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 in London I checked into my hotel as there wasn’t a flight back from London City after 8pm and I wasn’t sure if I’d be going out in the evening after the event. Just be fore the event I met up with my good friend Thomas Anderson the founder of Inclusive Networks for some dutch courage in the pub St Stephen’s Tavern round the corner from Portcullis House on Bridge Street.
At 6pm we thought it wise to make our way to Portcullis House to join the queue for getting through security there where we were searched and escorted to the Oppositions Boardroom for the event. We were greeted with a glass of wine and a room packed full of LGBT people. I met so many inspirational people that night and managed to get some important photographs with some too. I met Kate Hutchinson Director of Wipe Out Transphobia, Kate O’Donnell Award winning transgender performer, writer, activist & creator of “BigGirls Blouse”, Sophie Cook Head of Latest LGBT+ & TV Presenter, Susie Green CEO of Mermaids UK , Annie Wallace who playes Sally St Claire in Holyoaks, Vicky Beeching Writer, Broadcaster & campaigner for LGBT equality. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah co-founder, trustee and executive director of UK Black Pride, Amy stanning who was the voice for CH4 last Trans Day Of Visibility, Christina Riley Founder of LGBT Construct & public speaker, Linda Riley publisher of Diva Magazine also the no2LGBTHate campaign, Emma Miller-McCaffrey NW Diversity Role Models trustee & co founder of Planet L Events and not forgetting John Bird founder of John Bird Media. I did briefly spot Fox Fisher but never got the chance to say hello and grab a quick photo but hey there’s always another time.
Next was Jeremy Corbyns speech which yes did cause uproar by his poor choice of words not that I think he meant it as he speech on a whole was fanatastic it was just one of those things where you get caught up and stop reading from your notes and your mouth activates before your brain. We’ve all done it and I defy you to say it’s never happened in some way or another to yourself. Anyway you can watch his full speech below and judge for yourself.
Overall it was a fantastic evening of networking and sharing ideas for which I am grateful to have been invited and like I said I even managed a few pictures which I’ve posted below.