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Show your Euphoria support We meet the winner of for Eurovision 2012, Loreen marriage Read our 5 page Eurovision Song Contest Special equality EXCLUSIVE interview with Top for singer and actress students Read all See page 4

We are named ‘Employer of about Lucy’s the Year’ at the National ‘Winter Student Pride Awards


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Welcome to our biggest issue of Respect to date. Included in this issue are more Co-operative employee stories and contributions than ever before. Respect was founded by employees, is co-ordinated by employees and exists for employees of The co-operative

Respect member Kevin introduces us all to Village Bakers. It is baking up a storm and is not one to be missed

Meet our very first ‘Guest Editors’ of the Respect magazine, employees from The Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Brighton

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Respect member Kevin introduces us all to Village Bakers. It is baking up a storm and is not one to be missed

Daniel is a man of many talents. Not only is he a great talent in our IT department but he was also one of the first ever DJ’s to broadcast on hit radio station Gaydio - on the stations first ever day!

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Read all about our Respect Celebration event and our success at the National Student Pride and Stonewall’s North West Top Employer Awards Pages 9, 13 and 18

Exclusive interviews galore Find out more about what the Aspire network have been up to Pages 24-25

We have interviews with Steve Anderson, producer of some of Kylie’s best loved hits, X Factor 2012 finalist Christopher Maloney and one woman band IAMiTY.

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You got the music in me! We’ve had the Grammy and the Brit awards already this year and in May Europe will celebrate all things Eurovision. With so much attention on the world of music we thought we would bring you a special ‘music’ themed magazine. It is the biggest issue of Respect to date and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it for you.

A note from Thomas & Victoria 2013 shows now sign of slowing down for the Respect network. 2012 was a huge year for the network but 2013 has got off to our strongest ever start. The support for Respect inside the business and beyond never fails to amaze us. We did a ‘soft launch’ of our very own Twitter account in mid January and within six weeks we had over 1,300 followers and a huge amount of attention with tweets from X Factor Alumni Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas as well as lots of charities, community groups and competitors following us. You can follow Respect on Twitter at @CoopRespectLGBT - go on, what are you waiting for! We have had lots of Respect Steering Group meetings and we have some exciting news coming soon. We think you are going to like it. Thomas had the pleasure of managing The Cooperative’s sponsorship of National Student Pride that took place in Brighton on 1-3 March. It was a great event and we were crowned ‘Employer of the Year’ at the first ever National Student Pride Awards - a proud moment for us both. The organisers did a great job and they pulled off an amazing event. The support from the employees from The Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Brighton astonished us and it was like being with family, it was so nice to see employees being so close and doing so much to support their local community. Read more on pages 8 and 9.


yone is welc ome ! @thomasinmanc @Mackem23 This brings us nicely onto this issue, that very branch are Respect’s very first ‘Guest Editors’. We had the idea of introducing a Guest Editor for three issues of Respect a year, each being from a different part of the business. Read more from Chris and the team throughout this issue. We also bring you lots of photos from Respect and other Co-operative arranged events, including our Respect Celebration Event that was supported by Barefoot Wine (page 18) and the Aspire network’s ‘International Women’s Day’ event (page 24) as well as Stonewall’s North West Employer Awards that we hosted in January (page 13). This is our biggest issue of Respect, a massive 44 pages. We felt it was important to include the huge amount of member stories and contributions and to get these to you quicker than we have in the past. The ideas have been flooding in, so big thanks to everyone that has contributed to this issue. It has been a pleasure bringing it all together and producing it. Thomas has produced this issue after seven months away from the ‘Editor’ seat. Rich will be back with you for the next issue. It will be another packed edition and we have some treats up our sleeves. We hope you enjoy reading this special ‘music’ themed issue. If you have any feedback, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Thomas Anderson & Victoria Cowley Respect Co-chair’s

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Say hello to our first ever Guest Editors So here we are, the first ever Guest Editors of the fabulous Respect magazine. Let us introduce ourselves. We are Chris, Ian, Maria and Andy and we all work for The Co-operative Funeralcare at the branch in the wonderful Brighton. We have all been members of Respect for some time and it has been a pleasure to watch on and see the network go from strength to strength. We are all very active with supporting the LGBT community in Brighton and the surrounding area and we even have a Community window in the branch that we decorate with images and memorabilia to celebrate and raise awareness of local events that have included Brighton and National Student Pride. We have joined in The Co-operative s parade entry in Brighton Pride for many years and it is always a hoot. We are so proud of The Co-operative s support for the LGBT community all over the UK. We hope you enjoy our contributions to this very varied and we think fantastic issue of Respect.

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We are delighted to announce that we will be sponsors of this year’s award ceremony. We were crowned ‘Diverse Business of the Year’ at last year’s fabulous ceremony. Voting is now open for this years diverse categories that cover all areas of diversity from age and religion to LGBT and gender. You can find out more and nominate at

The Co-operative are a sponsor of the 2013 National Diversity Awards

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Win a signed copy of Bruno Mars hit album Unorthodox Jukebox What a prize eh. Who doesn’t love a bit of Bruno! To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of the album that includes the hit ‘Locked out of heaven’ all you need to do is email us the answer to the question below; Which of these songs was a huge hit for Bruno? a) The Snoozy Song b) The Energy Song c) The Lazy Song Email your answer to by 19th May 2013. Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Like us on Facebook coming soon!

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Songs that make you Last Summer we asked our lovely Respect members to let us know what songs made you smile . This was linked in with our 2012 Pride campaign theme of Smiling With Pride . We received an amazing 756


responses, some obvious and some, well let s just say, a little surprising. But hey, music touches us all in different ways and one person s My Way is another s Agadoo . We loved reading through them all. Here are some of the one s that stood out. // Nominated 56 times was Eric Idle s famous Alway s Look


The Bright Side Of Life . // Another song that received over 40 nominations was Queen s Don t Stop Me Now . Tune! // Other popular songs included Scissor Sisters I Don t Feel Like Dancing , Girls Aloud The Promise , Kylie s All The Lovers , B*Witched Ces t La Vie , Michael Jackson s Billie Jean , Elton John s Crocodile Rock and Belinda Carlisle s 80s

Th were ere lot nom inati s of on song s fro s for mF Figh Mon ters, Ar oo ctic keys , C old even two play for Slipk not!

classic Heaven Is A Place On Earth .

They ve been releasing music since 1999 but Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have just started to blow up internationally. Their new album, and 7th, Heartthrob is deďŹ nitely a favourite at Respect HQ. It includes the upbeat and very catchy Closer and the Roxetteesque I Was A Fool . We love it and we highly recommend you check it out. Heartthrob is out now. Find out more at and follow the girls on Twitter @teganandsara

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Guest Editor Feature

The Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus The chorus exists to give people from the LGBT community in and around Greater Manchester the opportunity to make music in a friendly and safe environment. They meet to rehearse, socialise, to give concerts and to perform at a range of events, including civil partnerships and events promoted by other LGBT community groups and affiliated organisations. They have played at a number of events arranged by The Co-operative. They’re fab! Find out more at

Qukulele, Brighton The group formed after Brighton Pride 2009 when Al Start, the well-known Brighton singer-songwriter who had been performing there, decided it would be fun to hold ukulele jams for the local LBGT population. The jams offered an opportunity to get together with other uke enthusiasts, beginners very welcome, and strum along to old favourites in the comfort of a local pub. Multi- layered harmonies and a whole load of ukulele pickin’ and strummin’ are delivered from a sea of Hawaiian shirts. Find out more at & @QukuleleUK

South Wales Gay Women’s Choir

Wales’ first all-lesbian choir has promised to come out singing and break down stigmas around homosexuality – as well as making a splash with their music. Two couples from Cardiff decided to set up the South Wales Gay Women’s Choir – informally known as Lez Sing – after being inspired by the success of the South Wales Gay Chorus. Find out more by emailing the choir at


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We re off to Brighton for the annual Stonewall Equality Walk on 5th May. Come and join us! We plan to have a Respect network entry in this years Equality Walk in Brighton. Now in it’s 10th year the event is a great opportunity to raise money for Stonewall as well as soak up the lively atmosphere, have a day out with friends and family, meet the celeb hosts and have a laugh along the way. Unfortunately, homophobic bullying is ruining the lives of many young gay, lesbian and bisexual people and the money raised will go towards supporting Stonewall tackle this. So what are you waiting for, sign up today. Drop us an email when you sign up and we will all arrange to meet on the day and make a day of it.

The Co-operative will shortly launch the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT Network, checkOUT.

For more info and to register your place visit

Coming soon! @checkOUTLGBT

So you think your child is gay?

We opened our mail recently (as you do) and in one of the envelopes was a copy of Stonewalls brand new guide for parents who may think that their child is gay. It’s called ‘So you think your child is gay’ and it really is a great little booklet. It aims to answers lots of common questions that parents may have around the subject of sexual orientation. Some of the questions answered include ‘is it just a phase?’, ‘did I do something wrong?’ and ‘will I still be welcome at church?’. Stonewall is distributing the pocket-size guide to thousands of GPs’ surgeries, libraries and schools across the UK. Written in plain English, it dispels the common myths about what being gay means for young people, as well as helping parents to create a supportive environment for their children. You can read more and download the guide for free at

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Music and me

№ 16 | April 2013 The day itself was amazing and even

By Chris Sarson

more so for The

Funeral Director The Co-operative Funeralcare, Brighton


May I just say I wish to add song to the

attend a meet

title as both Music and Song have


After the event I was invited to and greet with the chorus and

played a very big part of my life. Even

since then it s

though I can t read music, I started

been onwards

playing the hand bells in High School,

and upwards,

which led to me playing the Church

learning many

Tower Bells, more commonly known as

songs and trying to read music which I still can t do, ha-ha.

Campanology. Although in my case, more Camp than Ology!

The chorus is a registered charity and we also raise funds for the Sussex Beacon who provide care for

Music plays a part in all of our lives, from

people affected by HIV.

orchestra s, bongo drums, walking by a bar, sitting on a beach, to playing music & song at funerals. The world is music .

I have been welcomed by everyone at the chorus and having the full support of my friends and colleagues at Funeralcare, Brighton has made my

On a weekend trip from my home town of Leicester

move from Leicester even more enjoyable.

to Brighton Pride in 2009 I came across The Co-operative Funeralcare who were supporting the

I had my first concert on Sunday December 11th

LGBT community in Preston Park (Brighton Pride).

2011 at the Brighton Dome. I was well supported by my many work friends and colleagues and of

Having been a Funeral Director for 27 years, I had

course, The Co-operative family of businesses,

to congratulate Funeralcare for their support of the

raising much needed funds for the Sussex Beacon.

event. I chatted with the manager Sharon Mercer and I ended up keeping in touch with her. In

Since The Dome show in 2011 we have had many

November that year, I relocated and started my

successes. Guilty Treasures (a search for the

position with The Co-operative Funeralcare,

ultimate gay song) which raised funds for our

Brighton, as a Funeral Director. The following year I

nominated charity, Brighton and Hove LGBT

was part of the team at Brighton Pride 2010.

Switchboard at our Brighton Fringe Festival show. 7 Year Itch (No Rash Decisions) , our summer show

Having worked mainly for a family firm for the

raised funds for the Shine Theatre Group.

majority of my career it was a breath of fresh air to work for a company so heavily involved with the

World Aids Day on December 1st was a great

local community in which we live.

success with over 250 people attending and we had the support of many other chorus groups from

Brighton Pride 2011 was to see us team up with the

Brighton taking part.

Brighton Gay Men s Chorus, sponsored by The Co-operative Membership. We had lines to learn,

With the support of The Co-operative Food and

songs to sing, costumes to wear and we supported

Membership we provided over 400 mince pies for

the Plan B float itself on the day. A few of us from

attendees after the concert. This also raised funds

the group attended rehearsals with the chorus.

for the Rainbow Fund based in Brighton.

We even had choreography to learn for I am what I

The amount of community support provided by The Co-operative Group is truly astonishing.

am which has been the chorus signature tune since being on The Last Choir Standing on BBC1.


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№ 16 | April 2013 For the latest Christmas Show, Pull A Cracker show (A Christmas Crescendo) at the Dome in December 2012, we sold over 1500 tickets, raising thousands of pounds for the Sussex Beacon. The program for this show was kindly sponsored by The Co-operative Funeralcare. On 13th November 2012, Brighton Gay Men s Chorus released a charity single called You Make Me Proud which is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and from all good online retailers. 10% of the profits from sales of the single will be donated to Stonewall, the UK s national lesbian, gay and bisexual charity. Brighton Gay Men s Chorus is delighted to announce the appointment of actress June Brown as their first Patron. June is well known for her long-standing role as Dot Branning in EastEnders. A TV icon!

show there was a solo song Angel at which most people cried but the next song, The 12 Gays Of Christmas made people laugh. I think it s amazing how through music and song we can all laugh and cry. 2013 is set to be a busy year again. I have just been appointed Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Chorus. In February we attended a choral competition in Manchester with over fifty members of the chorus traveling from Brighton and we won, an amazing day. This event was also sponsored by The Co-operative Membership. We re already planning our Brighton Fringe shows, Summer show, including Brighton Pride and yet again our Christmas show. As a registered charity, part of our key objectives are to promote equality and diversity, to raise public awareness of the LGBT community, and to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We love song and the positive message it sends out to everyone, wherever they are in the world, and whatever their situation.

You can find out more about the Brighton Gay Men s Chorus at I am proud to say I work for The Co-operative Funeralcare and proud of the way we get involved in the community in which we live and serve. Music & singing has been a major part of my life as after singing at funerals for 27 years it has been nice to get involved on a different level of singing and getting more involved in my local community. The thrill of performing and the joy that music and

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song bring to people are amazing. At our Christmas

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The Co-operative is the only employer/brand in the UK to support Equal Marriage in Parliament This is not about gay rights, it’s about equal rights At the beginning of February, MPs voted overwhelmingly - by 400 to 175 - to support marriage equality in England and Wales. This was an enormously welcome first step towards securing this final measure to legislative equality. However, opposition remains. The Bill progressed to Committee stage where MPs are able to scrutinise the proposals in detail and sadly we’ve already seen dozens of wrecking amendments. In the coming months the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will return to the House of Commons for its Third Reading. This will allow MPs another opportunity to vote on the proposals.

People should be treated as individuals “The Co-operative believes that people should be treated as individuals, rather than being treated differently because of a particular personal characteristic, background, life experience or belief,” said Sharon Pegg, Co-operative Group Inclusion and Diversity Manager. Sharon added, “We appreciate that many people will hold different views; including people who we value as customers, members and employees. However, we live in a diverse society and it is important that we recognise this as an integral part of the way we do business.”

Living our ethics and values Following our submission as part of the Governments Consultation on Equal Marriage, The Co-operative was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Bill Committee. Liz Bramley, Head of Employee Engagement & Diversity for The Co-operative, went to the Houses of Parliament to give evidence in support. The Co-operative was the only employer/brand to give evidence to the committee. Liz even appeared on TV!

Spreading the word A still from our ‘The Co-operative Loves Equal Marriage’ video. Our little YouTube hit.

The Co-operative Loves Equal Marriage Following The Co-operative’s support of Equal Marriage by submitting a response in support as part of the Government’s consultation last Spring, the Group reiterated it’s support before the MPs voted in February. The Respect network Steering Group, with the full support of the business, produced the ‘The Co-operative Love’s Equal Marriage’ video that included many Respect members, other Stonewall Diversity Champions as well as Paul Flowers, Chair of The Co-operative Banking Group and Liz Bramley, Head of Employee Engagement & Diversity for The Co-operative. We even had a cameo from representatives from Stonewall. We loved the full experience and a big thank you to Ben Brosnan, one of Respect Communication Co-ordinator’s for producing the video. You did a great job! As a clear indication of support, the video has been uploaded to The Co-operative’s corporate website as well as the official YouTube account for The Co-operative. The video has been viewed over 1,000 times, you can view it by typing ‘The Co-operative Loves Equal Marriage' into YouTube.


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Following the release of our Equal Marriage video there were headline news articles on The Co-operative intranet, Facebook and lots of Co-operative tweets. The Facebook article generated over 300 ‘likes’ and 100 comments. It is one of the most commented and liked articles of 2013. The news story was also published on many external sites including The Grocer, Co-operative News and Manchester TV. We were pleased to support The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Stonewall’s ‘Equal Marriage’ campaigns.

Some of the press coverage we received following the release of our video. Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Like us on Facebook coming soon!

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The Regional Champion Programme is a key priority for the Respect Network Steering Group. Here we catch up with our newest Regional Champion,

Carolyn Jones

I've worked for The Co-operative for nine years, and up until February 2012 that was in pharmacy branches. I now work as an Operations Process Co-ordinator which is a really varied role and changes daily. It's often challenging, but always rewarding and certainly never dull!  I wanted to join the Respect network because I really support the message and the ethos, and being able to become a member of the Regional Champion Team is a huge honour and a great opportunity to take that message to a wider audience. Unlike many other employee LGBT networks the Respect network is an inclusive network where non LGBT employees can be members but also be a part of our Respect Steering Group & Regional Champion Team. How important do you think this is? I think it's hugely important. Not identifying as LGBT does not mean that belonging to a diverse and supportive company is any less important. I truly believe that if we all only fought for what directly affected us, the world would be a much darker place to live.

How important do you think our Regional Champion Programme is for developing the network and supporting even more employees and local communities?

Above: Carolyn is pictured with her boyfriend James. All very festive.

Below: Carolyn joined us in our 2012 Manchester Pride parade entry. She brought along her mother too and she says they all had a wonderful day.

I think the programme is a massive leap forward, and when it gets fully on it's feet, the benefits will be reaped across the board! I think we really need to have a presence across the family of businesses and across our communities too and having created a role specifically for that purpose was a great idea.

What do you hope to be able to do in your role of North West Regional Champion over the next 12 months?

My first move is going to be to make more colleagues across the business aware of Respect, and what we do. There's a real positive message that needs to be shared across the board. I'd really like to not only get more of our LGBT colleagues involved with Respect, but to get more "straight allies" on board!

You've spent many years not working in a head office environment and you have worked in many Pharmacy branches. How do you think we can raise the profile of the Respect network across Co-operative Group stores and locations all over the UK?

My first instinct would be to have Regional Managers involved. If you can get the message to them, and gain their support that will drip feed through to individual stores. Obviously as a Regional Champion I'd like to go to stores personally but there's no way I can visit each branch for each sector of the business so having management spread the word too I think is the way forward.

Have you ever been out on the 'gay scene'?

One of my best friends at school was "out" as was his big brother, so I did most of my partying for years on Canal Street! I always loved the atmosphere, and as a youngster I always felt much more at home on the "scene" than in straight clubs, I still do to be fair, although I'm far too dull to go out clubbing now! Email your stories and get in touch at

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Wow. Our Stonewall success was picked up by the UK’s biggest publications, reaching over 7 million people.

Respect’s Co-chair Thomas and Fundraising Co-ordinator Matthew are the first openly gay employee couple to be featured in a Co-operative Group magazine Following him winning the ‘Pride of The Co-operative Pharmacy Award’ for his work as Co-chair of the Respect network, Thomas Anderson was featured in the Co-operative Pharmacy staff magazine US!. He is pictured with his partner, Matthew Thatcher, and Sharon Pegg, The Co-operative’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager. In the caption next to the photo Matthew is acknowledged as being Thomas’ partner. We have been advised that this is the first time a same sex couple has ever appeared in a Co-operative employee publication. Watch out for our double page Respect article in the next issue of US! - in every business areas version!


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The Co-operative Sets Governance Diversity Targets That Go Well Beyond Those of Rivals  The Co-operative has underlined its ambition to become the UK’s most representative large business in terms of diversity and governance by setting itself exacting targets for the next five years. The Co-operative will encourage the election of more women to its main boards of directors and seek to ensure that its democratically elected Area Committees are more representative of the communities they serve across the length and breadth of the UK. As part of its newly released Ethical Plan, the business has committed to ensuring that 40 per cent of the Co-operative Group and Bank boards will be made up of women by 2018. This target goes well beyond that recommended for FTSE100 companies to reach 25 per cent by 2015. Indeed, The Co-operative’s main Board has been 25 per cent female since 2011. The Group also stated that the composition of its 48 area committees that are an integral part of the Group’s democracy will become more representative of the communities in which they operate.

We’re taking ethics to the next level! ‘By 2014 the membership of the elected Area Committees, which enable members to have a say in the running of the business, will aim to be consistent with 50 per cent of that proportion of the UK population that are carers, disabled, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and by 2016 will be consistent with 75 per cent of the proportion of the population that are from ethnic minorities.’ Group Chair Len Wardle said: “We want to be the most socially responsible business in the UK and our latest Ethical Plan sets out our intention to improve the diversity of our governance structures. “These are difficult targets and we have far to go, but our businesses operates in communities across the UK so it is essential that we work even harder to ensure that our governance structure represents them.”

will maintain its £500,000 Community Shares Fund. • Having achieved a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from our operations since 2006, we will increase this to 50% by 2020. • Having facilitated over 40,000 loans by the end of 2012, The Cooperative will grow its partnership with further in order to facilitate 100,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world by the end of 2013. • We will continue to show the greatest commitment to Fairtrade in the UK, remaining second to none in terms of availability and overtrade. We are on track to meet our target that if a primary commodity from the developing world can be Fairtrade, it will be Fairtrade by the end of this year.

Other highlights from the revised Ethical Plan include: • Our stores and branches will act as a focus for 12,000 community initiatives per annum and we will continue to be socially inclusive, maintaining a physical presence in every postal area in the UK. • The Co-operative will provide an additional £1m of support to cooperative enterprise in 2013, and


Our ‘National Student Pride Award’ win makes the headlines

Following The Co-operative being named ‘Employer of the Year’ at the inaugural National Student Pride Awards on the 2nd March, the news was picked up by lots of news websites including Canal St, Mancunian Matters and Gay UK News. There was also an article on The Co-operative Group Facebook page that generated many comments and likes as well as a tweet from The Co-operative. On our win, Labour councillor and Lead Member for Gay Men in Manchester, Kevin Peel, commented, “The Co-op Group has demonstrated its commitment to equality over many years through actions such as supporting Manchester Pride and the LGBT staff group does some excellent work.”

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60 Respect members joined us at our February Respect event

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On 28th February we hosted a little do to celebrate the hard work of so many Respect members in contributing to our success in the 2013 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Held at The Co-operative Banking Group HQ the event was attended by 60 Respect members (capacity) from all business areas and from around the UK. We were delighted to see lots of new faces and lots of members that work in our stores. Big thanks to everyone that attended. The event was supported by The Cooperative Food and suppliers of The Cooperative, Barefoot Wine, were on hand to serve attendees glasses of their delicious wines. Barefoot Wine also did some great competitions on the night and gave away lots of freebies including beach towels and stickers. The atmosphere in the room was buzzing and lots of us headed to Canal St to carry on the celebrations. It was great to see lots of new friendships forming on the night. We have similar events planned for other locations all over the UK so watch this space! Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Like us on Facebook coming soon!

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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 are set to be even bigger and better and this year, the Barefooters will be helping thousands of Pride attendees have

and less serious; and created a wine that could be enjoyed by everyone from first-time wine drinkers to 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 8 varietals: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscato, Merlot, Shiraz, White Zinfandel, Pink Moscato and Cabernet Sauvignon. Barefoot Wine is now available in many Co-operative Food stores. It is also stocked by many other retailers and in an increasing number of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants.

a brilliant time at events in London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool and Oldham. 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. 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

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Michelle Lockwood is The Co-operative Membership’s National Project Officer. We caught up with her to learn a bit more about her role and what she enjoys doing when she’s not on the job I have now been working for The Co-operative Group for over two years, though I have been involved with co-ops for much longer in one way or another. I work within the National Project Team which is part of Membership. We are a growing team that is responsible for a rather eclectic mix of projects. We manage the Group’s academies and schools programmes, the Film Festival and various diversity initiatives and bodies within the Society. Every day is different and I love it! I could be stuffing envelopes, applying for planning permission or speaking with members of the board all in the same hour. I get to work with a wonderful myriad of stakeholders on all levels providing me with rich challenges that I thrive on. I live with my wife Kath (we had a civil partnership in 2011, though it makes me smile when she calls me wife) and our two boys that keep us on our toes. I like to keep active outside of work too and we both encourage the boys to embrace exercise in many forms rather than watch the TV. If we are not climbing, bike riding or rambling then the boys are being shipped to swimming, basketball or Woodcraft. Both Kath and I volunteer for our local Woodcraft Folk district and enjoy encouraging children to think in the hope they will help build a peaceful, fairer world. Since starting at the Group I developed and implemented the Membership Diversity Strategy. As a Society we would like our membership to be representative of the communities in which we trade. For the next three years our regions will be delivering a series of actions to increase inclusion within our elected bodies and widen our reach in the communities we serve. I have been working with the Respect Network to diversify the support membership offers the LGB&T community and we have already done some positive work with Gaydio as well as work on Pride events. Please use the Membership website to watch out for events in your region that the team will be running; even volunteer to help if you can.

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We sweetened up the streets of the North West of England

We were delighted to donate over 500 tubes of the naughty but very nice Swizzels Love Heart sweets to the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) to support their ‘Love Equal Marriage’ roadshow. As part of the roadshow the LGF stopped off at locations all over the North West including Bury and Manchester, spreading the love along the way. They even came across a couple who had just got married at Manchester Town Hall. Well done guys and girls!

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Fundraiser of the Year Respect’s very own Anna Hanson, our Fundraising Officer, was crowned ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at the recent People in Pharmacy Awards for her part in Respect raising over £13,000 for LGBT charities in 2012. She commented, “I was so excited and proud when I was nominated for the award. I felt I was being thanked for something I love doing. I was so overjoyed at being nominated and I did not expect to win. I just wanted to enjoy the evening, celebrating the hard work all the nominees have been doing. The award ceremony took place in a very grand hall that was like something out of Harry Potter! I think me winning shows that people high up in The Co-operative are behind the work Respect does and that they are investing in their LGBT staff, making The Co-operative a better and more inclusive place to work. The rest of the Respect Steering Group and I have many plans for the year ahead, working with lots of great charities and community groups!”

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He came top of the public vote for an impressive seven weeks, Respect meets X Factor 2012 finalist Christopher Maloney Congratulations on making the final of X Factor 2012. How would you sum up the whole X Factor experience?

It was amazing. It could have been better though if the papers were nicer to me. There was an orchestrated campaign against me but there was lots of high points. Singing with Gary Barlow and Rod Stewart, it doesn’t get better.

You came top of the phone poll for seven consecutive weeks, proving to be the most popular contestant with the public. How do you feel about that?

It has never happened before in the shows history. I was the first to do it and i’ve set the bar. And I was in the over’s category too. Who would have thought!

What is your favourite song to perform? It has to be ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Westlife. I have a real connection with it. When I performed it on X Factor I dedicated it to my nan, if it wasn’t for her I would never have been on the show. Every time I perform it I dedicate it to everyone that voted for me to say thanks.

Who are you closest to out of all the X Factor contestants?

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I’m closest to Rylan and Jamie from Union J, and the lads from District3.

It’s the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Would you represent the UK if you were asked? One million percent yes. Definitely.

Family is very important to you. Did you have a role model growing up? My Nan and Grandad, both of them were my role models. We have very strong family morals and they have stuck by them and brought us all up with them.

What are your views on Equal (same sex) Marriage?

All for it. I’d love to get married in a church one day. I’m a Catholic and I go to church every Sunday, why shouldn’t I be able to get married there!

Can we expect to see you performing at any UK Pride events this Summer? At the time of doing this interview no one has approached me yet. I’d love to do it and if I get approached i’ll be up for it.

What’s next for you?

I’m in negotiations with a few record labels so i’ll hopefully have an album out by the end of the year. I’ve written a few songs but the style of the album will depend on what the record label says. Find out more about Christopher and keep updated at Email your stories and get in touch at

Thank you for our thank you card Big thanks to the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) for the Thank You card we recently received for the recent support we have given them. It means a lot to us all!

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Here are som e of the comments fro m our LGBT History Month intranet article s ‘Glad to see that Co-op takes an active in terest in LGBT rights an d the history of the movement.’- Kirs ty ‘This information ha been extremely us s eful and educational for my community involvement. Than k you for sharing us.’ - Joanne Bartl it with ett ‘I really feel like I ha from reading this ve learned a great deal article. Almost al l of this was unknown to me. Big thanks to the Respect Team!’ - Matthew ‘What interesting re something!’ - Rac ading, i really feel I learned hel ‘It's amazing to se e what is actually a how far we have come in really short time. Thank god for progression an d those that were to god rest the souls of all rt hand of their fello ured and suffered at the w man. We will le arn one day.’ - Tom W

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The Co-operative’s Career Network ‘Aspire’ celebrates it’s first birthday on International Women’s Day In celebration of International Women’s Day and The Co-operative’s career network Aspire’s first birthday, the Aspire team hosted a fabulous event on 8th March at our new head office, 1 Angel Square. The days agenda was packed with Len Wardle, Chair of The Co-operative Group opening the event and a programme of guest speakers that included Etta Cohen, MD of Forward Ladies, Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Moira Lees, Co-operative Group Secretary, Liz Bramley, The Co-operative’s Head of Employee Engagement & Diversity and Richard McKenna from Inclusive Employers - plus lots more. We had a great day. Big well done to the Aspire team for pulling off a fantastic event.

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Tom Whiteside from The Co-operative s HR People Services Team hosted our sister network Aspire s recent webinar. He gave some useful tips on how to boost your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is the professional networking site that is useful for staying in touch with colleagues and classmates, job hunting, or even finding answers to questions from industry professionals.

Start to build your profile

To get full access to the benefits of the site, your profile needs to be 100% complete. This requires: I. Profile photo II. 3 positions and 5 skills III. Profile summary IV. Industry details V. Contact information VI. Education VII. 50+ connections


Use a professional looking head and shoulder shot.


Repeat key words within your job and skills descriptions to increase your online visibility and appear higher in search rankings when people search for your experience.

Profile headline

Use your headline to grab attention. Add your name so people outside of your network know who you are.


It’s useful to follow your own business and linked businesses e.g. The Co-operative Group, as well as competitors and companies of interest to find out what’s going on. Lots of companies have a page, where you can find out lots more about them.

Tip: Search for companies in the search bar in the top right hand corner of the home screen.


On your profile, you can specify what you might be interested in e.g. contact me for career opportunities or getting back in touch. You can also include a website link - could be useful for promoting yourself or business.

Public profile

Edit your public profile URL to your name to increase the likelihood of coming up in search engine searches and to make it easier to share your profile.

Tip: Add your email signature.

How to make new connections

Request connections within The Co-operative Group and then continue to connect with every other person you have dealings with to increase your reach.

Tip: Connect with all your colleagues, friends, people you’ve done business with, to build your network of first degree connections. This will support you achieve 100% profile completeness and you’ll inherit all their first degree connections as your second degree connections.


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In the news Record mogul Clive Davis reveals he is bisexual in his new memoir

Clive Davis has come out as bisexual. The 80-year-old music mogul revealed his sexuality in a new memoir, saying that following half a century of relationships with women, he is now the long-term partner of another man. Although "coming-out" stories have become more common in the music business, Davis is noteworthy as one of the industry's best-known executives – a quintessential old white guy. Davis has steered labels such as Columbia, Arista, BMG and Sony since the late 60s, signing artists such as Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Notorious BIG and Kelly Clarkson. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Respect network Steering Group news

The Respect network Steering Group, employees of The Co-operative, from all business areas and all over the UK, that volunteer their own time to run the network have been very busy. We thought we would share some of the things they have been up to. Lot’s of the team have recently undertaken Mentoring Training, facilitated by The Co-operative Group’s Training Team. We will be launching the Respect Mentoring Programme soon so watch this space. We have been out and about sharing best practice, ideas and offering to support to lots of other employee network groups including the NHS, PwC, Asda and BT. We were overjoyed to be shortlisted for ‘LGBT Network Group of the Year’ at this year’s g3 Magazine Awards and we could’t wait to share the news. Our pics were even featured on the popular website We will find out if we won or not at the end of April. We will keep you updated of course.

Popular reality series America's Next Top Model will have both male and female contestants in its 20th cycle, and it will include a gay guy. Openly gay Cory Hindorff, a 22-year-old actor and drag queen, will be a contestant. The new series airs in the Summer.

Ellen DeGeneres takes the bait, signs on for Finding Nemo 2

Lesbian talk show host and comic will play everyone's favorite forgetful fish Dory in the Disney/Pixar sequel. We will all have to tread water a little while longer though, as the film is slated for release in 2016.

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Good evening Europe Respect s Entertainment Editor Will O'Regan, Data Co-ordinator for The Co-operative Food, introduces us to one of his passions Who would have imagined back in 1956 that a pan-European singing competition could go on to stand the test of time and in the process earn itself the title of Europe s Favourite TV Show ? I refer to the one and only Eurovision Song Contest. It’s spring 2013 and for the 58th successive year countries from all across Europe (and around the geographical edges) have been selecting performers to represent them nationally as they all go head to head for the tele-votes and jury votes in Malmö Sweden in May to win Eurovision. Winning will see them follow in the footsteps of Loreen and her song Euphoria which took the title last year and successfully charted in the UK at number 3. A top three hit for a Eurovision winner is a very rare occurrence these days. Taking that on board my guess is that if you asked people on the street to name any of the winners or songs in the last decade it is highly likely that most would really struggle. Perhaps Euphoria’s chart success could be the way of the future. Eurovision is one of those programmes that is both loved and loathed in equal measure, especially here in the UK where the contest isn’t taken especially seriously and is deemed to be more of a joke than a genuine credible song contest. It’s certainly not the World Cup but it wouldn’t have lasted this long if it didn’t have something special going for it. Eurovision is still popular and remains


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so with viewers all over Europe and beyond. The Great British viewing audience has been very loyal down the years and the 2012 contest had an average of over 7 million viewers on BBC One; during the voting this swelled to over 10 million watching the winning moment. Each year when the UK doesn’t do as well as expected (or not as the case may be), the anti-euro chants begin regardless. The calls to pull the licence fee funding paid by the BBC to the contest makers (the European Broadcasting Union) say “give up”, “pull out of Eurovision”. This hasn’t happened so far and with the viewing audience remaining as healthy as it still is and the contest being very good value for money in terms of production costs it isn’t going to be dropped anytime soon. Besides I have no doubt the BBC’s loss would be ITV’s gain. A strong TV audience is vitally important but so is the LGBT community to the on-going success of the contest. Even from the early days it has always had an extremely healthy LBGT following from all over the world. These days the community really has a big effect on the contest where it is now, for so many treat it like an annual ‘holiday’ whereby fans visit the host city for the week leading up to the final, attend all the shows and relish every second of the experience. I have many friends who have been in recent years and they all rave about the atmosphere in the arena and warn me that should I ever go it will leave me hooked and I won’t want to watch it at home on TV ever again! For now I’ll take their word for it.

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The highest scoring song of all time at Eurovision is Fairyta le by Alexander Rybak, winner for No rway in Moscow 2009 – the song was a runaway winner with a whopping 387 points. Ireland remain the coun try with the most wins, 7 in total including 3 in a row; 1992, 93 & 94. The last Irish win was in 1996, 17 years ago.

The UK’s entry this year is 80’s legend Bonnie Tyler who will belt out the Desmond Child composed ‘Believe In Me’ (selected internally by the BBC). Many other countries songs have already been chosen and so far there has been a lot of online chat about similarities to Euphoria in entries going to Malmö. I think most years there can be a trend to ever so slightly emulate what has gone before and done well but no matter how ‘similar’ these songs the best will out, and generally that will be a different style of song to the previous winner. This year across three nights a total of 39 songs (down from 42 last year) will be performed on stage at the Malmö Arena with the winner being announced after the usual satellite link up delivery of the votes, I personally cannot wait.

In Dublin 1988 a pre international fame Celine Dion won the contest for Switzerland – these da ys she no longer performs her winnin g song “Ne Partez Pas San Moi” in publ ic, which is a shame.

Be sure to go to the official Eurovision website to hear the entries for 2013

Since 2011 the EBU int roduced an algorithm when deciding the running order for calling in the votes on the Final to ensure the overall winn er doesn’t take the lead too soon in the vo ting sequence – the aim is to try and make the show as exciting as possible right up to the last vote. The phenomenon that is Riverdance started as the interval act at Eurovision in Dublin in 1994. To day the show that developed from the or iginal performance is now a massive stage show that continues to tour the world and is one of the bigg est success stories attached to th e contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi Final 1 & 2

Tuesday 14th & Thursday 16th May - 8pm, BBC Three

Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Final Saturday 18th May - 8pm, BBC One

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Euphoria Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen meets Respect Tell me about the past twelve months for you. It must have been an absolute whirlwind? It was actually, it was a very interesting year I would say. It’s developed me as a person. I don’t think people realise how developing it has been for me and how much I have learned about myself and music.

In the last year you released your album ‘Heal’. That must have been wonderful for you, did you enjoy the recording process? It was very intense because after Baku everything just started and it was a lot of things going on at the same time and I’m a very slow person I think, so it was very intense. But at the same time fun. It was my first album.

Do you have a favourite track on the album? It depends on how I feel. So right now my favourite track is Everytime.

It’s expected that you are going to be involved in Eurovision at Malmö, are you excited for May? Yeah I am. I am very excited to see the audience again. It’s been a year since everybody was gathered so it’s gonna be really really nice. I have so many things I want to give and I want to chase. I haven’t really had a chance to do that, after Baku it was just head down and work work work work. So now that the audience has gathered again I feel like I want to give something back because I’ve been so supported.

The audience is going to be standing in the arena this year at the contest; do you think this is going to add to the atmosphere? I hope so, I really hope so. It’s going to be one hell of a show. The question is would you really want to sit during the show? I know that I would want to stand because it’s going to be a really cool one. I had a meeting with the Producer Christer Björkman, talking about the show and I believe you have to stand to feel the enjoyment.

Have you heard any of the 2013 songs yet? I’ve heard the German song (ed.Cascada – Glorious) because I was there ( the German National Final). I’ve heard the Swedish of course (ed.Robin Stjernberg – You) and the Norwegian one (ed.Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love) because I was there too ( the Norway National Final). The rest of them I actually purposely haven’t listened to because I want to wait for the competition. It’s actually more fun like that.


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Loreen and the LGBT community Eurovision has a very healthy LGBT following, as do you. Do you feel the love from the LGBT community? Yeah I do, I do. They’ve supported me so much. I’ve had a lot of support from the community.

You were at Mardi Gras in Sydney recently weren’t you? That was one cool show. I’ve never had that much fun, the people were so free spirited and I loved it. And it was so funny to hear that they knew some other songs from the album that I performed there so I loved it.

Heal: Out now Loreen’s debut album ‘Heal’ is available to buy now. It includes the worldwide hit single ‘Euphoria’ plus the European hits ‘My Heart Is Refusing Me’ and ‘Crying Out Your Name’, plus many other great tracks. Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Like us on Facebook coming soon!

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The UK is sending Bonnie Tyler. Are you a fan of her music?

and just the atmosphere of that song, it made a huge impact.

Bonnie Tyler? Really? Wow! Really? Wow I am a huge fan. I did not know this, that’s really cool, really cool. I love Bonnie Tyler, she is a great great great songwriter. She’s one of the best. That was a really good choice I must say.

Euphoria was a huge hit here in the UK and the Respect network is based in the UK. Are there any plans for you to perform here soon?

“When I was growing up music was more of a sanctuary to me. I didn’t really care about being an artist, I just loved to sing.” To me you seem like you were destined to be a star, when you were growing up who were your musical role models? When I was growing up music was more of a sanctuary to me. I didn’t really care about being an artist, I just loved to sing. I remember that I used to listen to Whitney and Celine Dion and Mariah for one reason only; it was because they had such power in their voice and they screamed a lot in their songs and there’s a lot of powerful singing. I remember that I loved that feeling that you have in your body when you shout out really loud but this was in a controlled way of course. And there was a lot of opera also that I loved to sing so I didn’t really care about the artistic part it was more what they taught me. I was listening to their songs and I tried to sing the way they sang because of that feeling in your body. It was almost like a ride. So in the beginning I didn’t even think I was going to be an artist, I just knew that I wanted to sing and that just made me feel free.

What’s your favourite song of all time? I have a lot of favourite songs but there was a song that I remember… nowadays I don’t listen to that much music, it sounds crazy. I don’t listen to a lot of pop, it’s more like Brian Eno, I could listen to him or strange music. But I remember I think I was at home and I had the TV on back in the day and then Coldplay ‘Clocks’ started to play and I actually ran from the kitchen to the living room and I was like ‘What is this?’ I love piano Email your stories and get in touch at

Very soon I hope. Perhaps in the summer but it hasn’t been confirmed yet but I think there’s a good chance that I will play for you guys this summer. Or it could be fall. You will be seeing me.

Do you have any idea how many times you have sung “Euphoria” now? It has to be a very high number, I don’t have a number but it’s gotta be high!

Do you have a favourite Eurovision act of all time? Ohh that’s a difficult one. I have to say I really love ABBA because they made it after it (Eurovision) also and they’re still alive. And working. I met Agnetha Fältskog (ed.1/4 of ABBA), we were on the same show; Scavlan it’s called, here in Sweden, she was a wonderful person so I would say ABBA.

What’s next for you this year? I’m working on the next album and the next single as we speak. There’s a lot of creative stuff. There’s going to be a lot of festivals this summer throughout the whole of Europe. After that I’m going to the States to write some more. That’s gonna be nice I hope you guys like the new stuff.

What’s the most extravagant purchase you’ve ever made? That must be a pair of pants. I was in Ibiza, first I was in Germany and I got a phone call; you need to be in Ibiza, they’re going to record this series there, you have to be there. And I said to my people ‘I don’t have any clothes so what am I going to wear?’. So they had one shop in Ibiza that was open. It was a Sunday and everything there was so expensive so it was an extravagant shop. I bought a pair of leather pants and I’ve never bought a pair of pants that expensive in all my life and I was ashamed! But it was an extravagance. A pair of leather pants. But I’m not going to tell you the price. I was ashamed.

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Respect member and Product Developer for The Co-operative Food Kevin Sargent has only gone and founded the newest LGBT networking event in Manchester. So, what is the ‘Village Bakers’?

What type of people come along?

Village Bakers is an LGBT Social Group that meets every 2nd Sunday of the month at The Molly House, Richmond St, Manchester. Each Village Baker member bakes anything they like, brings it along to the meeting, shares their bakes, and then enjoys a few drinks, lots of cakes and a chat.

We have a huge cross section of people who come along to the meetings. The members are a good representation of the diverse LGBT community in Manchester and beyond. The group is open to everyone who wants to bake and meet new people, including non LGBT people.

Where did the idea come from?

How did you get into baking?

The idea came about whilst watching the Great British Bake Off, I realised that I loved baking, and therefore there must be other like minded people who enjoy baking. I therefore felt there was a need for an LGBT social group that was not connected to a specific sports group, and for people who shared my passion for food and baking.

What is typical meet up like? Typical meetings start at 1pm on the Sunday, and each member brings their bakes along in a variety of different Tupperware. All the bakes are placed on the bar in The Molly House, and then everyone helps themselves to any of the delights they like. People of all baking abilities attend the meetings and a number of people have found it a fantastic way to share ideas, tips and improve their baking, whilst also forming new friendships, which have continued outside of the group.


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I got into baking from a young age. Like most people I helped my mum when she was baking. I remember helping every year to make the Christmas Cake and trying to get the icing perfect. I then continued to cook and bake all through my life, and the passion I have for food and baking has resulted in me being a Product Developer for The Co-operative Food.

What we say: We have been along to three of the meet ups and we have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. At each event, more people come along and the cakes just get bigger. The ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ cake was rather amazing. Don’t be daunted though as people with baking skills of all abilities come along and all the cakes and bakes are equally appreciated.

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Respect member Daniel Cheetham was one of the first DJ’s on air with leading LGBT radio station Gaydio. Here we find out a bit more about his work with Gaydio. He was there on day one! Tell us bit about you and your day job at The Co-operative I work on the IT Service desk, which is a great place to work, lots of characters and opportunities to help a lot of different people each day. It’s always good in a busy job where things move quickly around you and you’re constantly learning new things!

You were involved with Gaydio we hear? I got involved in Gaydio way back at the start when it was a small temporary station which went on air for just 28 day at a time! We were based in the LGF building in their tiny library. It was really fun and exciting to be a part of something that was the first ever FM gay radio station in the UK.

Tell us more I was 16 at the time and started off on the very first day with my own show, it was the brunch show. I still remember the first ever show I did, just a few hours after the station had gone live I was there on my own stood talking into a mic and just thinking “what am I meant to say next!”, one of the best days ever!

What was the highlight of your time volunteering The most exciting part of being involved with Gaydio was doing live outside broadcasts from all over, bars, clubs and even live from the Manchester Pride parade. It was really exciting to be stood live somewhere outside of the studio and getting to meet new people who had come out to see the shows being done live.

Did you gain any skills and experience? Confidence was the first big thing I got from being involved with Gaydio, to feel a part of something that has grown from being a small Manchester based station to now being a nationwide station going out on FM in Manchester and DAB digital radio in London and Brighton.

What do you think about volunteering? Volunteering is an amazing thing to do. If it’s something your passionate about you forget it’s volunteering and you just enjoy every moment of it!

What is your favourite song, album and concert? I’m a bit ashamed to admit it but my favourite song is Ce Ce Penistan – Finally. The best ever concert I have been to was Christina Aguilera’s Stripped tour, my favourite album is also Christina Stripped (see photo of Daniel with Xtina). Now I feel like a real stereotype!

Respect member D awn Vincent, Team Member for The Co -operative Food in Witham in Essex le ts us know her favo urite three songs and w hat they mean to h er

Evanescence- G ood Enough This is my driving song of choice, an d the lyrics are poignant and beau tiful. It was great live too. David Bowie-Sou nd & Vision What impact do stations like Gaydio have? I can't help but ha ve a little boogie to People don’t realise how powerful listening to a radio work a lot this. It's on at so I apologise for my dance moves show aimed at the LGBT community can be. You could customers! . Poor It's Bowie as I love him- soft voice, bo be anywhere listening to people out there who are melody and a bit uncy odd. also LGBT. When I was younger I used to listen to an Australian gay radio station online and it was just Portishead- Glo ry Box really comforting to hear a group of people talking Until I watched th e L Word this song about being gay like it was no issue and just getting was not something I'd heard. Now it' s a lovely reminder that feeling that you’re not alone, especially before of being with my pa the early days of rtner, and a great you’ve come out. listen. Follow Dawn on Tw itter @captainrexy Tune in to Gaydio at


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Respect meets the man responsible for some of pops finest moments

Steve Anderson

You are well known for your collaborations with other people but some may not know that you had your own chart success as one half of Brothers in Rhythm in the 90s. How do you think the music industry has changed since those days? I think with technology being so much cheaper and easily available there are more opportunities for people to get into music which can be a good and bad thing. I’m a firm believer in the cream rising to the top and if that means we get people like Madeon coming along at 16 years old blowing some of the more established producers out of the water thats great. I am however really grateful that I had the apprenticeship I did in studios like Sarm West as it meant working around inspiring people who I learned so much from. I think today the tendency is for everyone to be in their own little rooms communicating entirely online which is a shame.

Asides from Kylie’s fabulous tours, you have been the musical director for many other events and tours. Do you have any particular favourites?

What do you think of the ‘British Music Invasion’ in America, with the likes of Adele, One Direction and Ellie Goulding having great success?

I love working on The Hurly Burly Show as its pure fun all the way and we get to do so many things we wouldn’t be able to in the confines of a traditional tour. Also I adore working with Leona Lewis and am doing so again on her tour this year. Her voice is pure inspiration to someone like me so I can’t wait to get started on that.

I think it’s great and about time. It seems to me that so many UK acts try to break America by sounding American which never works. All three acts you mentioned have great songs which sound quintessentially British or European and nothing like what America has at the moment. For me some One Direction singles are so smart in the way they are constructed - pure pop and great production , like Britney used to be and hopefully will be again one day.

You have composed many songs including one of our favourites, Kylie's 'Confide In Me'. What is the song you are most proud of being involved in creating? Definitely “Flower’ by Kylie, simply because neither of us really intended on writing a song that powerful and meaningful on that day but it just forced its way through as if we had no control over what was happening. All of the best songs I’ve been involved in have happened that way and its the best feeling in the world when it happens, not that it happens that often.

You have worked with everyone from Britney Spears and Westlife to Atomic Kitten and Pet Shop Boys. Is there a living artist you haven't worked with yet but would love to? I’m about to work with one but I can’t say anything about that just yet - aside from that I just adore great voices so anyone from Streisand to Katharine McPhee would be great. Also I love working with new acts which I’m doing more of this in 2013 as well. However my artist of choice is the one I have been with for a long time now - it simply doesn’t get better than Kylie for me.


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What impact do you think the demise of the CD single has had on the chart positions of pop acts that historically had great success with their singles? Madonna's last few singles have missed the top 40 in the UK. I definitely don’t think CD singles are the reason Madonna hasn’t had any hits recently but I’m just not a fan of that album at all. In fact I felt incredibly upset listening to it as she has always been the one person to lead the trend for me and this seemed like her desperately following for the first time and not really that well. I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought a CD single though.

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Steve and Kylie, yes Kylie You have worked with Kylie for a number of years. How did you first get working together? The honest truth is that we were really good friends with Keith Blackhurst at deConstruction so when she signed there we literally called him and asked if there was any chance we could work with her. Two weeks after that she was in our studio recording the vocal for “Confide In Me”. I must say it very rarely happens like that but I couldn’t be more thankful that it did this time.

What is your favourite Kylie album, single and tour? Favourite Album - Light Years (pictured) Favourite Single - Never Too Late Tour - Aphrodite Les Folies

You have previously spoken of a Kylie musical. Are there any further developments on this? All I know is these things take a lot of time so we are ready to go as soon as everything is in place.

Steve’s worked with many legends Below are some of the songs Steve has worked on. Pretty impressive! Grace Jones - Slave To The Rhythm (remix) Take That - Never Forget (produced) Britney Spears - Breathe On Me (cowrote) Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin Something (remix) Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (remix) Kylie - So Now Goodbye (co-wrote) Janet Jackson - If (remix) Alanis Morissette - Uninvited (remix)

Kylie is to many the ultimate Gay Icon. Why do you think Kylie is so popular with many of the gay community? I think its different for everyone but a lot is to do with being around for 25 years through ups and downs but always coming back in the most fabulous and effortless way.

What has been your career highlight to date? I would say the whole of 2012 and K25 - it was full of so many great memories including Anti Tour, Diamond Jubilee, Sydney Mardi Gras, Proms In The Park and The Abbey Road Sessions album being released (ed. Steve produced it) - its basically the whole year - hopefully I’m allowed that!

What do you have anything upcoming that you can tell us about? I have a show called “Orchid” which is currently running in Miami and created alongside William Baker, Terry Ronald and Ashley Wallen who I did “Hurly Burly” with. It’s a mix between Moulin Rouge and Cirque Du Soleil with a heavy burlesque influence. I’m also going to be Musical Director for the forthcoming Leona Lewis tour which I’m so excited about as I love working with her - just the most breathtaking voice.

Did you have a role model growing up? I had musical heroes especially someone like David Foster who has produced pretty much everyone including Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. Also Quincy Jones - both of these has a meticulous attention to detail to making records which is something I have always tried to achieve in whatever I do.

What are your views on equal civil marriage? I think people should be allowed to love who they want and be able to celebrate it in whichever way they choose.

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Against Me! singer Tom Gabel made headlines in May last year after telling

magazine Rolling Stone that he was transgender. Born with what is clinically known as gender dysphoria. ‘The cliché is that you're a woman trapped in a man's body, but it's not that simple. It's a feeling of detachment from your body and from yourself,’ the rocker told the magazine. Gabel came out publicly and was met with overwhelming support from fans. Now living openly as Laura Jane Grace, the punk rock singer is on tour with her bandmates, wife Heather, and young daughter. ‘I've been completely blown away by the majority of people's reactions,’ Grace said to MTV News in her first interview since announcing she's transgender. ‘They've been more than respectful and more than supportive for me.’

DIVA, Dana wins Eurovision. Born male, Dana discovered that she was transsexual at an early age, coming out when she was 13. Undergoing sex reassignment surgery in 1993, it was that year that she released her first album, Dana International, upon which she based her stage name. Consolidating her initial commercial success with the albums Umpatampa (1994) and Maganuna (1996), in 1998 she was selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Diva; subsequently winning the international competition, Dana came to public attention throughout Europe, including the UK.

From Tim to Kim. In 2009 German teenager Kim Petras became the world's youngest transsexual after undergoing an operation at the age of just 16. The pop singer, born Tim, is well known in Germany for having started hormone replacement therapy as part of her gender transition by the age of 12. She completed Gender Reassignment Surgery in November 2008, and kept the world updated via her online blog. In 2008 Kim was signed to Joyce Records and released her first single 'Last Forever' online. It became a YouTube and MySpace hit.

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Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts concert to support gay rights Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepson has announced she has withdrew as headliner for a Boy Scouts concert. Following a campaign launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance, whose petition called on the ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer to denounce the Christian organisations ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. On Twitter on 5 March, Jepsen said: ‘As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. ‘I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever-changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.’

Respect meets up and coming singer AMiTY Amy Forrester a.k.a AMiTY is a very talented lady. A one woman band, she has wowed crowds all over the UK. We had the pleasure of spending some time with her. Have you always been interested in music? Not really no. As a youngster my school report would always read "Amy is easily distracted and would rather be outside playing football." It wasn't until I was 15 and asked my parents for a drum kit that my interest in music began.

Who is your inspiration?

Jepsen was due to perform at the opening ceremony for the National Scouts Jamboree 2013 this summer, and rockers Train were due to perform at the closing. The Grammy award-winning band said they would only perform at the Jamboree if the Boy Scouts ended its ban by the summer. In the video for Call Me Maybe, Jepsen’s mega-hit from 2012, there is even a gay twist at the end. Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s VP of Communications, said: ‘No fair-minded media outlet, corporation or celebrity will want to partner with the BSA as long as the organisation puts discrimination and anti-gay bias before the needs of young people. ‘Carly Rae Jepsen and Train’s decision not only sends the right message to the BSA, but reminds LGBT young people they are supported and accepted.’

It's more of a case of what inspires me. Love, life and experience seems to the back bone to what I write about. I have such an eclectic taste in music from Frank Sinatra to M.i.A. it's hard to pinpoint exactly who inspires me. I take a little something from everything.

Do you see yourself as a role model? I don't know about a role model maybe more of a Clark Kent. I balance a life of Amy the Care Assistant and AMiTY the one woman band. If i'm not doing one i'm doing the other and it is a lot of time, effort and hard work. So if people were going to take something from me i'd like it to be that you can achieve anything if you work at it.

What drew you to this career? Going to V Festival in '99 is to blame. Again I was only 15 and there was just something about watching all those bands and artists up on that stage. I didn't know how or why, I just wanted to be in their shoes. I wanted to be on their side of the festival fence.

Do you have any words of inspiration to anybody out there who wants to get into this career? Be yourself, follow your gut and gig lots. No one knows you exist unless you wave yourself in front of their faces.

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Frank OUT & PROUDl Ocean scoops two Grammy’s & a Brit award № 16 | April 2013

Frank Ocean has described winning his first BRIT Award as “glorious” revealing that he felt as though he was skydiving.

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The 'Pyramids' singer won the Best International Male Solo award at the 2013 ceremony in February.

‘Say what you want’ but Texas are back

He also won two GRAMMY Awards at the 2013 event, picking up the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange and Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration honors for "No Church In The Wild" with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The-Dream. Big congrats Frank!

Texas have confirmed the release date of their forthcoming album. The band will release ‘The Conversation’ as their eighth studio album on May 20. Texas will release title track 'The Conversation' as the set's lead single on May 13, and will launch the new album with live shows in Glasgow, London and Paris. More info at

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We are very happy to announce that The Co-operative’s brand new recruitment advert, with

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big mentions of Respect, is included in the Spring issue of the North East of England’s biggest free LGBT magazine ‘Out North East’. The full page advert will certainly get readers attention. Over 30,000 copies of each issue is printed and they can be found in venues all over the North East. Download your free copy at

The Respect magazines are now monthly. If you have any feedback, good, bad or somewhere in the middle, please let us know.

Want to volunteer but don’t think you have the time?

week. The mentor and mentee never meet and are only able to contact each other through an encrypted email address, so that they cannot have contact outside of the secure website.

Then becoming an e-mentor could be just the thing for you. As part of The Co-operative volunteer programme colleagues can sign up to a fantastic range of volunteering opportunities and the business supports them to do this by providing two days a year during work time to do these things. For more information visit the volunteer programme intranet pages.

If you can remember what it was like to be a teenager with many things to think about – exams, friends,etc, you are experienced to be a mentor.

For some people, taking any time out of the office can still present challenges so we have developed an opportunity that can be done at any time and from anywhere. E-mentoring gives you the opportunity to support and encourage a student in a high school connected to The Co-operative.

Experience and Skills

Time Commitment

Approximately half an hour per week. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is not in a position to leave the office on a regular basis but would still like to get involved in inspiring young people, as it can be done from your desk or at home at a time that suits you.


Volunteers will need to undertake an e-training module which can be completed at your desk. The training takes approximately 1½ hours to complete.

CRB Requirements

Schools use mentors for many different purposes, often including:

All volunteers are required to be CRB checked to take part.

• to raise levels of attainment in exams • to develop students’ self-confidence and self-esteem • to encourage the development of social skills and personal responsibility • to offer guidance and support with future career choices • to raise students’ aspirations

There are limited spaces so act quickly to secure your place by e-mailing or calling 07956 848 791.

E-mentoring differs from traditional mentoring in that the relationship is entirely virtual and pairs build their relationship via email. There is a secure email system to use and you will email your mentee on average once a Email your stories and get in touch at

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Diversity connects us – GLEE@PwC and The Co-operative’s Respect LGBT Network

You rock, I rock, we rock together An open working environment encourages everyone to excel. We invite you to share ways of improving the inclusivity of your workplace, regardless of its size or sector. Join GLEE@PwC and guest speakers from The Co-operative’s Co Respect LGBT Network for an evening of discussions and debates inspired by the recent results for Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

Location Date and time RSVP

PwC Manchester, 101 Barbirolli Square, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3PW Thursday, 18 April 2013, 6pm start by Friday 12 April 2013 to secure your place

GLEE@PwC is our inclusive business network for Gays, Lesbians and Everyone Else. You don’t need to be gay or to work for PwC to join

To find out more and to join GLEE@PwC just follow the link

Come and join us. This is a great networking opportunity! 42

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Second to last page

Coming up......In the next issue of Respect The next issue of Respect will be with you in April and the theme to the issue is ‘Pride and Sport’. We have another packed issue planned with an interview with NBA icon John Amaechi as well as lots of Respect member stories and articles. Everything you have come to expect from your Respect mag. We will also have a very special ‘Musicals’ feature as well as a full round up of the UK Pride events we will be supporting this year. We will also be adding some ‘Sparkle’ to the issue.

Colleague Support In your workplace

If you are able to speak to your line manager, that would be the preferred route (unless of course your line manager is the issue). Alternatively, you can speak to your HR Manager if this is preferable.


You can also contact the Respect network for confidential support and guidance.

The Employee Engagement & Diversity Team

The team can offer advice about specific matters relating to issues in the workplace and point you in the right direction. You can contact them by email at or call 0161 246 2646.

Employee Assistance Programme Validium

You can contact and talk in confidence with one of Validium’s professional counsellors or specialists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on: UK Landline: 0800 970 1030 - Mobile: 0330 332 9996 For online support join vClub at Username: Coop Password: Group1844

Speak Up

Dates for your diary International Day Against Homophobia 17th May - Worldwide

A day to commemorate the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders. We are arranging a lot of activities to commemorate the day, watch out for our Respect IDAHO Resource Pack! More info at

Dusty Day 26th May - London

Celebrate all things Dusty Springfield at the Dusty Day London event. Enjoy live music and performances or if you’re feeling brave entertain the crowds with your own voice at the Dusty karaoke. The event takes place on Sunday May 26 2013 at West 5. It starts at 1pm and finishes around 7pm. Tickets are £15 each on the door. More info at

David Bowie is Until 11th August - London

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. It features more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie's own instruments. Tickets cost from £9. More info at

We have a whistle-blowing hotline called ‘Speak Up’. You can call free on 0800 374199. Calls are handled by an external provider. Callers can remain anonymous and untraceable.

Email your stories and get in touch at

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