our skin, our profession, our income or even… our taste in music.

For us to effectively tackle any of the “isms”, we all must engage in actions which address discrimination and prejudicial attitudes in every area of our society; our schools and universities, our workplaces, our communities and our shopping malls.

Each and every one of us has an obligation to take responsibility for making our society safer, fairer and more inclusive and we should not rely on the good will and hard work of others to secure that just and equal society, whilst complaining that we ourselves are powerless.

Whatever YOUR strengths, whatever YOUR core character traits, there is something that YOU can do to influence change in the world.

It’s not about waving a placard or marching in a parade, unless that’s your style. Instead, it’s about finding the correct method of communication for YOU.

Sign that petition, tweet and retweet your views, repost a powerful YouTube video or an article you’ve found, Facebook or MySpace it, write to your MP, talk to, write to, email if you have to political leaders, police forces, health services, broadcasters and employers so that they too can all positively influence the way that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are perceived.

We can no longer wait for another Harvey Milk to follow or rely on the Peter Tatchell’s of this world, the pioneers, the visionaries, to fight our fight; but instead must learn ways to be tenacious, tireless and determined advocates for social equality ourselves.

We must, ourselves, find the strength, resolve and determination to lead and influence the change we want to see, to bring hope to those who have none.

Somehow in some way we too can be capable of great things.


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NBI Associates – THE Diversity and Cultural Change Specialists are currently taking bookings for a new, innovative and interactive Teacher’s CPD and Trainee Teacher Program, Embedding Equality, in which participants share good practice through a range of reflective and explorative activities.


There is a substantial discount for those who make bookings before Monday 2 September 2013 and further reductions in cost for repeat clients.


This program explores strategies for effectively embedding Equality and Diversity, though the creation and customisation of imaginative Teaching Resources, within the context of the Teachers’ Standards 2013.


The importance of Respecting Diversity and Promoting Equality within education, to meet the needs of the whole learner, is energetically explored through a variety of methods, which are securely anchored to current educational policy and philosophy.


Participants are guided towards delivering outstanding teaching and to optimising learning for ALL learners.


In this 2 hour seminar and workshop, activities pose and answer the following questions:


·        Are your teaching resources accessible for all learners?

•       Do learners require additional resources to help them to access information? (Initial assessment, support staff)

•       Are people from diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic, cultural, people with disabilities visible in course materials?

•       Do you build on learner diversity as an educational resource?


And, in line with the Teachers’ Standards 2013:

Do your resources show that you are setting high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge ALL learners?

Do they promote good progress and outcomes by ALL learners?

Do your resources demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge, which illustrate a broad knowledge of diverse specialists in your subject?

Do you plan and teach well-structured lessons which include resources which meet the needs of the whole person?

Do you adapt teaching and resources to respond to the strengths and needs of all learners?

Do you make accurate and productive use of assessment which caters for the needs of all learners?

Does your creation or customisation of resources aid the management of behaviour effectively and ensure a good and safe learning environment?

Does your creation and customisation of resources aid to the fulfilment of your wider professional responsibilities.


Contact Program Director, David E Watters at DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk or on 07800813189

for further information.


Visit our website for the full range of courses that we offer: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/




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 The Harvey Milk Foundation.


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.






Invite DAVID To Speak!








Open Letter to Ellen DeGeneres

Open Letter to Ellen DeGeneres


Hi there Ellen.

At the risk of stalking you Ellen, being that I have followed your work for many years and have admired your equality advocacy and ability to live a truly successful and authentic life, I’m hoping that you’ll support my Give ’em Hope Campaign by partnering and promoting the work that we do internationally to support the LGBTQ community and beyond.

The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inspirational online video initiative to inspire and uplift those who feel marginalized or isolated. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most.

The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants. Stage Two of the campaign has included written stories of HOPE from those who have freed themselves from limiting labels and who can now celebrate their individuality.

We have successfully asked contributors to write their story or make and send a video to: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

Here is a link to the fb group for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveEmHope/

Please join us in publicizing this campaign and help us to continue helping many more people feel that their lives have value and purpose.

Best wishes, David Watters

NBI ASSOCIATES – Change Begins Within

PROFESSIONAL EMAIL: DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk
PERSONAL EMAIL: david.equality.watters@gmail.com




Delivering RESPECT – Diversity in Education

I am currently delivering a cultural enhancement initiative at a college in the UK.

Called, the RESPECT CAMPAIGN, and initially a training program aimed at facilitating understanding of the Equality Act 2010, so that students develop an awareness of all 9 protected characteristics (disability, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sex and age), the initiative looks at how discriminatory behaviour towards anyone who holds one or more of these, and that means anyone, is unacceptable.

The Equality Act has brought together a range of separate laws which previously covered areas such as disability and race and has created a balanced and fair approach to how discrimination is viewed and responded to within law.

There is an obligation for service providers, including educational institutions, to comply with this legislation and train staff on equality and diversity issues.

The training was aimed at students to encourage more respectful behaviour towards others, within and outside the classroom, but, in order to do this, the tutors themselves have had to attend a variety of workshop sessions.

There is a tangible cultural shift and particular interest from certain staff and students who understand the relevance and importance of such training.

Recently, I’ve been invited to some lessons where students have asked more about the reasons for the RESPECT CAMPAIGN and they have wanted to know of any challenges and successes.

Two questions are below – more will follow in future blogs on this subject.

Question: Do you find it harder to implement the respect campaign within the vocational courses such as construction and mechanics?

Answer: Vocational courses, particularly those you mention, may have been more challenging potentially, or that may have been the assumption. By assuming this we may have been stereotyping these students as a group who share the historically sexist, perhaps homophobic, attitudes of a male dominated industry. Interestingly, it has been found that people of this generation are more open to diversity and this includes the students on these courses. Not all, of course, but many have a better understanding of and awareness of social inequality and for those who hold prejudiced views there has been an opportunity for them to express these and hear other views. Ultimately, we learn from others and the tutors have been a key part in delivering the training in a way which facilitates safe and open discussion.

Question: Are certain areas of the respect campaign more sucessful than others?

Answer: we structured the training in a way which allowed tutors time to build towards the more challenging parts, or less well understood parts, so that they had the confidence to find their own feet in how they approach the different topics. By giving tutors the resources, handbooks, power points, handouts and training in advance and by emphasising that their role is to facilitate, not teach, and to always remain unbiased, the tutors have no need to be experts themselves. Each issue, topic, is equally important and the students are only to know how prejudice of any form is unacceptable – in relation to how they behave in college and the workplace. We can’t change beliefs, but we can reinforce a better awareness that certain behaviours are not correct.

For more info email DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk



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 pinklist@independent.co.uk; 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.



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.”
Extract from a profile of David Watters on 10,000 Couples  by Rev. Heidi Mann. FULL PROFILE:http://10thousandcouples.com/issue/april-2011/article/someone-you-should-know-david-e-watters

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 (Rent), Colton Ford (The Lair), Marcus Patrick (My Wife & KidsCSI: MiamiPassions 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,Jack MacKenroth (Project RunwayQueens of Drag: NYC), Rabbi Denise EgerLt. Dan Choi and veteran human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell; filmmakerParvez Sharma (A Jihad for Love); musicians Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) 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 McMahonAntoine Spiteri and Dr. John Shafer; writers Tom Robb Smith (Child 44, The Secret Speech), Leslea Newman (A Letter to Harvey Milk),Linda Goldman (Coming Out, Coming In), Michael Musto (The Village Voice);  Del Shores (Sordid Lives) and Stephanie Silberstein (Shades of Gay); representatives from organizations including The Trevor ProjectThe Harvey Milk Foundation,PFLAGFireFLAGThe Gay Police Association andSchools Out and colleagues of Harvey Milk; Anne KronenbergDaniel Nicoletta and Tom Ammiano.


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. 
He is a writer and speaker on social inequality issues and is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK.
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.




Find out more about David Equality Watters by following these links:






Endorsements: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Endorsements.html






“Give ’em Hope” Hadassah D Gavi Chayim

The first and beautifully candid and inspiring video for my Give ’em Hope Campaign. Thank you Hadassah.

Hadassah tells us, “To summarize my own story using the Afterword I wrote and sharing more words on how I’ve pulled through and come out of the closet I hope to give hope to LGBT-APIQ individuals. They should know that they are valid not only to others but mainly to themselves and that higher self-esteem is the key. I created this video as part of the “Give ‘Em Hope” Campaign started by David E. Watters with NBI Associates (UK)”

The book that Hadassah refers to is “Shades of Gay” by Stephanie Silberstein.


Join the NBI Associates “Give ’em Hope” campaign on youtube:


David E. Watters

NBI Associates



What an honor and what validation. Many thanks to Heidi and Delena. Check out this great website.


Someone You Should Know: David E. Watters

David Watters: “Equality” is his middle name — literally!

Someone You Should Know: David E. Watters

Reintroducing David Equality Watters

You know how, if we’re really passionate about something – say, gardening – we might say, “Gardening is my middle name”? Well, “Equality” is David Watters’ middle name – literally!

David tells how he legally added “Equality” to his name at the age of 40. “To me it was symbolic and something that I did to mark my 40th year on the planet – 40 years of inequality – and to remind myself that there is still work to be done. I believe that those who have inserted ‘Equality’ into their online profile names are also making it clear to others that victory in the battle for equal rights is still some way off. It opens conversation and debate too.”

We at 10,000 Couples first got to know David last fall when he shared news about the Equal Love Campaign in the UK – an effort to obtain a legal ruling that neither marriage nor civil partnership should be limited by a couple’s gender(s) or sexual orientation(s). Throughout 2011, David is contributing to 10,000 Couples, introducing us to the eight couples who have filed applications “in the European Court of Human Rights to overturn the twin bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships” (Peter Tatchell). See David’s first couple-profile here.

David is also author of the forthcoming book Never Blend In: The Legacy of Harvey Milk, featuring key voices from the LGBT community with the goal of inspiring and encouraging “those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity” (NBI Associates website)

David’s Latest Undertakings

David with Alan Cummingpictured, David with Alan Cumming

In fact, 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, which David himself explains in the video below.

In response to my question of whether NBI is specifically geared toward the LGBT community, David explained that he doesn’t find it useful to label people – that he believes

David speaking at Vigil

“the best approach, with regards to understanding our common human experience, is to be fully inclusive and to acknowledge that there are similarities in the way society can limit us all by the labels that are attached.” He went on to explain that “NBI is absolutely open to anyone wishing to look at where they are ‘stuck’ and why. It’s about understanding that our beliefs inform our choices and our behaviors.” David offers one-on-one coaching via Skype, email, or in person, to any individual who wants to move forward in life. NBI uses Cognitive Behavior and Performing Arts strategies and tailors workshops to meet the needs of individual, academic (both students and staff), and corporate clients.

David E. Watters Sidebar

School workshops cover such topics as Labeling, Self-Esteem, Confidence, Interdependence, and Goal Setting, as well as those designed specifically for Performing Arts students. Business workshops explore Change in the Workplace, Equality & Diversity, Owning Your Goals, Assertiveness at Work, Public Speaking, Giving & Receiving Feedback, Team-Building, and more. (See sidebar for descriptions of some of NBI’s Student workshops.)

David & Richard

David shares his life with his partner, Richard, whom he met when both were living in South East London. The couple has been together for seven years. Says David, “I think that we are incredibly well suited (and for the purpose of this article, Richard agrees!). We want the same things and have always managed to be strong and supportive when the other needs it. We have experienced the usual ups and downs that life sends, but the older or wiser one gets, [the more] one realizes that without the bad, the good has less value.”

David and Richard

David continues, “I admire and respect Richard more than anyone I’ve ever met. I think that we have been a good influence on each other. He teaches me not to stress out, and I teach him (he would say push) to take on new challenges. The Equal Love Campaign would not be something that Richard would have put himself forward for, but I know that he is secretly proud to be part of such an historic initiative.”

Richard has two adult children and a grandchild on the way. David feels blessed to be fully included in Richard’s family and proud to be a part of their lives. He states, “I love it when they come to me for support or advice; it’s like being a dad without having to have dealt with all the teething and dirty diapers!”

David sums up his and Richard’s relationship this way: “We’re just a ‘normal’ couple doing ‘normal’ things and trying to do the best we can to get by in life – we’re just as boring as the next couple!”

To which this author, having read much of the content on the various websites for David’s multiple ambitious, global-society-impacting, high-intensity, much-effort-requiring projects, responds with an “I’m not buying it” sort of smile: “Normal? Boring? Um, yeah… right!!”



NBI ASSOCIATES: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk

“GIVE ‘EM HOPE” CAMPAIGN: https://neverblendin.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/give-em-hope-david-e-watters-hd/




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