I was delighted to have been asked to joinLondon Titans FC, a gay friendly football team based in South West London for the annual London Gay Pride parade, which was host to this year’s World Pride.
Without getting myself lost in the politics of said occasion which I think has been highlighted enough by others; I realised that joining a sports organisation was fully relevant in todays murky climate of modern equality.
Last year I was asked to sign the Homophobia in Sport Charter at 10 Downing Street which I of course did, in the company of many of my personal sporting heroes.
At the end of this year, I will be leaving the army, and moving on to different things.
I'm leaving to concentrate on opportunities that suit my desire to make more of a difference in life, and ultimately allow me the chance to support my loved ones more.
After almost a decade in the Army, I'd like to put my family, in particular my husband, more central in my life, and not have to operate with the continuing worry of being separated for several months at a time. Constantly having to put him second, is something I no longer wish to do.
I was fortunate enough to be part of National Student Pride last weekend in Brighton.Now in its seventh year- student pride returned to the city for the fourth time, bringing together students from across the country and in some cases, from far flung learning institutions across oceans and seas.All these people came together to debate, discuss, network and most of all celebrate student life within the LGBT community; and I was delighted to be right in the middle of such an event.
It was about 4 weeks ago, that my phone rang, to which I found a friend of mine from Stonewall on the other end.
The news my friend had for me, was at first, a little random, and something that needed a little looking into.
"Ross Watson wants to do a portrait of you," was the greeting I was met with.
I had heard of Ross Watson, I even had a little idea about some of his work, but the immediate words that came out of my mouth where natually... "Why?"
After a few email exchanges between Ross' gallery in Melbourne and me, the offer proved genuine, and a date was set.
I'm in the middle of an extremely busy ten days of meetings, speeches,
fancy engagements, and my day to day usual work.
Its Monday, June 20th, and today I'm back into the swing of things
after a quiet, and much needed, weekend off!
I'm having lots of fun though, and each engagement is equally as
important as the last.
It began on Thursday, when Thomas and I were very fortunate to be sat
at the Terrence Higgins Trust Friends for Life dinner, at the Royal
Courts of Justice.
I Was incredibly lucky late last night, to have been sat in the audience of a very intimate and small cabaret performance by members of the current Les Miserables cast, with one or two faces from the new cast, who take over on the 23rd of June.
I'd got the info about the night, from Matt Lucas on twitter earlier on in the day... who told me to get there by 11pm.
The venue was The Delfont Room, in the Prince of Wales Theatre, and was in aid of the Great Ormond Street Charity.
Matt Lucas, and the other cast members, took to the small assembled stage performing classic theatre standards, as well as a number of original works, written and performed by those members of the cast.