Talk:Pride Power List 2015

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Dean Atta Poet Atta’s poem about Stephen Lawrence went viral in 2012. He writes about homophobia in hip-hop.

Rikki Beadle-Blair Actor, director, screenwriter A man of many talents, who has written and directed many LGBT productions. Stephen Beresford Actor, screenwriter Best known for writing Pride, the film in which lesbians and gays support 80s striking miners.

Paul Burston Writer Founder and host of award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari.

Jane Czyzselska Editor of DIVA magazine Editor of DIVA magazine since 2004. Also a media commentator and columnist.

Russell T Davies Director, screenwriter Famous for dramas such as Queer As Folk, and Channel 4 / E4 series’ Banana and Cucumber.

Carol Ann Duffy Poet, playwright The first scottish openly LGBT woman to be appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate.

Stella Duffy Writer, performer, director Author of 13 novels and countless short stories. She won Stonewall writer of the year in 2010.

Kate Moross Designer, illustrator, art director Produced nationwide campaigns for Cadburys and Topshop and illustrations for Vogue Magazine.

Patrick Strudwick British journalist, activist Writes for various newspapers and websites, including Buzzfeed, The Guardian, and Attitude.


Bisi Alimi Campaigner Bisi works as an HIV consultant and on global LGBT advocacy.

Ruth Hunt Campaigner CEO of Stonewall who helped develop the campaign for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.

Caroline Murphy Campaigner Labour activist, union delegate and a campaigner on LGBT issues and violence against women.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah Campaigner Founder and managing director of UK Black Pride to promote unity among LGBT black people.

Lance Price Campaigner Ex-BBC journalist and adviser to the Blair government. Founded the Kaleidoscope Trust

Sue Sanders Campaigner LGBT rights campaigner, co-founder of LGBT History Month and chair of Schools OUT UK.

Edwin Sesange Campaigner African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond group President and gay rights activist.

Tim Sigsworth Campaigner CEO of the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports homeless LGBT young people.

Ben Summerskill Campaigner Ex CEO of Stonewall and recipient of the 2015 British LGBT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Peter Tatchell Campaigner Gay rights activist, whose recent campaigns focus on anti-gay laws in Uganda and Russia.


Clare Balding Television presenter, journalist TV host of high-profile sporting events. Awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to broadcasting.

Alan Carr Comedian, television presenter His Channel 4 show, Chatty Man (12th series), won a BAFTA in 2014 and an RTS award in 2015.

Stephen Fry Writer, actor, television presenter Gay rights advocate, who is outspoken on matters from equal marriage, to the Sochi Olympics.

Elton John Singer, songwriter, composer, pianist A fantastic role model for gay parenting, raising two boys alongside husband David Furnish.

Sir Ian McKellen Actor, activist An award-winning actor and a co-founder of Stonewall, the gay rights organisation.

Graham Norton Television and radio presenter Top TV chat show host and winner of the 2015 British LGBT Awards Broadcaster of the Year.

Paul O’Grady Comedian, television presenter Daytime talk show and Radio 2 host, also patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Heather Peace Actress, singer, songwriter Patron of Manchester Pride and involved in a number of charities, including DRM and AKT.

Sue Perkins Comedian, television presenter Host of The Great British Bake Off. Featured on the Rainbow List since 2008 and #6 in 2014.

Russell Tovey Actor Openly gay actor, best known for his roles in Him & Her, Being Human and Banished.


Lord Alli Media entrepreneur, politician The first openly gay peer, who has used his position to repeal LGBT laws.

Mhairi Black MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South The youngest MP to be elected to parliament since 1832.

Lord Cashman of Limehouse Politician, former MEP, actor Labour Peer and co-founder of Stonewall. Former actor on TV soap, EastEnders.

Ruth Davidson MP for Glasgow Openly gay Scottish politician, currently leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Angela Eagle Labour MP for Wallasey Parliament’s first openly lesbian member when she came out in 1997.

Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green Conservative MP, who came out during a speech over the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

Wes Streeting Labour MP for Ilford North Elected in the 2015. Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Redbridge.

Margot James Conservative MP for Stourbridge The first openly lesbian candidate to be elected to the party when she came out in 2010.

Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Openly gay welsh politician, voted for in the May 2015 general election.

Ivan Massow London mayoral candidate Gay rights campaigner who has launched a 2015 bid to become Mayor of London.

Business Leaders

Christopher Bailey Chief Creative/Exec Officer, Burberry Mentor to emerging British creative talent from the Royal College of Art.

Alison Berryman CEO Barclaycard UK Member of their LGBT network, Spectrum. Works to create an open and diverse workforce.

Claudia Brind-Woody Vice President and MD, IBM One of the most senior out executives at IBM. Co-chairs their Global LGBT Executive Taskforce

Lord Browne Former CEO of BP Called on CEOs to take responsibility for setting the right tone around LGBT inclusion at work

Alison McFadyen Head of Audit, Standard Chartered Active member of the bank’s LGBT Network and regular speaker at events.

Mary Portas Retail consultant, television presenter Consulted by the government to revive the fortunes of the high street.

Huma Qazi MD, Coaching and HR consultancy An advocate for raising awareness, especially on LGBT in the workplace and in schools.

Antonio Simoes Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UK Has increased the visibility of LGBT issues at HSBC. Works with their Pride networks.

Anthony Watson President and CEO, Bitreserve First British and non-American citizen to be appointed to the Board of Directors of GLAAD.

Andy Woodfield Partner, PwC Created the LGBT network GLEE@PwC. Takes a keen interest in LGBTI and Human Rights.

Workplace Heroes

Liz Bingham Managing Partner, EY An active member of associations connected to gender, diversity and LGBT. Stonewall Ambassador

Suran Dickson CEO, Diversity Role Models Founder of Diversity Role Models – working to prevent homophobic and gender-based bullying.

Claire Harvey Inclusive Leadership Consultant, KPMG Captain, Team GB Paralympic sitting volleyball team, 2012. Assistant Director, Youth Sport Trust.

Vinay Kapoor D&I Manager, BNP Paribas Founded BNP Paribas’ Diversity Week, ensuring inclusion is an integral part of the bank’s work.

Robert Kerse Exec Director Finance, Circle Housing Named as one of the most inspiring LGBT Business Leaders in the Financial Times

Mark MacKenzie MBE Capability Development Specialist, TFL Founding member of TfL’s LGBT network and led the group’s support for Pride in London

Tim Jarman Assistant Director of D&I, EY Tim leads EY’s strategy for LGBT issues across the UK and Ireland.

Mark McLane Global Head of D&I, Barclays Developed a strategy focusing on diversity for Barclays, one of Stonewall’s Top 10 employers.

Nicky Moffat Consultant, Ex-brigadier British Army Formerly the most senior woman in the British Army, now runs a leadership consultancy.

Toby Whitehouse Director, Gaydio One of the Directors and co-founders of Gaydio, leading gay radio station.

Daniel Winterfeldt Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP Founder and co-chair of the Interlaw Diversity Forum and the Purple Reign campaign.


Sarah Brown Activist, politician Liberal Democrat, who was, for a time, the only openly transgender elected politician in the UK.

Jane Fae Writer, feminist Writes about important issues of political and sexual liberty.

Jacqui Gavin ViceChair of a:gender Former model who is a gender and Diversity Role Model. Also helps to organise Liverpool Pride.

Stephanie Hirst Radio presenter Openly transgender radio presenter, best known for hosting Hit40UK on Capital FM Yorkshire.

Ayla Holdom Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Britain’s only openly transgender military pilot in the RAF.

Kellie Maloney Boxing manager and promoter Most famous for managing Lennox Lewis, before publicly announcing that she was transgender.

Juno Roche Teacher, speaker Former teacher, now working to support other transgender teachers’ visibility and rights.

Kate Stone Scientist Won Press Complaints Commission negotiation after her transgender status was published.

Amy Stanning Shared Services Director, Barclays PLC Co-chair for Spectrum, the bank’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employee network.

Stephen Whittle OBE Activist A professor of Equalities Law in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Charity and Community

Albert Kennedy Trust LGBT youth homeless charity Supporting young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

Broken Rainbow LGBT charity Raising awareness to, and combating same-sex domestic violence and abuse.

Ditch The Label Anti-bullying charity Providing support to those who are bullied in online and offline environments.

Diversity Role Models Anti-bullying charity Seeks to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools.

GALOP Anti-LGBT hate crime charity Helping victims of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

The Gender Trust Gender identity charity Helping those who are affected by gender identity issues.

The Kaleidoscope Trust Human Rights Charity The Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of LGBT people.

Mermaids Transgender charity Supporting children and teenagers with gender identity issues.

Opening Doors LGBT charity Focuses on meeting the needs of older LGBT communities.

Stonewall LGBT rights charity Working for equality and justice for all LGBT people.


Rylan Clark Television presenter Rose to fame on X Factor and Big Brother, before becoming a host of Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.

Tom Daley Olympic diver Olympic diving gold medallist who came out publicly in 2013, by posting a video on YouTube.

Evan Davis Journalist, television presenter An economist, journalist and presenter who is the current host of Newsnight.

Paris Lees Journalist, transgender activist Was the first trans woman presenter on both BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4.

Jack Monroe Writer, campaigner Gained fame through writing a blog about living as an impoverished single parent struggling to feed herself and her son on £10/week.

Leng Montgomery D&I advocate, media commentator Volunteers with Diversity Role Models and speaks regularly about trans issues.

Kathryn Nawrockyi Director of Opportunity Now An ambassador for Albert Kennedy Trust and a Diversity Role Model.

Scott Nunn Photographer, journalist Co-founder of Gay Star News one of the top LGBT news sites in the world.

Tris Reid-Smith Director, editor, journalist Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Gay Star News.

Gok Wan Television presenter Best known for his Channel 4 television programme, How to Look Good Naked