National recognition for Homotopia

Gary Everett, Director of Liverpool’s gay arts and social justice organisation, Homotopia, has been judged as one of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain.

The Pink List is published every year in the Independent on Sunday and features lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans’ people who are in positions of power and influence in the UK. The list provides positive role models for young and isolated LGBT people. At the top of this year’s list was Nicola Adams the Olympic Gold winning boxer.

Speaking of his inclusion on the list Gary Everett said; “Homotopia flys the flag for Liverpool as a fair and friendly city both when we are working internationally and across Britain. I am very proud that our work promoting gay culture and tackling prejudice and hate has been recognised in this way.”

April Ashley also featured on this year’s Pink List. April was born in Liverpool in 1935 as George Jamieson and was one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery. She went on to have a successful career as a model and actress. Homotopia is currently working with the Museum of Liverpool to create an exhibition about April’s life that will open in October 2014.

Stephen Twigg, MP for West Derby and Angela Eagle MP for Wallasey, and writer Jonathan Harvey complete Liverpool’s pink contingent alongside figures from the worlds of politics, entertainment and business like Mary Portas, Derren Brown and Lucy Spraggan.