Stonewall today launches a new guide for young people who think they might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. Launched today ahead of Saturday’s National Coming Out Day, Coming Out: Answers to Some of the Questions You May Have discusses in plain English issues including religion, having children, getting married and bullying at school.


Stonewall’s Wayne Dhesi joined TOWIE’s Charlie King and the Daily Star’s James Ingham on This Morning to discuss the importance of coming out and some of the issues that young people still face.


Stonewall’s research shows that homophobic bullying remains endemic in British schools and that many young people still feel isolated and unsupported when coming out. Coming Out provides practical information on how to talk to friends and family as well as information on how to access support that is available across the country.


Wayne Dhesi, Stonewall’s Youth Coordinator, said: ‘Coming out can be a daunting and confusing time for young people. Our latest guidance addresses many of the common questions that this process presents in a positive and down-to-earth way that young people can relate to and understand.’


Stonewall’s Coming Out guide follows on from ‘So you think your child is gay?’ – a guide for parents who think their child might be lesbian, gay or bisexual. The new resource will be distributed to local authorities, schools, libraries and community and youth groups across Britain.


Coming Out: Answers to Some of the Questions You May Have can be downloaded from Stonewall’s website:



The festive season made an early appearance in Liverpool today as an all-star cast officially launched the biggest panto in town, Jack and the Beanstalk at the Epstein Theatre.


LHK Productions return to the Epstein Theatre this Christmas with one of the world’s favourite fairy tales from Thu 11 Dec 2014 – Sun 4 Jan 2015 for an incredible 49 shows. As always the show promises to deliver the incredible fun of traditional pantomime with a fresh twist that made the acclaimed Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Aladdin such huge, runaway successes.

LHK are renowned for bringing top stars to the stage in all of their productions and 2014 is no exception, in what promises to be the greatest celebrity cast yet.


Certain to get hearts fluttering right across Liverpool, ITV’s Towie and Splash star Dan Osborne is set to tread the boards for the very first time as he makes his panto debut as leading man Jack.  Also coming to panto for the very first time is the Fairy Godmother of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings Thelma Madine - swapping the needle and thread for a magic wand and donning a fabulous frock of her own when she stars as the Fairy.


After entertaining audiences at last year’s panto as the Magic Mirror, Celebrity hairdresser and beauty guru Herbert of Liverpool makes a welcome return as the voice of the Giant. Brookside’s Suzanne Collins returns to the Liverpool stage as Mrs Fleshcreep and Grease is the Word’s Alison Crawford returns to the Epstein as Jill completing this year’s glamorous, star-studded cast.


This gigantic production promises a whole host of Christmas fun in another magical show at the Epstein Theatre. With magic beans in abundance, a beanstalk reaching the heavens, golden geese and hungry giants, this show really is too big to miss.  Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect family treat and runs from Thu 11 Dec 2014 – Sun 4 Jan 2015.


Performance details:

Jack and The Beanstalk

Epstein Theatre, Hanover House, Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DZ

Thursday 11th December 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015

Tickets from £12.50

Performance times vary, please check with Theatre Box Office.

To book call 0844 888 4411, visit or book in person at the theatre box office (open 2pm-6pm Mon-Thu & 12pm-6pm Fri-Sat)

Or via TicketQuarter: To book call 0844 8000 410 or visit




Stonewall today announces its final nominees ahead of the annual Stonewall Awards ceremony, to be held on 6 November at the V&A. This year’s ceremony – which will also celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary – will be hosted by legendary comedian Julian Clary.


The Awards, supported by Bloomberg, E.ON, Google, Paddy Power and State Street, celebrate the positive contribution of individuals and organisations towards improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.


Lynne Featherstone MP and Lord Cashman are nominated as Politician of the Year for their longstanding support for equality, alongside Lord Fowler, who played a vital role as Health Secretary during the 1980s in raising public awareness of HIV and has since been a staunch advocate of equality, Kerry McCarthy MP, who has used her role as a Shadow Foreign Office Minister to champion LGBT equality and Alex Neil MSP who deftly led the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through the Scottish Parliament.


Nominees for Broadcast of the Year include the critically acclaimed film Pride, a heart-warming look at the unlikely alliance between gay activists and striking miners,  long-running soap favourite Eastenders, which saw dad Danny Dyer support his gay son Johnny, and Netflix’s ground-breaking Orange is the New Black. BBC’s Rev and E4’s My Mad Fat Diary are also nominated for their sensitive portrayal of gay characters and issues.


Biscuit, a vibrant new online hub for bisexual women is nominated as Publication of the Year alongside Buzzfeed, i newspaper, the new and refreshed and Property Week, whose detailed look at homophobia in the world of property has earned them their nomination.


Matthew Cain’s Shot Through the Heart lands him a nomination for Writer of the Year alongside Armistead Maupin, who broke hearts across the world as he brought the Tales of the City series to a close with The Days of Anna Madrigal. Sarah Waters’ post war page turner The Paying Guests, Neil Bartlett’s The Disappearance Boy and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series are also nominated.


Arsenal and England player Casey Stoney leads the nominees for Sports Award of the Year alongside Thomas Hitzlsperger, Michael Sam, Pride House and Stonewall FC.


Emmerdale’s Alicya Eyo is nominated as Entertainer of the Year alongside Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson, Sandi Toksvig, presenter of The News Quiz, and Russell Tovey.


Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall’s Director of Fundraising, said: ‘Julian Clary is an absolute national treasure and we’re delighted that he’ll be hosting this year’s Awards. He’s the perfect person to help us recognise some of the incredible talent in Britain and around the world who are improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.’


Tickets for the Stonewall Awards on 6 November are on sale now and can be purchased from: