LORD MICHAEL CASHMAN JOINS PRIDE MEDIA CENTRE AS PATRON
THE UK’S first LGBT+ business and media centre is celebrating ongoing support from a prominent equality campaigner.
The Pride Media Centre at Pelaw, Gateshead, was officially opened earlier this month (June) by Lord Michael Cashman CBE, one of the founding members of the national LGBT+ charity Stonewall.
And the former actor and MEP has agreed to become a patron of the pioneering hub, which will offer advice, support and training to those in the LGBT+ community.
The complex houses a variety of businesses, including multi-channel broadcaster Pride World Media, newly launched online television station, Out and Proud TV and LGBT+ charity, Northern Pride, which organises the annual festival in Newcastle.
Lord Cashman said: “I am absolutely delighted to become a patron of the Pride Community Network and the Pride Media Centre.
“The outreach work and its commitment to equality is truly ground-breaking and it’s a real privilege to support this initiative.”
Lord Cashman will also act as a patron of not-for-profit organisation, the Pride Community Network, which offers a range of services including support for isolated members of the LGBT+ community, promoting inclusivity within schools and providing training and work experience programmes for those in long-term unemployment.
Mark Nichols, chair of Pride Community Network, said: “Lord Cashman is one of the UK’s leading LGBT+ human rights activists and over the decades has worked tirelessly to change hearts, minds and legislation in support of a more inclusive and diverse society.
“We look forward to working with Lord Cashman over the coming months as we continue to grow the Pride Media Centre and develop educational outreach work through local, national and international programmes.”
The hub is also the home of newly launched online television station, Out and Proud TV, and it will provide a range of support and opportunities to the LGBT+ community and their allies, including outreach programmes designed to reach isolated members of the LGBT+ community.
“I am very proud that Gateshead has the first LGBT+ business and media centre in the UK and this is the place where we will start something big that will have repercussions all over the UK,” said Peter Darrant, CEO of Pride World Media.
“In this strange world we live in, where we think we have all the rights, it is still very important to fly the LGBT+ flag outside.
“There is an urgency to have something like this building and we have been waiting 50 years for it, so while we officially open the centre for the first time today, this is just the beginning.”