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We celebrate those who have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Northumberland. Role models could be anyone who shares a protected characteristic and wants to share their experience. If you want to be a diversity role model and/or an equality and diversity ally, please email: Irene.Fisher@northumberland.gov.uk
'I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition... that gays, bisexuals, lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other person and I think that principle will win out.' - Barack Obama
Role models are very important to LGBT people – a role model is someone to look up to, who celebrates diversity, champions equality and has a voice on behalf of those who need the most support. Whether you identify as LGBT, or are an ally of LGBT people, be inspired by these stories and think about how you can be a role model too. Click on the names to read more about each person.
"One of the most important strands which underpins my ethos of teaching is to celebrate individuality and that it is more than OK to be different. I feel very strongly that our pupils should feel happy and comfortable within their own skin: that they should feel safe and secure and that they are confident of seeking support and strategies should they need any guidance or advice." - Cate Haslam Northumberland LGBT role model
"It is important to me, knowing my own struggles, that your sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic background, faith or disability should never be a barrier to leading a successful life." - Mark Phillips, Northumberland LGBT role model
“I believe when we are true to ourselves we can achieve anything. As a proud woman with a trans history I know the challenges others can face, and I will continue to be a support to my community and indeed every community. We must celebrate diversity and build vibrant and strong communities” - Phillippa Scrafton, Stonewall Programmes Officer
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