Pink List 2013: Friends to LGBT people

 

Tilda Swinton

Actress

Swinton flew a rainbow flag in Red Square this year to support Russia’s beleaguered LGBT community and risked prosecution. “In solidarity. From Russia with love,” her spokesperson explained.

David Cameron

Prime Minister

Credited with pushing through The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill despite a rebellion by 136 Tory MPs. The first ceremonies are expected next summer.

Lynne Featherstone

Politician

The Lib Dem MP launched the consultation by the UK government on introducing equal marriage and was the first politician to take part in the Out4Marriage campaign.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Actress

Hesmondhalgh stars as Hayley in Coronation Street and is patron of Trans Media Watch, Press for Change and Manchester’s Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Musicians

Macklemore rapped on the Lewis-produced track “Same Love” (which hit No 6 in the UK singles chart):  “Whatever god you believe in/ We come from the same one/ Strip away the fear, underneath, it’s all the same love.”

Simon Collins

Senior executive

The chairman of KPMG has won recognition for helping the gay partners at the firm come out without facing prejudice.

J H Williams and  W Haden Blackman

Writers for DC Comics

They announced they were quitting their jobs, saying they had been asked to drop “long-standing story lines” about Batwoman, including her planned same-sex marriage.

Cher

Singer

The star has given vocal support of gay fans and her trans son Chaz Bono. She said Chaz’s decision had been difficult for her but added “we’ve actually had the most fun together lately than we’ve had in forever”.

Lisa Rodrigues

Health official

Under her watch as chief executive, the Sussex Partnership NHS mental health trust has risen to No 1 on Stonewall’s Health Equality Index for 2013.

Giles Fraser

Anglican priest

Founded the Inclusive Church group, which promotes the idea that the Church should “proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of sex, race or sexual orientation”.

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