Nonbinary person tells Will Young about being bullied by rugby coach in front of teachers



A nonbinary person has revealed that they were bullied by a rugby coach in front of other teaching staff at school.


Alex called into James O’Brien’s show on LBC, which also featured singer Will Young.


They said a rugby coach had bullied them when he realised they were wearing makeup.


The coach had mocked them in front of classmates before continuing to another member of staff.


Speaking to O’Brien and Young, Alex said: “When I was around Year 8 I was gender non-conforming and used to wear makeup to school.


“One day the rugby coach took me aside because I really ballsed up a pass. He looked at me for a couple of seconds and said ‘Are you wearing makeup’?


“He stopped training for everyone and put me in front of the team and said: ‘Look, Alex is wearing the makeup. Isn’t this shocking?'”


They went on to say that the rugby coach had a later conversation in front of Alex with a teacher, when he said it was “hilarious” and “stupid” that they were wearing makeup.


“Until 2013 my school had section 28 [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] as official policy,” continued Alex.


Will Young looked on shocked.


O’Brien told Alex: “There’ll be people listening to this now who simply know there is someone else who is going through, or has gone through, what they’re going through at the moment and that becomes a help, because I sense you didn’t have that.


“You must’ve felt so alone.”


To which Alex replied: “Yeah.”


Watch a video of the call below:



The segment followed research for LBC and The Diana Award which revealed that 16% of bullied children had suicidal thoughts.


Source: Pink News

Headline acts announced for

LIVEWIRE Festival 2017










Blackpool Headland Arena

August 25th / 26th / 27th 2017


Tickets available from:


This August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool’s Headlands Arena will be hosting some of the world’s biggest musical stars for LIVEWIRE Festival, a new series of concerts. One of the most recognisable outfit in musical history, The Jacksons will headline the Friday. The Saturday line-up features some of the biggest pop hits of the 1980s as part of Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory, which includes the man himself. Last but not least the Sunday sees Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff team up for a rare UK appearance.


A LIVEWIRE spokesperson said, “This is LIVEWIRE Festival’s first year and we are thrilled to be launching this fabulous weekend of music. We can’t wait to bring Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Jacksons, Jason Donovan and more to Blackpool, the best location in the UK for entertainment.”

Livewire Festival announces

line-up additions:


The Christians, Mica Paris, Phats and Small, Fatman Scoop, & Tiger-S set to support The Jacksons, Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff.


Blackpool Headland Arena

August 25th / 26th / 27th 2017


Limited tickets (from £30/£35) still available from:


Livewire Festival announces the support acts for its inaugural year, which will feature Motown legends The Jacksons, who have just wowed Glastonbury audiences, as well as the first ever UK live performance for Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff.


Kicking off for The Jacksons on Friday 25th August will be British soul legends The Christians and Mica Paris. The support for Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff on Saturday 27th August will feature the legendary party-starter Fatman Scoop and UK dance duo Phats and Small. Blackpool girl group Tiger-S will also be bringing their fresh pop stylings to the final night.


The Saturday line-up already comes fully formed, with a poptastic selection of acts from Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory Live – including Jason Donovan, Pepsi & Shirlie, Sinitta, Sam Fox, Brother Beyond, Undercover plus guests Go West.


The Christians have been described as “the Temptations with ripped jeans”, whose ‘socially-aware soul music’ made an impact on popular culture in the 1980s. 2017 is the 30th anniversary of their self-titled multi-platinum debut album. Mica Paris is the Queen of UK soul music, as well as a respected actor, radio and TV presenter. She has just released a new album ‘Mica sings Ella’, a tribute to the music of Ella Fitzgerald.


Everyone will recognise Fatman Scoop’s gargantuan hit ‘Be Faithfull’, and so many party tunes he features on with P.Diddy, 50 Cent, or Timbaland to name a few. Dance music duo Phats and Small are best known for their international hit ‘Turn Around’. Since forming in the late 1990s they have continued to work with the biggest and best in electronic music including Carl Cox, Daft Punk and Jean Michelle Jarre.


“We are thrilled to be sharing the stage with two legends, to us it's the stuff that dreams are made of. Only last year we were watching from the crowd whilst the great DJ Jazzy Jeff tore down a club in Amsterdam with an incredible DJ set. 27th Aug will not only see us supporting the man himself but also his partner in rhyme the legendary Will Smith aka The Fresh Prince. We are proud to say that for Phats and Small it definitely puts our summer summer time on smash, we can't wait!!!” Ben Ofoedu, Phats and Small




FRIDAY 25th August


Mica Paris

Mica Paris is one of the UK’s most respected female singers with a career full of Top 10 hit singles and albums worldwide. Her debut album 'So Good’ went Platinum. Mica has collaborated with respected artists such as David Gilmour, Prince and Jools Holland, as well as her many talents to London’s West End stage starring in Mama I Want To Sing, The Vagina Monologues and Sweet Lorraine.


The Christians

Formed in Liverpool in the 80's, their debut double platinum album 'The Christians' was released in 1987 making No 2 in the album charts. With their solid line-up of great talent, they are sounding as stunning as they did 30 years ago.


SUNDAY 27th August


Fatman Scoop

Fatman Scoop is notorious for shouting his name and requesting that you do whatever he tells you... so put your damn hands up! Whether it’s Scoop’s rambunctious baritone hyping a track or video cameos for P.Diddy, 50 Cent, or Elephant Man to name a few, Scoop’s booming voice, catchy hooks, electrifying energy and charismatic presence never go unnoticed.


Phats and Small

Phats & Small are best known for their international hit, Turn Around.  The duo have amassed international sales of over 5 million, winning multiple international awards and nominations including TMF Award, RSH Award, 2 German Dance Awards, Brit Award, Muzik/Sony Ericsson, 2 Capital Radio awards and 2 Mobo awards.



Up-and-coming local girl group Tiger-S are seeing their hard work paying off, having recently played alongside The Vamps, Professor Green and Lawson.

Sinitta closes Manchester Pride



It's become something of a tradition in Manchester's gay village, and this year is no different!


Eagle Bar on Bloom Street will be closing Manchester Pride in decidant style, with the ultimate party straight after the vigil on Monday 28th August, as our delicious hostess KY Kelly invites pop princess Sinitta to perform a smattering of her best loved hits including 'so Macho!', 'Toy Boy', and 'Cross My Broken Heart.'


So mark it in your diaries, book Tuesday off work and dig out your illuminous leg warmers as we bring the 80s back to Eagle for one night only!


There's no entry fee, although we will be asking for a charitable donation on the door. Please note that our regular door policy applies.

The Crowds Came Out To Celebrate Liverpool’s Biggest Ever Pride Event



Liverpool Pride has spread huge amounts of International Love with this weekend’s celebrations proving to be the biggest and best yet.


Thousands of people flocked to the two-day LGBT+ celebration which brought a colourful party atmosphere to Liverpool city centre over the weekend.


Festival organisers say an estimated 50k revellers joined the fun, with more than 8k people taking part in the 8th annual Pride March alone. The biggest public march the city has seen.


This year’s Pride celebrated International Love, complementing the city’s 50 Summers of Love programme, and many marchers dressed up and carried flags and banners reflecting the theme as they made their way through the city centre on a route which took in Whitechapel, Lord Street, Castle Street, Dale Street and the Stanley Street Quarter.


The free two-day festival returned to the historic St George’s Quarter for a second year, offering a fantastic line up of non-stop entertainment on both Saturday and on Sunday’s We Are Family Day.



Pop trio Atomic Kitten – Natasha Hamilton, Liz McClarnon and Kerry Katona – headlined the festivities on The Barclays Main Stage on Saturday, performing a string of chart-topping hits to the hometown crowd.


They were joined during the day by a host of top acts including Kym Mazelle, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and 90s sensations Livin’ Joy, while the World on One Stage – sponsored by Manchester Airport – celebrated the International Love theme with performances from organisations like Brazilica, Pagoda Arts and Liverpool Irish Festival.


Meanwhile the We Are Family day on Sunday extended the Pride celebrations with X Factor’s Marcus Collins headlining the event.


He was joined by musical theatre stars in the making – boyband Five to Five, who were winners of BBC talent search Let It Shine and who will come to the Liverpool Empire in January in playwright Tim Firth’s new show The Band.


Jennifer John returned to Pride for 2017 with a choral arrangement from eight Merseyside choirs, again celebrating the theme of International Love.


And the day also saw entertainment for all family with a range of fun inflatables, fairground rides, arts and crafts, and international food stalls.


Lucy Day, Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “We are overjoyed and deeply moved that so many people came out to celebrate equality. People took our theme of International Love to heart, making Liverpool a Beacon of hope. Thank to everyone for making the weekend our best Pride event yet. We are already planning next years event which will take place on 28th and 29th July 2018”


Liverpool Pride also had a hugely successful Come Out Of The Shadows campaign which seen over 30 buildings lit in rainbow colours showing Liverpool as a visibly LGBT+ friendly city and to shine a light on hate crime.


A public exhibition continues in Liverpool ONE until September and Pride at the Pictures film programme, continues at FACT until early September.


Liverpool Pride Festival 2017 was sponsored by Barclays. Further support also came from Manchester Airport as the official Airport Sponsor; Radio City as the official Media Partner; Homes For Everyone; and Signature Living as the official Hotel Partner.


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