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Five of the most prominent lesbians working in Britain today have posed wearing t-shirts depicting the pupil-devised slogan to Stonewall’s campaign to tackle homophobic bullying: ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’
Parliament’s only out lesbian MP Angela Eagle, Booker Prize nominee Sarah Waters, presenter and TV personality Amy Lamé, writer Stella Duffy and comedian and author Rhona Cameron all participated in the photo shoot of Britain’s lesbian role models. The project is in response to YouGov research conducted for Stonewall, which found that young people experiencing homophobic bullying at school feel reassured by out role models – both at school and in the public eye.
‘Stonewall is determined to combat lesbian invisibility’ says Laura Doughty, Stonewall Director of Communications. ‘Promoting fair coverage of lesbian and gay people in the media is one of our key priorities. There’s still a relatively small number of out lesbian and bisexual women role models for young people to look up to. For this reason we wanted to showcase these successful gay women – demonstrating to young people that your sexual orientation needn’t be a barrier to fulfilling your potential.’
This is the most recent stage of a series of projects timed to coincide with the month pupils went back to school. Earlier in September, Stonewall launched a national advertising campaign where the ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ slogan featured on 500 advertising sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
Photographs by Justin Sutcliffe