I Came Out as a Gay man on my 31st birthday, in February 2011.
I’d known I was Gay since I was a young(er) man but, for varying reasons, I never felt like it was the right time for me to come out of the proverbial closet.
I now, of course, wish I’d done so a lot earlier than I did.
Ever since I came out I’ve sought to campaign on LGBT issues and, during my years as a Councillor, achieved a number of firsts; these included being (to my knowledge) the first openly Gay elected member of the authority, bringing the first LGBT item to its Scrutiny Commission and organising the first LGBT History Month event at the Borough’s main CofE Church.
From 2014 to 2020 I was privileged and honoured to be a Trustee of the Leicester LGBT Centre; the main LGBT+ charity in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland; I was its Chair from 2017 to 2020.
I’m currently the Independent Chair of the Leicestershire Fire and Police LGBT+ Independent Advisory Group and also champion LGBT+ issues on the County Council’s Leicestershire Equalities Challenge Group.
I’m also a member of the ‘True Colours’ partnership, led by the Borough Council, organising a calendar of LGBT+ celebrations and commemorations in Hinckley and Bosworth.
There’s so much more to do on LGBT+ Rights and I’m looking forward to continuing my work in this field.