Pink List 2013: Ones to watch

 

Grace Petrie

Singer

Petrie has a voice that’s been compared to Laura Marling’s and Kate Nash’s, she describes her music as indie folk rock with “acoustic punk twist”. Some say her politically sharp lyrics make her the new Billy Bragg.

Stephen Clarke

CEO of W H Smith

In July this year, Clarke became one of the UK’s few openly gay chief executives of a major company when he was promoted to chief executive of W H Smith. What he does to make life easier for LGBT employees remains to be seen.

Sophie Green

Artist and illustrator

Five years ago Green moved to Liverpool, and saw her artistic career take off.

She has produced works for the London 2012 Olympics and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She says her art is “light, bright … with a big spoonful of humour”.

Nicole Gibson

Model

The 5ft 11in trans model was the “unexpected star of London Fashion Week”, according to the Daily Mail. “They say you have not really made it as a model until you walk along the catwalk in a sheer dress with your nipples showing – and here I was doing it in my first show,” she told the paper.

Alicya Eyo

Actress

Currently playing Ruby Haswell in Emmerdale, Eyo made her name as Denny Blood in the acclaimed prison drama Bad Girls and has also appeared in Casualty and Silent Witness. She is a patron of LGBT Youth North West.

Sarah Garrett

Entrepreneur

Co-founder of Square Peg Media, which sponsored the Stonewall Awards. The firm produces g3 and Out in the City magazines. Together with Linda Riley, Garrett set up the Alternatives Families Show and the Big Gay Lifestyle Show.

Sarah Weir OBE

Executive

After overseeing the arts during London’s 2012 Olympics, Weir is believed to be about to take up an exciting new post. The former Stonewall trustee and founding patron of LGBT History Month has also worked as executive director at Arts Council England and the Almeida Theatre in London.

Jo Clifford

Playwright

The prolific, Edinburgh-based writer has penned about 80 plays and is also a performer and teacher. She describes herself as a “trans woman and father with two beautiful daughters”. “In love with life. Hoping the best, always,” she says on her Twitter profile.

Jessica Clark

Actress

Played the vampire goddess Lilith in the hit US show True Blood and also co-starred in Nicole Conn’s film A Perfect Ending. Clark studied law at the London School of Economics then switched to modelling and acting. Also the host of the weekly show Lesbian Love on AfterEllen.com.

Nigel Fletcher

Conservative councillor and businessman

When asked if he would like to advertise his company in the Daily Mail, Fletcher responded with an eloquent refusal that condemned the paper for causing “profound offence to gay people” for years. It went viral and turned Fletcher into a national star.

Harriet Wistrich

Lawyer

Represents eight women who entered into relationships with men not knowing they were undercover police officers spying on protest groups. Radical feminist and co-founder of Justice for Women. Also involved in the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, Medical Justice and the Police Action Lawyers Group.

Harmony Boucher

Model, musician

Sings with the band Vuvuvultures, alongside her wife, Nicole B. Coelho, on bass. Clash magazine described them as a “vital, visceral collective” after a “blood-curdling performance” earlier this year.

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