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checkOUT : Issue 2 : Winter 2013

Welcome to the second issue of checkOUT So much has happened since our last issue, where to start. I am delighted to write that our ‘official unpacking’ in May was a huge success that brought together lots of our members and really set the bar for our future events. There are lots of things in the pipeline! In this issue we bring you lots of articles and features from the world of retail including interviews with senior role models and lots of lighter articles.

Thomas Anderson checkOUT Editor @thomasinmanc

The Launch Issue Issue 1 – June/July 2013

The inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network for those working in or have an interest in the retail sector

The first issue of checkOUT has already been viewed more than 5,000 times. Big checkOUT thanks to everyone that has read the issue and spread the word! You can read the issues for free at

Meet our members : Interview with TOWIE star Harry Derbidge Meet Stonewall : Summer of Pride : Lots more

There are lots of ways to contact us and keep updated @checkOUTLGBT – We already have over 1,400 followers! facebook/checkoutlgbt

checkOUT is the UK’s first and only Inter-Retail lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network. The network is made up of retailers of all sizes who are supportive of creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can be themselves. The network aims to positively promote the retail sector as being a welcome place for all, no matter what our differences are.

It is great to see that 2013 was the most active year for retailers supporting LBGT Pride events in the UK, with The Co-operative, Asda and Tesco supporting almost 50 between them. Great work! I hope you enjoy reading this issue and if you’d like to contribute to future issues or have any feedback, i’d love to hear from you.

Supporting diversity and inclusion in the retail sector

Why don’t you sign up and become a ‘Friend of checkOUT’ ? Keep updated, find out about social, development and networking events, competitions and more. What are you waiting for? Anyone can become a member, including straight allies. Are you a retailer and want to show your visible support of diversity? If you are a retailer (you sell something), why not become a member of the network?

If you work in retail why don’t you tell your employer about checkOUT! You’ll see from the next page that some of the UK’s biggest brands have already become members and are visibly supporting their LGBT staff and customers.


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We are proud to introduce you to our founding members

Supporters of checkOUT


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We are officially unpacked Legendary campaigner and activist Peter Tatchell hailed a 'momentous year' for LGBT rights during the ‘official unpacking’ of the checkOUT network. The event was attended by more than 160 people from 50 different organisations and was hosted at The Co-operative’s new headquarters, Angel Square in Manchester at the end May. Guests at the event were treated to a fabulous goody bag kindly sponsored by The Co-operative Food. checkOUT supporter Barefoot Wine also served their delicious wines to guests – they went down a storm. checkOUT has been developed to offer opportunities for retailers of all sizes and those working in or have an interest in the sector to network, share best practice and ensure the sector is positively representing the diverse individuals they employ and serve. Our founding members collectively employ more than 500,000 people in the UK. Charlie Wheeler-Quinnell, Client Account Manager at Stonewall at the time commented, ‘Stonewall is proud to have been involved in the process of establishing checkOUT – a network to support the estimated 180,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual staff working in retail in the UK. We look forward to working with checkOUT in the future and hope it will inspire other sectors to collaborate on similar diversity initiatives. Modern 21st century employers know that people perform better when they can be themselves – and networks such as checkOUT help them do just that. With partners including The Co-operative Group – who secured the third position in the 2013 Stonewall Top 100 gayfriendly employers list – checkOUT is sure to go from strength to strength.’


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We’re proud to support checkOUT

Dates for your diary National Anti-Bullying Week November 18 – 22 The aims of the week are to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it. The theme to the week is 'The Future is Ours. Safe, Fun and Connected' More at

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) November 20 A day to remember those who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender violence. The day also acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. More at

World AIDS Day December 1

Please let us know if you know of an event you think our members and followers would be interested in. We’ll help you spread the word!

Held on 1 December each year, the day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. More at

LGBT History Month All of February 2014 Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. There is always lots going on all over the UK. The theme to the month is music. More at


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Stonewall launch their new network group guide and checkOUT is featured in it! Employee network groups play a vital role in delivering workplace equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The recently published ‘Maintaining Network Group Momentum: Supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual employees’ guide looks at the innovative and unique contributions network groups provide to the culture and reputation of organisations. It explains how network groups can improve the workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and how they support employers.

The guide covers the following areas: The business case Setting up a lesbian, gay and bisexual network The activities of a network group Visibility and communication Supporting network members Involving the network Innovative practice

Innovation We are proud that only months after we launched the checkOUT network we’ve been recognised for our innovative approach. There is a great little checkOUT case study on page 37 of the guide.

Download it for free You can download this guide and lots of other useful resources for free from the Stonewall website at

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The new Burberry CEO will become the 1st openly gay head of a FTSE 100 company Burberry’s new CEO, Christopher Bailey, is to be the first openly gay head of a FTSE 100 company when he takes on the role by mid-2014. Bailey is currently the company’s Chief Creative Officer, responsible for all consumer-face activities including product design and development, creative marketing, store designs, consumer technology and digital innovation. Richard Lane, Media Manager at Stonewall said: "It’s fantastic to see an openly gay role model leading a FTSE100 company. People perform better when they can be themselves and we know from our research that strong, visible role models foster engaged and motivated staff." On taking the role Bailey said: “I am profoundly moved and humbled to be asked to take on the CEO role at this company that means so much to me. I also feel privileged to be keeping my role as Chief Creative Officer, as I believe that creativity and innovation have been at the heart of our success in the last ten years and will be even more so in the decade ahead.”

Do you want to reach thousands of people? checkOUT can support with helping you promote an event, product or service. Get in touch for more information!

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Benny Higgins, Chief Executive of Tesco Bank lets us know how important Tesco’s LGBT network is to the organisation

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The success of Tesco in creating a business that employs over 500,000 people and serves millions of customers across 12 markets around the world is rooted in the values of the business. And a key value is ‘We treat everyone how we like to be treated’. A simple but powerful way of expressing the transcendental importance of decency between human beings. To embrace this value, one must recognise and celebrate differences. Furthermore, we must be tolerant of the legitimate choices that others make even if they are different to choices that we would make.

“It exists simply to cultivate a working environment where you can bring yourself to work regardless of your orientation.” 'Out at Tesco', with over 900 members, is one of the largest business network of its type in the UK. It does not exist to promote alternative sexual orientation, nor does it seek to be political in its intent. There are other bodies in the world that have been created for such purposes. It exists simply to cultivate a working environment where you can bring yourself to work regardless of your orientation. It exists to support people in the business who encounter intolerance. It is a complementary force to develop and maintain the sense of

meritocracy that lies at the heart of Tesco. I attended 'Gay Pride' in London a couple of weeks ago. Unsurprisingly, the Tesco colleagues who attended were outstanding ambassadors for our business. They demonstrated the politeness, openness and decency that – in our workplace – can help us serve more Tesco customers in more ways in the UK and elsewhere in the world. A few years ago I read an article by the great American actor Paul Newman which included the following passage: "I am a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either.  From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand the attacks on the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being ..... by the time I get through with the things I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant." Many people in the world agree with this sentiment, but sadly too many do not.  'Out at Tesco' and the other networks in the business make a crucial contribution in ensuring that that all colleagues are welcome, just as all customers are welcome.


Our members show their Pride

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In the last issue of ‘checkOUT’ we highlighted lots of the lesbian, gay, gay and bisexual (LGBT) Pride events that were being held all over the UK this Summer. There seemed to be more than ever. One sector in particular has led the way with their support of the Pride events...RETAIL! There didn’t seem to be a Pride event we went to where we didn’t spot one of our members marching with pride in a parade or engaging with the crowds at the events. This made us proud. The retail sector really stood out with their wonderful support of equality and diversity with thousands of employees of our members, and their friends and family supporting the events. Our members Tesco and The Co-operative have supported Pride events for many years and it was great to see the likes of Asda and Enterprise Rent-A-Car being more visible at the events, with Asda being present at over 20 Pride events in 2013. Fabulous work everyone!

Some of our highlights included: Enterprise Rent-A-Car and their ‘guess how many balloons were in the car’ competition at Cumbria Pride – an event they also proudly sponsored. Tesco proudly walking with Pride in the Glasgow Pride parade. We had the pleasure to speak to some of their ‘Out at Tesco’ members at the event and they were buzzing with pride. The Co-operative Group supporting their 80th Pride event including sponsoring and supporting 18 in 2013 alone. The UK’s most LGBT friendly retailer’s 244sqm ‘Pride’ billboard on Manchester’s famous Canal St was not one you could easily miss. Asda were definately loud and proud at Leeds Pride with 50 of their members making lots of noise in the parade. They also sponsored the event for the second consecutive year.

The Co-operative at Brighton Pride

Asda at Cardiff Mardis Gras


Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Cumbria Pride

Tesco at Manchester Pride

Some of our favourite photographs!

Photo’s by Chris Jepson

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Our members The Co-operative, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Tesco are shortlisted for prestigious European Diversity Awards The people, businesses and organisations that have excelled in promoting equality and diversity across Europe were honoured at the third European Diversity Awards held at the Natural History Museum in London on 26 September. The prestigious awards show, headline sponsored by Barclays and Google, took place in front of over six hundred guests. Fourteen awards were handed out by BBC newsreader Jane Hill who hosted the glittering event. We are delighted that three of our members were shortlisted for awards on the night, including: The Co-operative: Outstanding Employee Network Group (for the third consecutive year), Company of the Year and their LGBT

network Co-chair and checkOUT Editor Thomas Anderson for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’. Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Company of the Year Tesco: Outstanding Employee Network Group Speaking at the awards, BBC newsreader Jane Hill said: “The European Diversity Awards recognise the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens – irrespective of race, gender, physical or psychological abilities, sexual orientation, age, or religious belief. The awards provide an important opportunity to highlight some of the excellent work that people and organisations are doing to make a lasting difference.”

Find out more at


people perform better when they can be themselves The Stonewall Diversity Champions programme is Britain’s leading employers’ forum on sexual orientation. We help businesses, charities and public services to develop inclusive workplace cultures. For more information, email us at or contact the Stonewall office nearest you: 0207 593 1868 0131 474 8019 02920 237 744

We meet Co-operative Group Board Director and LGBT Senior Champion

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Jenny Barnes Please tell us about your role within The Co-operative I am a regionally elected Group Board Director of The Co-operative Group and Chair the Board's Diversity Strategy Committee. I now have the privilege to be a Senior Champion for our LGBT network Respect who are the largest and most active LGBT network in the UK with over 8,500 ‘Friends of Respect’.

And you’re Respect’s newest Senior Champion too. What does this mean to you? I have watched the Respect network grow from strength to strength and i am delighted to be a part of the wonderful team.

You’ve been along to lots of Respect events. Have you enjoyed them? I have celebrated at Cardiff Mardis Gras for several years, and I was Chair of the Values and Principals Committee that supported The Co-operative being actively involved before it was politically fashionable, and I'm enormously proud that The Co-operative led the way. During the International Year of Co-operatives we showcased our work on Diversity and hosted an international LGBT evening, spreading good practice internationally. I've also celebrated with other outstanding companies at the

Stonewall North West Awards evening, and attended a Stonewall seminar in London recently, linking companies and potentially their networks across business sectors with an aim to raise our game further. It's a really exciting time to be involved and may be duplicated in other diversity strands.

How important do you think employee network groups like Respect are? The Respect network is vital for The Co-operative as they help inform best practice and support individual colleagues, they lead the agenda and highlight it via social media. Other organisations are also seeing the benefits of committed and active employees.

How important do you think authentic role models are? The Respect network is a great place for new visible Role Models to emerge. The previous Champion was a great Role Model for the LGBT Community, and it is more important than ever for Directors to step up as Role Models, whether gender, race, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

The Respect network is an inclusive network where any employee can be a member, no matter what sexuality they identify

themselves as. How important do you think this is? I think it is great that any employee can show support of LGBT colleagues by becoming part of an inclusive and supportive network, and be advocates. Twitter followers show how easy it is to be part of it without full engagement.

What do you see the role of leaders in the business being with promoting and developing diverse and inclusive workplaces? As Directors, Diversity and Inclusion must be part of the Strategic and Business As Usual decision-making process. At The Co-operative this is fully in line with our Values and Principals, and means we look at more than the financial bottom line in business decisions, adding an ethical dimension. Recognising and harnessing the potential of all our employees is good for business and good for the individual. Why waste our best resource?

Follow ‘Respect’ on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT 12

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD Mamas & Papas scooped the first ever Stonewall Award for ‘Advert of the Year’ Yummy Mummy and Dreamy Daddy favourite Mamas & Papas scooped the first ever Stonewall Award for ‘Advert of the Year’ for its campaign featuring same-sex parents. The brand proudly declared ‘This is how we roll’ with its commitment to support different families.

Other winners at the event held on 7th November at the V&A Museum and supported by Gender Gap included: Russian LGBT Network and Lord Alli who were jointly named ‘Hero of the Year’ Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton was named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ The Quaker LGBT Fellowship was named ‘Community Group of the Year’ Visit to see a full list of the winners. Lots of inspiring people and organisations!



Nike supports LGBT equality The world’s largest sporting apparel company Nike, pledged to donate all proceeds from a special line of gear towards LGBT equality in sports, and has now donated £125,000 to an LGBT sporting charity. Nike launched the #BeTrue range earlier this year, which came to fruition in October as the sports apparel giant donated the £125,000 ($200,000) to the LGBT Sports Coalition. The coalition hopes to end homophobia in sports by

2016. According to Campus Pride, one of the groups affiliated with the coalition, said the donation was the largest Nike’s employee network has ever made to an LGBT cause, and the first ever made to the coalition. “Today we need more corporations to speak up and take a stand against anti-LGBT bias and bullying in sports,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride, said in the release. “And I think that’s a key point that Nike’s partnership here is going to drive home.”

lush supports equality in russia It was great seeing the deliciously smelling ‘LUSH’ store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre visibly displaying their support of equality in Russia on their till receipts recently #signOfLove The receipts encouraged customers to sign an online petition against the persecution of LGBT people in Russia. LUSH, we love you.

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give us a Christmas ad we’ll never forget checkOUT member ‘John Lewis’ have unveiled its much-anticipated Christmas advertising campaign that takes the form of a classic animated festive woodland adventure that pays tribute to all of our most memorable childhood Christmases. The beautifully handcrafted advert tells a classic story of friendship at Christmas. Featuring best friends a bear and a hare, it continues the longstanding focus of John Lewis adverts on going the extra mile at Christmas. The advert has been created using hand-drawn animation and represents the first time 2D animation in 3D sets has been used in an advert in the UK. John Lewis took a whole advert break in the X Factor exclusively. This was preceded by a teaser campaign, again exclusively on ITV. We were hooked! The story opens as winter is starting to draw in, and the fun and excitement of preparing for Christmas begins. As the first snowflake falls and lands on the bear’s nose, the hare starts to feel sad, as he realises that winter is nearing and soon his friend will be leaving to hibernate and will once again be missing Christmas. As the woodland animals begin preparing for Christmas in earnest, the bear can hold off his winter sleep no longer, and leaves the hare to go to his cave. We see the bear sleeping as the days and nights pass. Whilst all the other animals are getting into the Christmas spirit busy decorating the

forest and wrapping presents, we see the hare is finding it difficult to get excited as he’s missing his friend the bear. But he soon perks up when he has a great idea for a very special present for his friend. Featuring the strapline ‘Give someone a Christmas they’ll never forget’, the story evokes the excitement of a first Christmas and the importance of friendship and thoughtfulness. Craig Inglis, Marketing Director, John Lewis, comments: “We wanted our advert to reflect the importance of finding the right gift for friends and loved ones, a theme which we have built on for a number of years. Through the use of hand-crafted animation, we’re hoping to evoke nostalgia and build anticipation ahead of Christmas.” Created by advertising agency Adam&Eve/DDB, the ad is set to a cover of Keane’s 2004 hit ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ sung by chart topping recording artist Lily Allen. The track is available to download on iTunes now. The campaign with media planning and buying by Manning Gottlieb OMD kicked off with a 120-second TV advert on the 9th November and is supported by a combination of three shorter versions for six weeks. The total campaign cost including all production and media is £7 million. The ad can be viewed on and the John Lewis YouTube channel at


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The ‘Gays of Manchester’ calendar brings together portraits of Manchester’s diverse LGBT community and pays homage to their support for people living with HIV. It only costs £13 (inc P&P) and all the money raised goes to supporting the work of the fab HIV charity George House Trust. Buy it online at

Personalised Wooden Spoon by AUNTIE MIMS Unique! We couldn’t help but lol when we spotted these online. Unique engraved personalised wooden spoons for big and little bakers. A great gift for any occasion with a range of options for engraving and personalisation. They’re a bargain at only £5.50 each. Buy them online at

John was crowned the winner of Series 3 of the hugely successful TV show ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and has since published his first book, ‘John Whaite Bakes’ – the perfect christmas gift. Will you be venturing to any Christmas markets this year? We spotted you at the huge Manchester Christmas Markets last year. I sure will. I'm going to Berlin in December to taste the German markets. Though Manchester markets will always be my true holiday home!

What is the highlight of Christmas for you? Family, friends, and food!

Do you have anything on your Christmas gift wish list? A dining room table, an updated kitchen, a more toned body – probably won't get any so I'll settle with a Terry's Chocolate Orange. 

Treat your friends and family to leading LGB charity ‘Stonewall’ swanky festive greetings cards this holiday season! There are ten cards per pack, with ten white envelopes. They cost £6.50 for 10 (includes 10 envelopes) plus postage and packaging. It’s recommend that you order before 13th December in order to guarantee that you can post your cards in time for Christmas. You can purchase the cards, and other fab Stonewall branded gifts at buy_your_stonewall_merchandise



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We need to keep reminding people that ‘We Exist’ The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) have published a very useful resource booklet titled ‘We Exist’. As lesbian, gay and bisexual people it is important that we are visible in public life to show that we are part of society, just like everyone else. The guide aims to encourage more lesbian, gay and bisexual people to represent themselves and the things that matter to them. This will remind people that ‘We Exist’ and we can and should get involved in public life. Often the issues that directly affect the lesbian, gay and bisexual community may go unheard or un-addressed, unless there is an active voice around the table that is championing the needs of our community.

Find out more and download the ‘We Exist’ booklet at


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Barefoot Wine have been ‘Out and Proud’ for over 25 years Barefoot Wine is the most awarded wine brand in the US, and has been supporting the LGBT community for over 25 years in the UK and America. In the UK, Barefoot Wine has supported hundreds of LGBT events over the past few years, including Pride events since 2008. In 2012, Barefoot Wine supported 148 Pride festivals around the world: 14 in Europe and 6 in the UK. 2013’s events were even bigger and better and this year, the Barefooters helped thousands of Pride attendees have a brilliant time at events in London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool and Oldham. As well as sponsoring the ‘Attitude Awards’ and lots of other LGBT events around the UK. Barefoot Wine’s award winning range traces its roots back to the carefree days of California in the 1960’s, but its success really kicked off when it re-launched in 1986 as a much-needed wine that didn’t take itself too seriously. Part of the Barefoot Wine philosophy is that good things happen to those that do good, and for years our Barefooters have worked with communities and partnered with non-profit organisations, including those in the LGBT community.

More about Barefoot Wine Barefoot Wine got started in California in the 1960s. Its founders believed that wine should be more fun and less serious; and created a wine that could be enjoyed by everyone from first-time wine drinkers to hard-core aficionados. Barefoot Wine is the most awarded and number 1 selling wine brand in the US under $15 and was introduced to the UK in 2007. Staying true to its grassroots beginnings Barefoot Wine gives back to local non-profit groups through charitable wine donations. In addition to several years of cleaning British beaches with the Surfers Against Sewage, Barefoot Wine has also supported the LGBT community. To find an event near you, visit us at or The Barefoot Wine range has a RRP of £6.99 featuring many delicious wines including: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Merlot, Shiraz, White Zinfandel, Pink Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also stocked by many other retailers and in an increasing number of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

They’ve toasted same-sex marriages on top of a giant wedding cake and supported Pride festivals around the globe and danced with every kind of Foot Fan out there. Their other community initiatives also include this summer’s biggest ever Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage and campaign ambassador Ben Fogle.


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In January 2013, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a history project which encouraged local people to learn more about the LGB&T past. Earlier this year, they hosted a series of fun LGB&T heritage quizzes across Greater Manchester as well as a series of bi-monthly learning events which looked at the Polari language and the LGB&T history of Manchester among other topics. As part of the project, 10 volunteers also worked to create an exciting new interactive timeline charting

heritage of the city as it has played a large role in pushing the equality agenda in the UK. The timeline therefore charts the rise of various charities that grew up in the region to support LGB&T people and progress the fight for equality. Dr Caroline Yorston, who is leading the project, said “Historically LGB&T people have stood in the shadows of popular history, but projects like this ensure this once hidden history metaphorically and literally ‘comes out’. Dr Yorston added; "Timelines are great for illustrating the course of a journey, in this case from criminalisation in 1885 to marriage equality in 2013. We made the timeline online and interactive as we really want LGB&T people to engage in a meaningful way with their heritage.” The timeline will be a lasting legacy of the project and it is hoped that future milestones will be added in due course, making it a ‘live’ timeline. The

the many challenges and successes experienced by the LGBT community over the last

timeline can be viewed at:

100 years. The timeline has a UK focus and charts events and people of significance

For details about the timeline or any of the events please email

including the death of Alan Turing in 1954, the first Gay Pride March of 1979 and the launch of the first magazine for lesbian women in 1963. Being Manchester-based, The LGF were also keen for the

FREE LGBT MAGAZINES Did you know there are lots of free LGBT magazines available to read online? Here are just a few that bring you local news and event info all over the UK. 1- MIDLANDS ZONE: 2- GSCENE (Brighton and Hove): 3- OUT NORTH WEST:

New Interactive Timeline of LGBT History Launched

timeline to celebrate the LGB&T


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In issue 3 of checkOUT we will be bringing you details of the next official checkOUT networking events.

If you need support or have no one to talk to about coming to terms with your sexuality, bullying or you just have no one like you to speak to – there is lots of support out there. Don’t suffer in silence! Stonewall Stonewall's free information service can answer your questions about gay rights. Need some support? Call us on 08000 502020, 9.30am – 5.30pm, Mon – Fri Lots more info at

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) The LGF is a registered charity fighting for and supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual people. If you can’t find any support where you are ring the LGF helpline 0845 3 30 30 30, 10am-10pm daily. Lots more info at

We are looking at hosting checkOUT networking and social events throughout the year, and all over the UK. We know that if you do not live in a city or large town there is often a lack of LGBT events, especially if you don’t have any gay bars close by. We don’t all live in the city! We want to change this but to do this we need YOUR help. Please get in touch with us if you’d be interested in supporting us with spreading the ‘checkOUT’ name and helping us arrange events at a local level. Thank you! We’d love to hear your feedback on this issue too, please get in touch with us.

The Beaumont Society A national self help body run by and for those who crossdress or are trans-sexual.   We welcome all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed  or colour, and all varieties from nervous new transgender people to those who are experienced and confident in their second gender. Lots more info at

The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) AKT supports young LGBT 16–25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment. Contact the team on 0207 831 6562 (London), 0161 228 3308 (Manchester) or 0191 281 0099 (Newcastle) Lots more info at


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checkOUT Issue 2  

Following the success of our first issue we bring you issue 2. We are delighted to have a big two page feature from our 'official unpacking'...

checkOUT Issue 2  

Following the success of our first issue we bring you issue 2. We are delighted to have a big two page feature from our 'official unpacking'...