Our Patrons

Michael Cashman

The Lord Cashman CBE

Labour Peer, LGBT global envoy for the Labour Party, Founding Chair of Stonewall


Angela Mason, CBE

Angela is an LGBT campaigner. From 1992 to 2002 she was Director of Stonewall (UK). From 2003 to 2007 she was the director of the Government's Women and Equality Unit. She is currently a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Sir Ian McKellen, CH CBE

Sir Ian is an active member of the movement to change those UK laws which discriminate against lesbians and gay men. He is a co­founder of Stonewall which works for social and legal equality.
As Sir Ian says on his website ‘I have been reluctant to lobby on other issues I most care about – nuclear weapons (against), religion (atheist), capital punishment (anti), AIDS (fund­raiser) because I never want to be forever spouting, diluting the impact of addressing my most urgent concern; legal and social equality for gay people worldwide.’
As well as his scores of awards for acting, Sir Ian has honours from Nottingham, Leeds, Oxford and Aberdeen Universities, plus gay organisations in UK, USA and SouthAfrica.
He was named "Commander of the British Empire" (CBE) in 1979, followed by his Knighthood of the British Empire (KBE) for services to the performing arts in the Queen's New Year Honours of 1990.
He is one of the very few openly­gay knights. In 2007 Queen Elizabeth named him to the Order of Companions of Honour (CH).

Ian Rivers, PhD

Ian is an award winning psychologist, academic and author. For nearly 20 years he has been researching bullying behaviour in the U.K. and U.S. He is best known for his early work on homophobic bullying which took place at a time when many organisations (including the UK’s leading LGB organisations) were not interested.
More recently he has become known for his work on bystander mental health which was cited by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education in a speech in September 2011. Ian is Professor of Human Development at Brunel University. He has previously held chairs in applied and community psychology.
In addition to researching bullying behaviour, he is also interested in community regeneration and works with various third sector agencies to develop services for at risk and minority groups through evaluations of need.
As a psychologist his work has been recognised at many levels and he has been honoured by both the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.

Doreen Elizabeth Massey

Baroness Massey of Darwen is a Labour member of the House of Lords.
A former teacher and education advisor, she was the Director of the Family Planning Association from 1989 to 1994.
She was made a Life Peer in 1999 and worked in the House of Lords as member of the All­Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare.
She is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, and secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.

Deidre Sanders

is 'Dear Deidre...' the UK’s most trusted and constant agony aunt. Her column has been running in The Sun newspaper for over a quarter of a century, since 1980.
Over the decades, Deidre has answered all readers’ questions regarding LGB issues with sensitivity and insight.
She has always referred readers to FFLAG for further support and information. During her 30­year career with The Sun her influence has also reached far outside the column.
She has advised various government ministers on social issues and set up a seminar with Prime Minister David Cameron on how to tackle family breakdown.
Deidre is Patron of the national charity Family Lives and of
NAPAC (The National Association of People Abused in Childhood).

Peter Tatchell

Peter as been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. He is a member of the queer human rights group OutRage!, and the left­wing of the Green Party.
Peter is also the Green Party’s spokesperson on human rights. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally. He supports LGBT activists in many of the more than 70 countries that still totally outlaw lesbian and gay relationships, and which punish same­sexers with maximum penalties including flogging, life imprisonment and execution.
He is the author of over 3,000 published articles and six books, including The Battle for Bermondsey (Heretic Books), Democratic Defence – A Non­Nuclear Alternative (Heretic Books/GMP) and We Don't Want To March Straight ­ Masculinity, Queers & The Military (Cassell). “Unpaid, tireless and he never stops...Peter Tatchell has probably done more for gay and human rights than anyone in Britain over the last 20 years” Marcelle D'Argy Smith, feminist writer and ex­editor of Cosmopolitian


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