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30 people, places + things that make us happy

There are problems that need to be addressed but we should never forget we are amazing. No doubt. For my last issue, I wanted to showcase, in no particular order, a few of the brilliant LGBT+ people who give us all cause to celebrate Matthew Todd, editor

1 Tom Guy, Student Pride

Tom started National Student Pride (NSP) while studying architecture at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 in response to a homophobic and bigoted talk on homosexuality and the Bible put on by the Christian Union. The event has steadily grown over the years and now attracts more than 125 universities and colleges to its annual weekend festival. He also runs his own architecture practice, Guy Piper Architects, with business partner Charlie.

As well as a two-day takeover at G-A-Y, National Student Pride centres around the daytime festival (live streamed on Huffington Post) and main stage debates, tackling topical issues, and fun events. Uni and college is often the first time students are away from home and can come out, and while many are comfortable with their sexuality, others struggle to come to terms with it. NSP is open to anyone 16+ and is often the first pride event they attend. They get to see 1,000 other LGBT+ students and speakers in a safe space.

2 Danny Bowman

Newcastle-born Danny suffered with Body Dysmorphic Disorder from the age of 14 and developed an obsession with taking “the perfect selfie” to the point where he attempted suicide. Happily, now 21, he runs the Bowman Foundation which aims to lobby the government on mental health reform and improvements to services.

“I want people with mental health problems to know there is a way forward and that they can get through whatever issues they are experiencing,” he says. “There is always hope.”

3 Bisi Alimi

An angelic troublemaker incarnate, Bisi Alimi is one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT activists. In 2004 he became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on that country’s national television, a decision that resulted in death threats, forcing him to move to the UK. He has engaged with the media for social change ever since, as a public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit and campaigner.

“The UK has seen a great shift in the hearts and minds of people in the past 50 years. We can forget that people were once jailed or chemically castrated in this country for being gay just 50 years ago. Now we talk about marriage, adoption, breaking the workplace glass ceiling and about being out in sports. There are still occasions that shock us but it is our resilience, our passion, our determination that has taken us this far and this is something we should be proud of. From Nigeria to Uganda, from Russia to Ukraine, from the United States to Jamaica, there are still challenges facing the LGBT community, but our hope hangs on the reality that change is inevitable.”

3 other activists we love

JENNY-ANNE BISHOP, OBE: Tireless trans activist, working to improve the lives of trans people.

GREG OWEN: Formidable PrEP advocate and co-founder of iwantprepnow.co.uk.

SOHAIL AHMED: Prolificc gay activist who is working to reconcile the Muslim and LGBT communities.

4 Lewis Hancox

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This month, HRH Duke of Cambridge Prince William meets Attitude magazine. In an historic world exclusive, the future King of England poses for the cover of a gay magazine and meets people from the LGBT+ community to discuss the issue of bullying and mental health. Also in this issue: 30 British LGBT people, places and things to be happy about in 2016; soul queen Beverley Knight; and the super-talented Bright Light Bright Light.
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