World Pride Power List 2014: Straight allies

Barack ObamaFor the first time, the World Pride Power List has recognised straight allies who stand up for LGBT rights

Sinitta, singer and reality star

Sinitta – gay icon whose songs include So Macho – gave her backing to the @Out4marriage campaign. Her campaign video explained her support for the right of same-sex couples around the world to marry.

Glyn Dean, RAF squadron leader

Squadron leader Glyn Dean works at the Royal Air Force College in Lincolnshire where she is responsible for recruitment strategies. She was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2013 for her contribution to securing the RAF’s reputation as an inclusive employer.

Lady Gaga, singer-songwriter

A vociferous supporter of the LGBT community, and multi award-winning singer, Lady Gaga set up the Born this Way foundation. It is named after her 2011 album and supports LGBT and other young people.

David Cameron, prime minister

In March 2014, same-sex couples in the UK were given the same right to marry as opposite sex couples. Cameron has been a significant supporter of equal marriage, saying that he did not want sexuality to be a barrier to the support of marriage for all.

Curt Hess, CEO, Barclays

Given the “corporate straight ally of the year” accolade in April’s Out In The City & G3 Magazine Awards, Hess considers that LGBT equality at work is both the right thing to do and a business imperative.

Joey Barton, footballer

Queens Park Rangers footballer, Barton, was awarded “celebrity straight ally of the year” at the Out in the City & g3 Magazine Awards in April. Recently, he spearheaded the Rainbow Laces campaign for equality in football.

Chris Sullivan, deputy chief executive, RBS

Sullivan was recognised as the 2011 European Diversity Champion of the Year for his work as a champion of equality across RBS. He has supported employee-led inclusion networks, including one for LGBT employees. The group’s Rainbow Network is one of the largest LGBT networks in the banking sector.

John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons

John Bercow has long been a supporter of equal marriage. He has won the Stonewall award for Politician of the Year for his work to support LGBT equality and is the president of the Kaleidoscope Trust, the charity that works on gay human rights globally.

Barack Obama, US president

A supporter of marriage equality, Barack Obama is committed to advancing LGBT rights. He led the military’s full integration of gay service members, is supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and is now extending family benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Ian Fisher, UK group head, Société Générale

Fisher was shortlisted in this year’s Out in the City & g3 magazine awards for Corporate Straight Ally of the year. This accolade is for non-LGBT management who have taken positive action to support LGBT employees. Société Générale is also a sponsor of BFI Flare: London’s LGBT film festival.




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