Double Brit nominee Jess Glynne at Brighton Pride
Jess Glynne is a Grammy award-winning, double Brit nominee and chart topping wonder who has wowed us with her distinctive and evocative vocals on Clean Bandit’s No.1 platinum dance smash ‘Rather Be’. Jess Glynne is a distinctive and evocative vocalist who ensured Route 94’s incredible House-flavoured ‘My Love’ hit the top spot. And Jess Glynne, we are very excited to announce, is coming to Brighton Pride 2015, performing live on the Brighton Pride Festival main stage this August.
Adored by Adele, rated by Zane Lowe and loved by Lily Allen, Jess Glynne has made the top of the British pop charts her home and Brighton Pride is thrilled to be welcoming her to our home in Preston Park as she takes part in our Pride In The City: 25th Anniversary celebrations.
2015 is looking set to be an amazing year for Jess as she follows up her No.1 hits for Clean Bandit and Route 94 with her own new material. Jess is an impressive singer / songwriter and by collaborating with one of Grime’s key producers Bless Beats, (Wiley, Roll Deep, Wretch 32, and Skepta) she looks set to deliver the must-dance soundtrack to a glorious summer. Inspired by artists including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Jasmine Sullivan, Anthony Hamilton, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Eva Cassidy and Lauryn Hill, Jess’ solo material is fresh, exciting and uniquely British. By encompassing the soul and hip hop of Jess’ varied influences alongside brooding cellos, pert piano, impish strings and spot on production her YouTube smash ‘Home’, her joyous new single ‘Hold My Hand’ and her forthcoming album on Atlantic Records delivers an irresistible slice of 21st husky hip-pop-soul perfection.
Jess Glynne. Get set for one of the UK's brightest new stars performing live at one of the UK's best and biggest Pride events. As long as we’re celebrating Brighton Pride 2015 with Jess Glynne, there’s no place we’d rather be.
GOK WAN AND ANDREW SCOTT CELEBRATE WITH STONEWALL YOUNG CAMPAIGNERS OF THE YEAR
Stonewall name Sirina-Monique and Christian Webb its Young Campaigners of the Year 2015
Gok Wan presents Awards, which are supported by Lloyds Banking Group
Andrew Scott and Sanjay Sood-Smith join the campaigners to congratulate them on their work
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, welcomed Gok Wan as host of its annual Youth Awards on Friday 24 April, kindly supported by Lloyds Banking Group.
Sirina-Monique and Christian Webb were named Stonewall Young Campaigners of the Year for their work to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Sirina-Monique from Peterborough was named joint-winner for writing, recording and creating a music video for a rap tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. She also helped train teachers at her college on tackling homophobic language and met with its senior staff to discuss equality and diversity issues within it.
Christian Webb from Swansea went back to his old school where he created a Sixth Form Equality Panel of over thirty students, delivered workshops to over 200 young people and hosted a coffee morning where he shared Stonewall resources with students and staff.
Andrew Scott (Pride, Sherlock) and Sanjay Sood-Smith (The Apprentice) joined the young campaigners on the day to congratulate them.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt and Lloyds Banking Group Director for Retail Alison Brittain also spoke at the event, congratulating all of the young people for their fantastic work throughout the programme.
Students and staff from Downham Market Academy in Norfolk were also invited to the event, and received an award for tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in their local community using questionnaires, letters and a video they recorded asking people to pledge support.
Wayne Dhesi, Youth Coordinator at Stonewall said: ‘Sirina-Monique and Christian have both done an outstanding job and we’re thrilled to name them Stonewall’s 2015 Young Campaigners of the Year. We’ve been really impressed with the entire group of volunteers on year’s programme, who have all done excellent work improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in their schools and local communities.’
Gok Wan said: 'It's inspiring to speak with and meet so many passionate, driven young people who want to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans children. Stonewall's youth outreach work is so important and I'm delighted to be a part of that at this year's Youth Awards.'
Alison Brittain, Lloyds Banking Group Director for Retail, said: ‘It was an inspiration to meet so many young volunteers who are passionate about eradicating homophobia in their communities. Lloyds Banking Group is extremely proud of our partnership with Stonewall. Supporting the Youth Volunteering Programme is very important to us as a responsible business as it works so closely with the communities across Britain.’
The Stonewall Youth Awards marked the end of this year’s Stonewall Youth Volunteering Programme, supported by Lloyds Banking Group. The free six-month Programme launched in 2009 and helps hundreds of young people develop and run campaigns to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
£25,000 raised for record number of LGBT Labour general election candidates
LGBT Labour has raised a record £25,000 to support openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates at the general election on 7 May.
The Chris Smith List, established in 2009, is a fund to support LGBT candidates standing for Parliament. Named after Lord Smith of Finsbury, who, in 1984 made history as the first ever parliamentarian to come out as gay. He continued to make history as the first ever openly-gay cabinet minister in 1997 and in 2005 broke new ground by announcing he is HIV-positive, the only MP ever to do so.
Since its creation The Chris Smith List has distributed £40,000 to openly-LGBT candidates across the country standing in general elections, London Assembly and European elections.
35 openly-LGBT candidates (including nine sitting MPs seeking re-election) will be on the ballot for the Labour Party on 7 May, with the £25,000 being distributed to 26 seats with new candidates, including nine standing in seats on Labour’s 106 target list.
The last Labour government saw monumental strides toward equality for LGBT people in Britain. From repealing the Tories hated Section 28 to introducing protections at work, adoption rights and civil partnerships, Labour has been the only party to consistently support LGBT people by delivering in government.
In 2013 it was Labour votes that secured the historic Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in the face of more than half of the Conservative Party opposing this fundamental human right.
LGBT Labour co-chair Bev Craig said: “Only by getting more openly-LGBT people in Parliament will we be a democracy fit for the 21st century. The Chris Smith List has already helped candidates up and down the country. On 7 May we’re sure that these vital funds will elect more LGBT Labour MPs and help secure the Labour government that this country needs.”
Shadow Equalities Minister, Gloria De Piero said: "It's fantastic to know we have more openly LGBT candidates than ever before, I pay tribute to LGBT Labour for the work it has done to raise record amounts supporting our candidates. We’ve come a long way in LGBT representation since Chris Smith became the first openly gay MP but the lesson of the last 30 years is that progress requires us to keep pushing forward. From taking action on homophobic bullying in schools to reviewing the law on trans rights, a Labour Government will continue to lead that change."
Andrew Pakes, Labour's candidate for Milton Keynes South said: “Labour has a strong record on delivering LGBT rights but we need to ensure that there are MPs in Parliament to lead the campaign for equality goes on. The Chris Smith List is hugely important in helping to achieve that and ensuring the next generation of Labour MPs has openly LGBT MPs who can support and speak up for the LGBT community."
Ed Miliband and the Labour Party have pledged to go further than ever to support LGBT people both in Britain and around the world. As well as pledging to appoint Lord Cashman as a global LGBT human rights envoy, Ed Miliband has also committed to expunge historic records of gay men convicted under antiquated laws.
Jane McDonald Heads Cast in Blackpool Return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats
Jane McDonald is to take the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS when it returns to Blackpool direct from its sell-out season at the London Palladium in the West End.
It was announced today by Producer David Ian that Jane, who is one of Britain’s best loved singers, presenters and entertainers, will play the role of Grizabella.
The hit show will run at the Blackpool Opera House for a strictly limited eight weeks from 9 July and the Blackpool performances will be the only place theatre-goers can see CATS North of London in 2015.
Speaking at today’s press launch Jane said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Grizabella in CATS. It is an honour to have been selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber and I can’t wait for the show to begin in July.
CATS will be at Blackpool Opera House from Thursday 9 July to Sunday 6 September.