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Centrica Diversity & Inclusion Week

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I was honoured to be invited to speak at Centrica PLC along with Spectrum, Centrica’s LGBT+ Network as part of their National Inclusion Week on Friday 29th September at their Edinburgh office in Leith. In the picture above from left to right are Glenn Hicks Co Chair of Spectrum LGBT+, Pennie May , Myself and

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LGBT History Project NE #OurHistory Event Public Day

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I was invitied along by Drew Dalton the founder of the LGBT History Project NE to be a keynote speaker at their #OurHistory event alonside Lisa Power MBE at the Newcastle Civic Center. First up was the LGBT Icon Lisa Power MBE & her speech was absolutely fantastic and then it was my turn to

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LGBT History Project NE #OurHistory Event VIP Launch Party

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I had been invitied along with my wife Julie by Drew Dalton the founder of the LGBT History Project NE to attend their VIP launch party hosted at the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle on Friday evening. We had speeches from Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, Inspector Nicola Wearing from Northumbria

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The Labour Party’s LGBT History Month Reception

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On Wednesday 11th February I was invited to attend an LGBT History Month Reception by the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP & Shadow Secretary of State for Women & Equalities, Sarah Champion MP. So up at 5am I got up to be at the airport for my 7am flight to London City Airport. On arrival

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Icon Awards 2016

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On Sunday 23rd October we attended the prestigious Icon Awards at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow as guests of James Smith the founder of Hillhead Pets Corner in Kilbirnie. On arrival I bumped into a good friend Paul Davies aka Mr Gay Wales who was in charge of greeting the winners at the Icon Awards PAP

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National Diversity Awards 2016

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After being shortlisted to the final 8 for the “Positive Role Model Award for LGBT” from almost 20,000 people the day had finally come to attend the event at Liverpools famous Anglican cathederal. To say that I was nervous was an understatement as I had never ever been shortlisted for anything let alone attend such

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Selecting the dynamic for how me and Justine work together was not straight forward so I will say on here for clarity I met Justine at the #OurHistory event for LGBT History NE where she was a keynote speaker. Justine is a downplayed and very humble individual. The subject matter of her speech was compelling yet very personal so I will not go into specifics. However, her reception at the event was incredible. Justine is an amazing advocate and a positive role model for all walks of life. I hope to work with her again.

Alex Wainwright

( MSc + 1st Class BSc Env Management. Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer )

@JustineSmithies a first time speech! I am in awe. Touching, moving. A truly incredible woman #equalatwork

Phillippa Scrafton

( Darlington Borough Council )

Never cried at a Stonewall Conference before. Thank you @JustineSmithies for your honesty and bravery. X #EqualAtWork

Daniel Aldridge

( Programmes Manager at Stonewall )

Incredibly moved and so grateful to hear from @JustineSmithies @StonewallScot #EqualatWork conference. What a brave and inspiring story!!!

Carole Anderson

( Chair, SWAN LGBT network )

Phenomenal and emotional speech from @JustineSmithies. And the first standing ovation for an #EqualatWork keynote!

Matt Horwood

( Communications Officer, Stonewall UK )

This is great insight into public speaking, But also a testament to Justine Smithies who last week utterly blew the audience at Stonewall Scotland's #EqualAtWork Conference away with her testimony. Justine's is a story of personal pain, Grief, Media intrusion and the empowering nature of rural communities. Thank you for sharing not just your story, But how it felt delivering it!

Andrew White

( Director Of Stonewall Cymru )

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