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Our Winter Warmers Issue


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Welcome to issue 23 of the Respect Magazine, brought to you by the UK’s largest and most active employee LGBT network. Where everyone is welcome! We meet star of The Voice ‘Cleo Higgins’ Pages 8 - 9

Respect gets festive. Music, recipe, events, memories.... Throughout

We introduce you to our newest Steering Group members Throughout

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An introduction from Co-chair of Respect, Thomas Anderson Here we are on Issue 23 of our Respect Magazine. The final issue of the year. And what a year it’s been for our network. I won’t go too much into the achievements of the network this year as the next issue of ‘Respect’ is our very special 2013 Respect Yearbook. But we have had an amazing year! What I will say is that I continue to be amazed by the dedication and commitment of our volunteer Steering Group who do their Respect roles on top of demanding day jobs, but also the support of our hundreds of Respect members who in 2013 alone have volunteered over 3,000 hours to support network activities. This is huge and is really recognised by the Group and our Senior supporters. A Christmas message will be emailed to all employee members from them before Christmas. A big thank you from me. So what have we been up to? Lots is covered in this issue, and some isn’t as we have just been non stop. i was delighted to be invited to represent The Co-operative at the Stonewall Cymru conference in Cardiff and talk about the development of the Respect network. I am proud to be a founding member of the network and the person that brought you ‘Respect’ as a brand. I have a real passion for helping create more inclusive work and retail experiences and it is our role to continue to challenge this. We still have lots to do. But we are on the right tracks for sure. 2014 is going to be a great year for us! And as a proud Ambassador for HIV charity George House Trust, I was pleased to be able to do more to raise awareness of the virus that really can affect anyone, supporting ‘World AIDS Day’. We still have so much to do to remove the stigma associated with living with HIV. We can all help with this.

Respect is shortlisted for a PinkNews Award We were the only employee network to be shortlisted in the ‘Business Network’ category. The inaugural PinkNews Awards were hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, on Wednesday 23rd October in the Speaker’s House of the Palace of Westminster. A very special venue! The awards were presented to recognise the contributions of politicians, businesses and community campaigning groups to advancing LGBT life across the UK. The speaker, as well as guests including Helen Grant, Equalities Minister, and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister all commended PinkNews, and efforts to pass equal marriage law, but emphasised the need to do more for moves to equality. Also in attendance were Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou, journalist Paris Lees and Ollie Locke of Made in Chelsea fame. We didn’t win the award but we were very proud to have been shortlisted amongst great company.

We welcome many new faces to the Respect Steering Group too. You’ll meet lots of them in this issue. We really do have a great team supporting us! I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed pulling it together.

Thomas Anderson Co-Chair of Respect & George House Trust Ambassador @thomasinmanc


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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the awards

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Stonewall launch their new network group guide and ‘Respect’ is 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. The good practice guide is the twelfth in a series of guides from Stonewall. It explains how network groups can improve the workplace for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and how they support employers.

THE CO-OPERATIVE FUNERALCARE ARE THE NEW SPONSORS OF THE BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS The UK’s largest funeral director has struck a deal with Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, which was first established in January 2005 when a small group of friends who loved singing decided it was time Brighton had a gay male choir. The Chorus, which currently has around 85 members, is the largest gay chorus outside London and membership is open to anyone who identifies themselves as a gay, bi or gay-friendly man.


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 We are proud that there are lots of mini features and comments about the Respect network throughout the guide. We are featured on pages 9, 16, 20 (with a lovely pic of the front cover of our ‘Loreen’ issue) and 26. checkOUT, the Inter-Retail LGBT network we spearheaded the launch of is also featured on page 37. Another proud moment for us all. The original network guide was so important to getting Respect off the ground and our original structure and activities were heavily influenced by it. We are extra proud to hopefully be able to support other employers establish their own LGBT networks by referring to this fantastic guide. We have recently supported ASDA and many others.

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Funeralcare’s sponsorship agreement will allow the choir to flourish in its core objectives, expand its presence and impact within Brighton and Hove, as well as allowing it to participate in exciting projects further afield in 2014. Paul Charlton, Chairman for Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, said, “Our Trustees are extremely grateful for The Co-operative Funeralcare’s generous support. The Chorus strongly identifies with the Co-operative’s guiding values of self-help, democracy, equality and solidarity. In particular, we believe our objectives to be closely aligned with one of the Co-operative’s key focal areas – keeping communities thriving.” Sam Kershaw, Operations Director – South, The Co-operative Funeralcare, said, “We are delighted to be the main sponsor for the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. Music of all types is synonymous with funerals and can help to reflect on a person’s life.” Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, which is a registered charity, operates an 11-month calendar, comprised of three seasons, each of which culminates in a one or two night show.

For more information about the Chorus, including how to buy tickets for their shoes, visit

You can download this guide and lots of other useful resources for free from the Stonewall website at Email your stories and get in touch at Find us on the Intranet Home > HR & People > Diversity > Respect

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See pages 28-29

WORLD AIDS DAY Pictured - Left: The red ribbons and George House Trust collection tin at reception in 1 Angel Square. Right: The very striking visuals on the digital screens throughout 1 Angel Square.

Stonewall, supported by Will Young and Mumsnet, have launched a flagship new campaign to tackle endemic levels of homophobic language in schools. The campaign comes in response to research showing that 99 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school. 84 per cent are distressed when they hear this homophobic language. Polling by Mumsnet also shows that 68 per cent of parents don’t know if their children’s school has policies to tackle homophobic language. The hard-hitting new campaign, fronted by Will Young, uses new posters and guidance to address the misuse of the word gay. Posters, sent to schools across Britain, state clearly: ‘Gay. Let’s get over it’. The posters are accompanied by new guidance for both pupils and teachers to enable them to challenge the derogatory use of the word gay. Will Young, who supported Stonewall’s campaign during the recent AntiBullying Week, said: ‘The word ‘gay’ is currently used as one of the worst insults by young people of all ages in Britain’s schools. It’s clear from the shocking levels of self-harm and suicide among gay young people that we’re failing an entire generation. It’s time to take a stand and put a stop to this deeply damaging use of homophobic language.’

SUPPORT STONEWALL AND WIN GREAT PRIZES IN OUR RAFFLE Visit our Just Giving page at getoveritandshowrespect and for only £2 a ticket or £5 for three tickets, you’ll be entered into our very special raffle. Some of the AMAZING prizes we have up for grabs include a signed Ben Cohen photo, lots of Stonewall goodies, a signed Coronation Street script, bottles of bubbly and lots more. What are you waiting for!


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Respect’s Communications Coordinator Ben Brosnan showing his support of the campaign.

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We had a great time at Cumbria Pride in 2012 and we were very excited when it was confirmed The Co-operative was once again sponsoring the event in 2013. Held at the Swallow Hotel in Carlisle the event has a very different feel to all of the other Pride events we have supported throughout the years. Set back out of the city centre, the event, held in one of the most isolated parts of the UK, was attended by a few hundred people. Entertainment came from ‘Friend of Respect’ Hazell Dean and Bears Aloud amongst others. There was such a positive buzz.

Proud sponsors of Cumbria Pride 2013

The Co-operative were out in force with the local Membership team pulling out all the stops to ensure guests were treated to delicious Co-operative Food samples, including cookies, crisps and chocolate brownies - as well as some ciders that are made from apples from The Co-operative’s very own farms. Staff from the local Co-operative Food stores did a fab job engaging with the guests to the event. The Co-operative Funeralcare brought along the now famous rainbow coffin and some of the Respect team were there too. A great day!

We’d love to see the event in the city centre in 2014!

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The International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is held annually on 20th November, has been celebrated worldwide every year since 1998. It is a day to remember the people who have been killed that year, by murder or by suicide as a result of their perceived transgendered identity.

The TDoR began on November 28th, 1998, to honour Rita Hester, whose murder on that day kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. To raise awareness of the day, The Co-operative’s Employee Engagement & Diversity Team published a two page factsheet on the Intranet. Respect was delighted to have worked with the team to produce it.

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We recently welcomed star of The Voice UK and 90s girl group Cleopatra Cleo Higgins to Co-op HQ to meet some of the Respect team. She was lovely. She even brought along her two kids who loved the new building. We were rather excited when she sang us a bit of Cleopatra’s Top5 hit single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’. We felt like we were 16 again! When we spoke to Cleo about her experience entering the hit BBC show The Voice she said, ‘It was a great achievement, I reached the semi-finals and I never expected to get that far.’

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You wouldn’t imagine Cleo to have confidence issues, the Cleo we met was bubbly, open and full of energy. We were surprised to hear Cleo actually pulled out of her original audition before eventually believing she could do it. She said, ‘After pulling out of the audition and after lots of support form my family I eventually plucked up the courage to go to the producers audition in Birmingham. Going into the show I thought it was my time after being a recluse for a long time. I have been helping lots of people write and work on songs in the background. Now was my time.’ ‘I gig around and give a good impression but nothing would come of it if I didn’t put it on a bigger scale. The Voice was my opportunity to do this. I thought at least I’d get some experience from it. To go into the show after 15 years since Cleopatra were on the scene was very daunting.’ Cleo received some negative press whilst on the show with some media outlets claiming she was a diva. The Cleo in the room with us was far removed from this and she couldn’t have been more down to earth. On this she told us, ‘I have trained myself since a young age to train my emotions whilst I am on stage. The person on stage is very different to the person off stage.’ ‘I felt like I was in Big Brother, the one that makes the most trouble and drama would stay. I felt we were all equally good artists so I was shell shocked to get through the battle rounds and to the live shows.’ One of our stand out moments was when Cleo sung the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’. Not her normal style, she was a bit unsure about this song choice at first. ‘I sang Imagine. The song was given to me and I didn’t know what to do. I would normally decide my own songs. I’m a bit of a control freak. I couldn’t get my head around it.’

Cleo holding our ‘Here for you this Pride’ flags


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Cleo was mentored by Black Eyed Peas star who was a big fan of her singing the track, famously sung on many other reality shows including American Idol. He told her, ‘This is the song for you man, you gotta sing it!’. Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Visit our new web-page at

Cleo was still unsure. She told us, ‘I wanted to sing a song that I connected with. But how could I show myself on a song I didn’t connect with? I was scared. I remember people were like ‘don’t touch that song’. But it was a good choice by Will and the public voted me in. For me, it felt like everything in the world became right. Then it was like wow. I am in the semi finals.’ Cleo revealed she is more of a ballad singer and prefers singing slower songs. If Cleo had her way, she’d make some changes to the shows format, ‘You don’t leave the show by talent. It’s team by team. There are people in other team with less talent that would stay over others with more talent. I wouldn’t do my show like that.’

Cleo (left) with her sisters in her ‘Cleopatra’ days

‘My competition was my team and we all got on. Leah McFall was younger, quirkier and I instantly knew she was the dark horse. She was amazing. So when I got to the semis I told her ‘it’s me and you girl now’. Both girls were equally fantastic. On fellow contestant Andrea’s Begley’s success in the show Cleo said, ‘The records the British public buy, do we buy tried and tested or something new and not as commercial? Andrea has a beautiful voice and gave flawless performances.’ Andrea was a big hit with the public and went onto win the show and has recently enjoyed success with a Top 10 album in the UK with ‘The Message’ - an album mainly consisting of cover versions of classics including ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and ‘My Immortal’, with a few originals. When asked what is next for her Cleo said, ‘For me now, I decided after the public supported me, clearly I’ve done something to get some interest so I have decided to record my own music. If someone voted for me, then there’s a chance they’d buy my album. I’m now recording independently. I have a live band too and we’re ready to go.’ Cleo wrote the songs in her group Cleopatra which was quite unusual in the late 90s when most pop acts were manufactured (think Steps, B*Witched, Britney) and made for the teen market. The group enjoyed big success with three Top10 UK singles including ‘Life Ain’t Easy’.

“I decided after the public supported me, clearly I’ve done something to get some interest so I have decided to record my own music”

On this she commented, ‘We couldn’t be manufactured, we were sisters. I was originally the singer and the girls were the dancers. This changed a bit over time. We were young and having fun. We were concerned about having fun and bouncing on beds like we were 9 years old. We were very innocent. We were playing with Destiny’s Child in America and we could not have been more different, even though we were all the same age.’ Cleo showed talent at an early age, ’I started writing songs at the age of 9. I started writing poetry and my mum didn’t believe I had written them, I used to have lots of poetry books. My mum used to say ‘Which book did you get that one from?’ I said ‘I wrote them’. She would then check through my books to double check. After knowing I was telling the truth she’d say, ‘Cleo, you are brilliant. Why don’t you write songs.’ So I did. I came from quite an artistic family.’

Read part two of our interview with Cleo in the next issue of Respect. Cleo lets us know about her work supporting youngsters in her community. Email your stories and get in touch at Find us on the Intranet Home > HR & People > Diversity > Respect

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The Co-operative proudly sponsors the biggest gay awards ceremony in the UK, the ‘Attitude Awards 2013’ The Attitude Awards took place on 15th October at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Co-operative were one of the sponsors of the event. This was arranged by the Respect network Steering Group. Thomas Anderson, CoChair of the Respect network commented, ‘Aligned with the wider Cooperative strategy to engage with a younger customer the awards and the associated advertising with Attitude offer us a great opportunity to do just that.

As the UK’s most gay friendly retailer, let’s be loud and proud!’ He added, ‘The event was really fantastic and every guest, including the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Cher, Matt Lucas, McFly, Ellie Goulding and Graham Norton were given a fab gift bag that included two of the new Co-operative Food ‘Loved by Us’ Lemon drizzle muffins. I bet they loved them. They are rather delicious.’ The event is the biggest gay awards ceremony in the UK and the award we sponsored was the ‘Community Award’ that was awarded to the ‘Russian LGBT Network’.

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Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities.

BIG RESPECT To all the Respect members who took the challenge and raised lots of money for charity. Pictured is Respect member Robbie Kimpton who really embraced the month. Well done Robbie! Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Visit our new web-page at

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Respect has been very fortunate to have been shortlisted for (and in some cases win) lots of awards since we were launched in the Summer of 2010. We are proud to be the largest, most active and most awarded LGBT network in the UK! The Co-operative is also the UK’s most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly retailer. We have been the only retailer in Stonewalls annual Workplace Equality Index Top 100 since 2010 - ranking 3rd in 2013, the first retailer to make it into the Top 10. It is always such a buzz when you hear you have been shortlisted for an award. They offer you an opportunity to reflect on the hard work of so many people that make this all happen - our Respect members volunteer 1000’s of hours each year. Celebrating and reflecting is something we are all guilty of not doing enough of. So now is the time for us to give something back. We are delighted to launch the inaugural ‘Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards’.

What are the awards? The awards are very much back to basics. They are an opportunity for people from all over the UK (anyone in the world can vote too) to vote for their favourites in 27 diverse categories. We have worked hard to ensure all areas of life and interests are covered in the categories, and to ensure they have a real community feel. We believe the awards offer a rare opportunity for the smallest community groups and events to be celebrated

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alongside the biggest. We don’t think there are enough opportunities to celebrate the inspiring work and positive impact of more isolated and community based groups, events and initiatives. We’d love to have an awards where the charities, events, groups and lots of other things that are ‘Loved by You’ receive the recognition they deserve. These are the peoples awards.

how do i nominate? Voting is open until 15th December 2013. Plenty of time to vote! You can cast your votes on our dedicated awards web-page at RespectLGBT/Loved-by-You-Awards-2013/ You don’t need to nominate in all the categories if you don’t want to. We will be announcing the winners of all the awards on 19th December 2013. Big drum roll..... Quite simply, the winners will be those that get the most nominations. We will also be announcing two runner ups for all categories. To find out who the winners are first, follow us on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Our official Twitter hashtag is #respectLBYawards


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LGBT Social/Networking Group of the Year A group that offers an environment for socialising and networking. It could be a business network or something a bit different. There’s loads out there.

LGBT Community Group of the Year Often unsung heroes, the groups offer unique and important support, and promote an inclusive society. They’re often coordinated by volunteers too.

LGBT Charity of the Year Offering diverse services, the world would be a darker place without many of the wonderful LGBT charities out there. They save lives. Simples.

Health & Wellbeing Charity of the Year They are there when you need them. Offering services and support often not available elsewhere, or in the same way. Our heroes.

LGBT Sports Group of the Year Homophobia in sport is a big issue. These groups offer a safe space for people of all sporting abilities. Promoting inclusion!

Regional LGBT Magazine of the Year Offering an avenue to promote local events and groups as well as publishing local LGBT news. They are often free and available in bars. National LGBT Magazine of the Year No introduction needed. They are national institutions and are the LGBT magazines available on many high streets around the UK.

LGBT Website of the Year This could be any website that caters specifically for LGBT interests and news. The quality of many of them is very impressive.

LGBT Radio Station/Show of the Year There aren’t many of these but we need to celebrate their unique programming and content, supporting with building an inclusive society.

Tweeter of the Year A person, group or organisation who offer informative and engaging ‘tweets’. Using Twitter for the greater good.

LGBT Pride of the Year (UK) With more and more appearing on the calendar evert year, these events are the highlights of many peoples calendars. They have a real positive social impact too. They come in all shapes and sizes.

LGBT Pride of the Year (International) For those lucky enough to have experienced attending a Pride event overseas, we want to highlight the best of the rest.

LGBT Cultural Event of the Year An event that celebrates and raises awareness of the culture of the LGBT community. It could be through art, music or theatre. Just some ideas.

Inclusive Event of the Year An event where everyone is welcome and where everyone can be themselves, no matter what their differences.

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Album of the Year Music plays a big part in all of our lives. We want to recognise the collection of songs that struck a chord with you. It doesn’t have to be a chart hit either.

Song of the Year 2013 has been an epic year for songs that have captured many a moment. Whether it is celebrations, those sadder moments and so much more.

Movie of the Year The price of a cinema ticket may make us want to cry sometimes but we can’t deny that this year has given us many cinematic greats. What’s yours?

TV Show of the Year We have been hooked on so many TV shows this year. They’ve informed us, made us laugh, cry and everything in between. What’s your fave?

Book of the Year Whenever we have a spare half an hour we can’t think of anything better than a cuppa (99’ of course), and burying ourselves in a good book.

Theatre Production of the Year Whether it’s an old favourite or a newbie, the talent gracing theatre stages all over the UK is huge. What has got you singing along or laughing out loud?

Inspiring Celebrity of the Year Is there a celebrity that has inspired you or done something positive for the LGBT community? We want to recognise someone who has used their celebrity status for the greater good.

LGBT Bar/Club of the Year There are hundreds of LGBT bars, clubs and club nights all over the UK that are all different and offer a unique and safe space.

Restaurant of the Year We love nothing better than getting all dressed up and going out for a meal with friends and family. What restaurant tickles your tastebuds?

Inclusive Venue of the Year This is a venue where everyone is welcome and when at the venue, everyone can be themselves. It can be any inclusive venue, theatre, bar.....

Holiday Destination of the Year Thinking of our Summer holiday definitely helps us get through the busy weeks. We work hard for our holidays. Where do you enjoy spending your free time? It can be home or away.

Brand of the Year What brand really shouts ‘LGBT friendly’? We have witnessed some wonderful LGBT advertising campaigns in recent years. What brand has your loyalty and respect? Votes for The Co-operative will not be included.

The ‘Respect’ Moment of 2013 We want to know your most memorable moment for equality in 2013. Is there something that has really stood out for you? It could be a political landmark, memorable event, advert, something from the news or a celeb doing good.

WIN! Everyone that nominates for the awards will be entered into our very special ‘prize draw’ and you could you a fabulous ‘Co-operative Food Truly Irresistible Hamper’. What are you waiting for!

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WE REACH OVER 2,000,OOO MILLION PEOPLE ON TWITTER. WOW. Since we announced that nominations were open for our ‘Respect ‘Loved by You’ Awards’ we have been amazed by the positive reaction to them. We have already had over 4,000 nominations and the diversity of the nominations has really impressed us.


It has been fantastic seeing lots of charities, community groups and events spread the word of the awards to their stakeholders and social media followers too. Mentions of the awards on Twitter alone have reached over 2,000,000 people. We never imagined there would so much buzz and interest in our community focussed awards. Big thanks to everyone that has already nominated and helped spread the word. #Respect


Who has supported us? Gay Star News @gaystarnews : 31,318 followers Dr Christian Jessen @DoctorChristian : 275,642 followers The Overtones @the_overtones : 48,248 followers Ollie Locke @ollielocke : 435,340 followers Ben Cohen @RugbyBenCohen : 79,149 followers


Lauren Harries @LaurenHarries : 46,093 followers Gareth Thomas @gareththomas14 : 164,836 followers Luke Anderson @JustLukeyA : 41,404 followers Deborah Meaden @DeborahMeaden : 139,466 followers and lots more! #respect


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62,354 followers Join the conversation on Twitter @CoopRespectLGBT Visit our new web-page at

We have lots of lesbian, gay and bisexual mentors registered!

The Respect 2013 Yearbook will be published in January 2014

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t e g r o f Let’s not The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, alongside Manchester-based transgender support group Transforum, launched a Community Book of Remembrance, which aims to provide a space for people to remember those in the community who have been have lost through hate, discrimination, isolation and illness. The book will be hosted at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street, Manchester, and will be accessible for all members of the public to come in, reflect, and leave a message.

We have lots of lesbian, gay and bisexual mentors registered! Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, comments “We are really pleased to work with Transforum on this unique and new offering, enabling the community to remember those who have been lost”.

Dawn Pomfret, Deputy Chair of Transforum goes onto explain “For me there was a lack of somewhere to leave a message to a loved one who had passed on. It was important for a space to be created where people could see and share the feeling that the person is now remembered.  I hope the book will give comfort to others”. The book was launched at a special event in September which saw key members of the LGB&T community speak about loved ones that they have


lost. The event also marked the death of Carol Ainscow, a pioneering businesswoman and property developer who was instrumental in regenerating run-down parts of Manchester, including the Village. Carol, who had been battling a brain tumour, opened Manto, one of the first openly-gay bars on Canal Street. The Community Book of Remembrance was also dedicated to transgender Lancashire teacher Lucy Meadows, who tragically took her own life back in March after her story became national news. Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, goes onto say; “In the future we hope to host the book online, making it more accessible to members of the community. We are looking for companies who might be interesting in working in partnership with us”. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation also recently launched an interactive timeline, charity the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community over the last 100 years. The timeline has a UK focus and charts events and people of significance 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. It can be viewed at

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One of the most frequently ask ed questions The Lesbian & Gay Foundation gets asked is from parents or family members ask ing, “I think my child is gay, what do I do?”. Their ‘Our Kids Are Alright’ gui de aims to help answer that questio n, it gives parents, family members and loved ones advice and support if you’re unsure about what to do or how to react if you r child or someone close to you has come out. This guide really comes from the heart, the staff team at the LGF donated their tea and coffee money to ensure this guide got made, and to make sure that lesbian, gay and bisexual people get the love and support they deserve. Download for free at

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The Queen and Prince Philip officially open 1 Angel Square On the 14 November Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, toured the new Co-operative HQ 1 Angel Square. After a tour of the building that included meeting representatives from all of our business areas, The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the formal opening of the 14 storey building in Manchester city centre. The buzz in the building was amazing, with colleagues from our stores all over the UK coming to be a part of the day.

Euan Sutherland, The Co-operative Group Chief Executive, said: “The visit today of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh symbolises the completion of the building and one of the most significant UK construction projects in the past five years.” It was also announced on the day of the visit the our new HQ is officially the most environmentally friendly building in the world. That that is some achievement!

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ISSUE 2 OF THE CHECKOUT NEWSLETTER IS OUT NOW! Produced by Respect’s Co-Chair Thomas Anderson, the second issue of the newsletter for the UK’s Inter-Retail network ‘checkOUT’ has just been published. The issue includes contributions from lots of the members of the network including Tesco, John Lewis and of course, The Co-operative. There are also some Christmas gift ideas and an article about the magical new John Lewis Christmas advert.

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Number 1 : Paris Lees

Journalist Paris Lees, TV presenter Clare Balding, and activist & ‘Friend of Respect’ Peter Tatchell have been named on a list of the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender figures in the UK. The 14th annual Pink List was published by the Independent on Sunday 13th October 2013. META magazine editor Paris Lees was placed first. In the past couple of years Paris has appeared as Channel 4 and Radio 1’s first trans woman presenter and founded META magazine. Clare Balding and human rights champion Peter Tatchell came joint second. The Independent received nominations from more than 1,300 of its readers


with the paper whittling thousands of nominees down to 101. A panel of judges including activist, blogger and poet Christine Burns, Diva magazine publisher Kim Watson and Independent on Sunday staff then decided on the final list. Organisers said campaigners had been placed highly - following a year in which same-sex couples won the right to get married in England and Wales. Ruth Hunt, deputy head of gay rights charity Stonewall, who campaigned for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, is in fifth place. Benjamin Cohen, Mike Buonaiuto and James J Walsh, the creators of the Out4Marriage media campaign which supported a change in the law, are placed at number seven in the list. They are followed by activist and Miss England entrant, Jackie Green, and the head of UK Black Pride, Phyllis OpokuGyimah. Last year's winner, London 2012 Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams is in fourth place. Independent on Sunday editor Lisa Markwell said: "The Pink List has evolved to become an authoritative celebration of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout the country.”

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The list included many supporters of the Respect network including: 11. Charlie Condou Actor, Writer As well as playing TV's most swoonsome gay character, the Corrie star is an impassioned gay-rights advocate, speaking and writing across a range of topics.

15. Evan Davis TV & Radio Presenter The presenter of Dragons' Den and the BBC’s Today Programme is just as busy as ever.

21. Elly Barnes LGBT Schools Advisor, Founder of Educate & Celebrate Former schoolteacher Elly Barnes says that being number one on the 2011 Pink List “gave me the confidence I needed to take the Educate and Celebrate initiative forward nationally”.

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MEET THE RESPECT STEERING GROUP We are delighted to introduce you to Respect’s newest Event Coordinator Simon Eggleton. BASED IN PETERBOROUGH, SIMON WORKS FOR THE CO-OPERATIVE FOOD AS A TEAM MEMBER. Tell us a bit about your role in The Co-operative? I have worked for The Co-operative Group for 4.5 years now in one of the former Somerfield Petrol forecourts. I work on the night shift as we are a 24 hour store, and carry out numerous roles within the store including Bakery, Serving, Deliveries and much more.

And you’re now a part of the Respect Steering Group. What events would you like to see the network arrange and get involved with? I would still like to see the network involved in more local Pride events but also maybe attendance at local festivals, even down to things like street stall etc that would also help promote The Co-operative brand.

Being based in branch, how important do you think it is that the network is as visible as possible. What more do we need to do?

“staff don’t always have the time or the access to the computers in store to find out about these things”

I remember only finding out about the Respect network by mistake when I was clicking through the internal Intranet page. I think we need to promote the network more in store because staff don’t always have the time or the access to the computers in store to find out about these things, this in turn would hopefully lead to more people getting involved.

We hear you have attended lots of Pride events. What do you enjoy about them and how important do you think they are in the 21st century? This year I have attended three pride events and it’s the first time I have ever attended them (although) I have always wanted to! I would have to say I enjoy the atmosphere of the whole event, meeting new people and quite a lot of the time seeing all the members of the public turning out to watch the parade even if they are not part of the LGBT community - so seeing them enjoying it too. They are and should remain very important and very prominent part of our community.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Everyone likes a good rest when they are not working, me included. But also I love meeting up with friends and depending on if I have holidays booked, it would have to come down to visiting family. You can’t beat that!

And you’re involved with USDAW too we hear. What sorts of things do you get involved with?

I have been involved with Usdaw for over 3 years now and carry out a number of duties such as being secretary to our branch, attending the union’s annual delegates meeting in Blackpool and attending divisional conferences. I also get involved as much as I can with the equality side of things within the union, from my point of view mainly LGBT events. Email your stories and get in touch at Find us on the Intranet Home > HR & People > Diversity > Respect

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I've worked for The Co-operative Group for 20 years. I started when I was 16 in my local village store back in Wales. Â

We meet Respect’s newest Fundraising Coordinator

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I started as a shelf filler in a Co-operative Food store and I have worked my way up to Store Manager, moving to Bristol in 1999. Â

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Lindsay (centre ) at Bristol Pride I see my role as a leader who inspires my team to deliver excellent customer service and good standards of the store. We can all be ourselves whilst at work. The main thing I love about my job is working with the community and doing events that promote our business. Events such as Pride, Fairtrade events and working with the regional Membership team. Our store supports the local community too. At the beginning of the year we helped set up a garden and we will continue to help keep it tidy, giving up our time to do this. This month we are having a street community day with the local shops all participating, ready for Christmas. We also do a lot of fundraising in store with events such as cake sales, a sponsored silence (our chattiest employee found this diďŹƒcult), raes, dress up days and we even had the male employees getting their legs waxed. This was great fun!  

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I have also made contact with the Alzeimers Society so our store can support them next year. I've also persuaded my Operations Manager to support it as a team of 15 stores. This will give us bigger fundraising ideas and we can raise lots more money.đ&#x;˜ƒ The Bristol LGBT scene is good with some good bars and clubs. I'm not sure about what's out there with regards to support and networks but I have a contact from Bristol Pride who I’m speaking to for more information. In the role of Fundraising Coordinator for the network I am going to get in contact with lots of local groups to see what we can do to help support the community and to get more involved and support them. That is a vision for me. To see what we achieved with Bristol Pride this year in one day, I would love us to do that all year round. A lot like what we have in Manchester where we are ingrained and respected in the local LGBT community. I can’t wait!

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Ikea removes lesbian couple from Russian edition of magazine

Clare Balding's grandmother told her it was "disgusting" she was gay

As reported in The Guardian, Ikea has been accused of cowardice after removing a British lesbian couple from the Russian edition of its monthly magazine.

As reported on Digital Spy, the X Factor star Lucy Spraggan has opened up about her row with James Arthur. Spraggan recently argued with Arthur after he used a homophobic slur in a 'rap battle' track and the row became public when she posted their text messages on her Twitter page.

The December issue of the magazine, which will be distributed in most countries in which Ikea operates, contains a long feature about the lives of Clara and Kirsty, a Dorset-based lesbian couple and their Ikea-filled interiors. "We're two mums bringing up our baby boy in Clara's loft," says Kirsty in the story.

She recently clarified her feelings towards Arthur, explaining that she is concerned about the normalisation of homophobic language.

"We're not your average family in your average home, but if my nan can raise two sons in a tiny caravan, we can make it work in our little loft." Russian Ikea shoppers, however, will be shielded from information about the lives of the two British lesbians, in case it is deemed to fall foul of the country's controversial new law banning "homosexual propaganda". A spokeswoman for Ikea confirmed to Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper that the article had been changed over fears it could fall foul of Russia's gay propaganda laws. "That's the reason why Russia has another article," she said. "We have two guiding principles in the communication we distribute from Ikea. The first is home interior design. The second is following the law."

She said the comments came after her sexuality was made public. Balding, whose partner is the former BBC newsreader Alice Arnold, was appearing on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme. She also said she would not boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia over its gay rights record, insisting her going was "the right thing to do". The broadcaster, who fronted much of the BBC's 2012 Olympic Games coverage, said her parents knew she was a lesbian. But when a national newspaper made it public she says she had to tell her grandma. "I said 'Grandma, I need to talk to you' and she said 'Yes I should think you do'," she told presenter Kirsty Young. "I said 'Have you seen the paper?' and she said 'Yes and I think it's disgusting'. "I said 'What do you mean? The invasion of my privacy or my lifestyle choice' and she said 'Both' and I didn't talk to her for about six months after that which was pretty difficult."


X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan on James Arthur: 'I know he's not a homophobe'

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Posting a link to gay rights group Stonewall, Spraggan wrote: "There has been a lot of discussion around my tweets to James Arthur last week and I'd like to make my views clear. "This is a sensitive subject and I want to clarify that, whilst I know James isn't a homophobe and I didn't intend for my tweets to be read that way, I did want to confront an issue that I feel really strongly about and which is what I had hoped to highlight. "Homophobic language has sadly become so engrained into everyday conversation and people don't realise the discriminating and devastating effect it can have." Spraggan added: "Stonewall are carrying out an amazing campaign at the moment about the use of language which is something I fully support and I hope everyone takes the time to look into."

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John Whaite’s Christmas. Watch John’s fab videos showing us all his favourite festive recipes sweet, savoury and even boozy - to help us all get through the festive period. View them at: christmas/


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Firstly, congratulations on the success of your debut book ‘John Whaite Bakes’. How has the reaction to the book been? Great. Incredible actually. I knew there would be a little interest around it because of The Bake Off, but I could never have anticipated the response that it's had - my little humble book!

Do you have a favourite thing to bake? No! I'm too flippant and fickle to have favourites! Though I love a good scone, with clotted cream and cherry jam!

Is there something you have attempted to bake but haven’t quite yet mastered? Luckily, because I'm now a student at pastry school I'm being taught by very qualified chefs and so I feel like I'm learning a lot!

“I love my career right now, and I am lucky because they say if you enjoy your job, you never work a day in your life” You have recently changed your career path, after studying law. Did you ever think you’d be making a living out of something you clearly have such a passion for?

John Whaite John Whaite is a Baker, Cook and TV personality. He studied Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in London, and has published his first book, ‘John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood’, and is currently writing his second, which will be published by Headline in March 2014. Gaining a first class degree in Law from the University of Manchester, after declining a place to study at Oxford University, John decided to hang up the gown and don the apron, a decision spurred on after he won the third series of the hit BBC TV show ‘The Great British Bake Off’.


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I always wanted to, but I never saw how it would be possible. When you start off on the wrong footing it's very difficult to make the decision to start again. Thankfully for me, bake off ensured that happened!

What did you think of the latest series of ‘Great British Bake Off’? I loved it. I'm so addicted to the show! and it was great to watch it and not feel emotionally involved with the cakes!

The nation was hooked and over 9 million people (more than X Factor) watched the final. Why do you think the nation has fallen in love with the show? Because it's pure. And I don't mean that in some sort of meaningless, I-feel-so-blessed kind of way, I mean it literally. The show demonstrates simply a tradition that has been a part of our British culture for so long. Of course also it is a competition, and we adore a good battle!

It must have been quite a whirlwind for you since being crowned the winner of the series last year? Tornado more like! It's been wonderful. I get to do different things and meet so many interesting people. I love my career right now, and I am lucky because they say if you enjoy your job, you never work a day in your life. It is of course very busy, and can be extremely exhausting, so I do have to take care not to burn the candle at both ends. 

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We hear a second book is on it’s way. Can you tell us anything about it? It's called ‘John Whaite Bakes at Home’, though don't expect me to be holding a cake wearing pastel pink on the front cover - it's a home baking book, yes, but there are still plenty of real patisserie inspired bakes, as well as sweet, gorgeous things like Banoffee Cream Horns... 

You look very at home on the stage and we’ve loved seeing you at Bake Shows up and down the country. Is this something you enjoy doing? I love it, in fact I'm addicted to it. I'm quite a shy person - believe it or not in a one-to-one scenario. On stage however, I feel myself and I feel like I can give people what they come to see. Of course it's a caricature of myself - I'm not constantly cracking jokes and smiling - but at least I can be a deep concentration of the best I can be for a short period of time. 

“I once suffered a very slight episode of homophobia from a coworker and I can't tell you how seriously the Co-op took it!” You’re openly gay and we love that you’ve helped remove some of the ‘gay man’ stereotypes of gay people on TV by just being yourself. What do you think of the LGBT representation on TV? Do you think it reflects the diversity of the LGBT community? It's a tough question because the LGBT population is as diverse as mankind itself. It's difficult, if not impossible, to broad-brush the community with a single 'representation'. I do however believe that TV promotes just being oneself, which seems like a terrible

contradiction because TV is really about precisely what isn't real (with sets and makeup and costumes etc,) but I do see how TV can enface and embolden people to just be who they are! 

What was the reaction to you being on the cover of Attitude magazines Winter issue last year? It made us feel very festive. It was marvelous. To be a cover model was something I never imagined could happen. I mean, I'm no David Gandy let's face it, so it was honouring!

We hear you used to work for The Co-operative Group in Manchester? I did. And it really was the most ethical company I've ever worked for. I once suffered a very slight episode of homophobia from a co-worker and I can't tell you how seriously the Co-op took it!

Well even though you’re no longer employed by us, we’re delighted to have you as an ‘Honoury Friend of Respect’. Me too! thank you!

We chatted to you at the recent Village Bakers ‘Great Village Bake Off’ event in August. It must have been hard deciding the winners? The entries looked amazing! They were all awesome. I was so proud that Manchester and the LGBT community didn't let me down! There's no place like home eh?

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. 

What’s next for you? You'll have to Whaite and see. Sorry, I've ashamed myself!

How important do you think inclusive social groups and networks like ‘Village Bakers’ are? Very important. I think the good thing though about Village Bakers is that it is exactly that: inclusive. I hate it when these LGBT events are strictly for gay or transgender individuals, because the one thing we want is inclusion and to have a strict entry code is the complete converse of that. 

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The Co-operative supported World AIDS Day for the fourth consecutive year World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1 December each year and 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. It has become one of the most recognised international health days, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important? More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK, globally there are 34 million people living with HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment; there are laws to protect people living with HIV so much more is understood about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. To raise awareness of the day The Co-operative’s Employee Engagement & Diversity Team, supported by Respect, published a World AIDS Day article with factsheet on the Intranet, attracting lots of comments and page likes. You could also purchase red ribbons, the international symbol of AIDS awareness, at 1 Angel Square - raising money for HIV charity George House Trust. We also overtook the huge digital screens in Angel Square with striking visuals to raise awareness of the day to employees and visitors. The Co-operative also published a Facebook article and did a tweet about the day! The Facebook article is one of the most engaged Co-op articles of the year with over 140 likes and 100+ shares. Thank you to everyone for helping raise awareness of this important day.

hiv facts HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus which attacks the body's immune system — the body's defence against diseases. HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment. There are now more people than ever living with HIV in the UK — around 90,000 — with a quarter of those people are unaware they have the virus. Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV


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The Wall By Respect member Alex Sparrowhawk

It wasn’t the West or East German governments who broke down the Berlin Wall in November 1989; it was the German people… maybe it’s people living with HIV who need to help break down the wall that encircles them: that invisible barrier that is the stigma of HIV and AIDS. This time la few weeks ago I was standing in a city of which half was completely surrounded by a twelve foot wall for almost thirty years. In 1989 the Berlin wall was torn down and in the same year the USA reported its 100,000th case of HIV, this figure was to double there by 1991. Today there are over 34 million people worldwide living with the virus. Whilst much has changed since the late 80s for Berlin and Germany, many issues surrounding HIV and AIDS are still very much the same. Most people still perceive the virus to be something that won’t affect them, there is little public awareness about the virus, what it means for people who believe they are negative and for those who have received a positive diagnosis. Unlike a physical object, such as a wall, some barriers are harder to destroy than others. The stigma associated with HIV won’t disappear out of hope or political change over time, action is needed to educate and inform people globally about the true facts of the virus, AIDS, and how transmission occurs: how to protect yourself and reduce the risk of passing HIV and the importance of regular testing.

message that we need to collectively deliver to today’s society. This quote in particular really defines what is necessary to instigate change:

“I have HIV and a strong voice at my side… Do I have yours?” I am a strong believer that by being open about your HIV status you are helping to break down the stigma associated with the virus, but this is only possible if you have the support of others by your side. Most importantly your friends and family but also the assistance of your nurses and consultants, counsellors and support group workers.

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I applaud anyone who has or is considering being open about their HIV status, and for those who aren’t in a position to I know we will all make sure our voice is loud enough to make a difference for you too. World AIDS Day is about raising awareness but also remembering those we have lost in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and it’s for those people that we must continue to stand up to discrimination and prejudice. ‘Getting to Zero’ isn’t just about zero new infections, it’s about zero tolerance for people who believe it is right to be able to persecute someone because they live with a virus, it’s about zero discrimination, people living with HIV already live with the virus, the medication, the consultant appointments… …we shouldn’t have to live with societies stigma either.

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All of the Christmas themed articles have been written by Respect’s Entertainment Editor Will O’Regan, pictured on page 32.

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LADY RIZO Mon 16 Dec – Sat 4 Jan, 9.30pm (Mondays 8pm) Soho Downstairs, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London Tickets £20 (£17.50) Mon-Wed, £25 (£22.50) Thu-Sat, £35 New Year's Eve Revel in the luscious vocals of this Grammy-winning diva as she combines glamour, wit and insane charm. Lady Rizo, the New York cabaret superstar and chanteuse revives the genre by combining vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade with original material. A fascinating mix of bawdy humour and polished hyper-femininity, the brazen blonde will have you rolling with laughter.

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The London Gay Men’s Chorus Ensemble proudly present, 'Hotel Noël' The Cockpit, Marylebone Thu 19 - Sat 21 December 2013, 7:45PM Sat 21 December 2013, 3:00PM Hotel Noël is open for business and is throwing a magical Christmas party for its guests. The 16 members of the London Gay Men's Chorus ensemble present a Christmas show full of breathtaking harmonies and vocals, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! All tickets: £15 - Box Office - 020 7258 2925

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It was the book turned film character Mark Darcy, him indoors of Bridget Jones fame that I do believe had a great deal to do with the craze that has since reached epic proportions in the UK at Christmas. I talk of the beloved Christmas jumper in all their woolen/ synthetic glory. In the 2001 film Bridget Jones Diary the heroine of the story finds herself face to face with the uptight and unexpected future love of her life Mr Darcy as they exchange words while he wears a reindeer fronted festive jumper no doubt bought by his mother and worn out of obligation. That was then and now these jumpers have well and truly established as a massive seller with all high street and even high end fashion retailers deciding to put out full ranges of all colours, designs and textures. In preparation for this article I found designer Christmas jumpers available for £700+. Enough to well and truly break the bank. Designs are so colourful and so varied. The most inventive and creative are the more comical jumpers, such as those with reindeer, Santa, snowmen and so on. These now even come with battery operated built in lights, which flash around the outline of the design, genius. Fans of the more reserved of designs such a snowflakes, and geometric patterns like Fairisle are also more than


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catered to in the stores, showing that it’s not just about the silly, the stylish is also taken into account. And with so many celebrities wearing these cosy knits they too have aided in what has become a multi million pound earner every November/December. With the likes of Cheryl Cole, Holly Willoughby, Harry Styles and Philip Schofield all appearing on TV and in magazines wearing these, this shows the kitsch factor isn’t lost on the household names. When writing this article I went around Manchester City Centre, no excuses needed, and saw a large selection in all the high street stores. This year I will be making a purchase as for my Food department Christmas lunch in December it was decided by my department manager that we should all go in Christmas jumpers, and there wasn’t a single complaint made from the team of fifty people attending. I think it’s a real sign of how downright mainstream the jumpers have now become. No more a thing forced upon us to wear, now they genuinely are really cool and on trend. The question now remains; do I go for funky or should I treat myself to traditional? Decisions, decisions! These past 9 months of contributions have flown by and there will be plenty more to come from me in 2014. Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all readers of Respect

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The Respect network Steering Group wish all of our ‘Friends of Respect’ a happy and healthy festive season. See you in 2014!

Respect’s Fundraising Coordinator Rachel Crabtree reveals her Respect highlights of the year What has been the highlight of 2013 for you? Getting to attend the European Diversity Awards in London with the Respect network team. It really showed how far the network has come and how hard everyone has worked. And obviously meeting Ollie from Made in Chelsea!

What was your favourite Respect event and why? Brighton Pride – the atmosphere in the parade was amazing and it was great to see how much people supported Respect and The Co-operative!

What is your proudest moment of 2013?

Pictured is Respect’s Co-chair Thomas Anderson (far right) and his team, the Operational Support Team at The Co-operative Pharmacy. As you can see they really got into the festive spirit. All of Thomas’s team are proud ‘Friends of Respect’. Remember everyone is welcome to join the Respect network! Email your stories and get in touch at Find us on the Intranet Home > HR & People > Diversity > Respect

Definitely the Purple Door Project – the Respect team worked with the Albert Kennedy Trust to paint, decorate and furnish a safe house for young homeless LGBT people. We had many late nights there painting, cleaning, building furniture.... Hard work but getting to meet the first young people who would be living there made it all worthwhile - very proud!

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Ding Dong Merrily on high. I LOVE Christmas music! Well about as much as you can really, a healthy amount, I only listen in the month of December (honest!). The songs of the festive season can really set the tone and bring us a great sense of joy, of happiness. They evoke memories of Christmas past and are so special and sensory they really can be wonderful in their own special way. We all have our favourite songs of the season and nowadays there are certain tracks that always come back year after year; The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, Mariah, Wham, Shakin Stevens, Chris Rea and Slade all spring to mind and have a place on my festive playlist.

We have lots of lesbian, gay and bisexual mentors registered! In recent years the music market has steadily seen a rise in the established artists releasing albums of Christmas songs. The finest example of this working to a tee was the 2011 album ‘Christmas’ by global singing sensation Michael Bublé, with sales of over 2 million copies in the UK alone meaning it has been certified as 7 x Platinum. Perhaps this is an exception rather than the rule in terms of turning Christmas and having instant sales. It’s my opinion that Michael has a certain appeal and fusing his vocal style with Christmas songs went on to reap huge rewards, and it will no doubt sell big again this year in it’s Deluxe edition.

Following on from Michael was the 2012 album ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ by Rod Stewart which was the best selling Christmas album of the year. It’s not just the males that are putting out the Christmas fare; this year reality TV divas from both sides of the pond will be releasing seasonal albums. I write of none other than Leona Lewis and Kelly Clarkson. Leona’s ‘Christmas, with love’ and Kelly’s ‘Wrapped in Red’ have both recently been released. I’ll have played both many times by the time you read this Respect reader! I cannot possibly write this article and not mention the Christmas tracks of Sir Cliff Richard and also the Spice Girls. I can remember it being a case of think Christmas; think Cliff for many years of my childhood. He has racked up a total of four number one singles at Christmas; ‘I Love You’ alongside the Shadows in 1960, ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ in 1987, vocals on Band Aid II in 1989, and lastly ‘Saviours Day’ in 1990. The Spice Girls are also high up on the Christmas Chart list with three songs I remember from my teenage years; 1996’s ‘2 Become 1’, 1997’s ‘Too Much” and 1998’s ‘Goodbye’. For as long as I can remember the race to be Christmas number one has been a very hotly contested battle. But in recent years The X Factor had taken over the guaranteed spot, well all bar the year that the anti X Factor campaign put Rage Against The Machine and ‘Killing in the name of’ at Number 1 ahead of X Factor winner Joe McElderry. So who is in the running for Christmas number 1 2013 you ask? Well The X Factor winner once again enters the frame in the battle alongside songs from Susan Boyle in a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley on ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’, Britain’s Got Talent brother singing act Richard & Adam with a cover of ‘I Saw Three Ships Come

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Sailing In (On Christmas Day)’, Choirboy Jack Tonning and his cover of ‘Tomorrow’ from the musical ‘Annie’ and a cover of Wizzards 1973 ‘I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday’ by itv2’s Big Reunion acts Blue, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Liberty X and 5ive. I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess as to who I think has it in the bag this year but expect the X Factor winner will have the most airplay and exposure post the itv final results show on Sunday December 15th where at least 10 million viewers will see the song being performed.

The Christmas Number One 2013 will be announced live on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday 22nd December from 4pm on The Official Chart Show with Jameela Jamil.

Who will be crowned the Christmas Number 1? Leona Lewis One More Sleep

Robbie Dream A Little Dream

X Factor Winner What song will they cover?

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Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets come around just once a year but they are well worth the wait. I know some friends who have countdowns on their smartphones to when the markets are back, that’s dedication. Living in Manchester these past few years I have really got a sense of what they are all about. Originating in Germany as a way of marking Advent for the four weeks leading up to Christmas the markets proved a place to come and celebrate as well as shop, eat and drink and that is exactly what they continue to do to this very day. Manchester’s Town Hall and environs are transformed every year and this year is no exception. From Exchange Square via New Cathedral Street along to Anne Square and King Street to the Town Hall at Albert Square are festooned in stalls selling all nature of items. From Christmas trees and wreaths to an endless selection of gift ideas. Not forgetting the food and drinks; from macaroons and hog roast to bratwurst and not forgetting the beers, hot chocolates and the glühwein. There are also fantastic Christmas markets in other locations around the UK including York, Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh. On average a bratwurst will cost you around £5 at most of the markets and a pint of an alcoholic drink around £4. Also expect to may a refundable deposit for your glass of cup, or if you’re like me just keep it - the designs are often very festive and they make a great gift (or add to your collection). To look further afield I am casting my eye towards Spain, Barcelona to be exact and the Fira de Santa Llúcia; a 300-stall market, which will certainly impress. Not only does it have an abundance of Christmas tree and mistletoe sales but also specialises in Christmas Market, but it also boasts a nativity scene contest and a novelty present piñata item where children are invited to hit and break a log to get a present from inside, a long time tradition that continues to this very day. The appeal of a Christmas Market with a Spanish flavour is one I have no doubt Respect readers would greatly enjoy. From my research the Spanish markets have some of the German influences but have used local themes and products to customise them and so it wouldn’t be advised to go expecting an exact copy in terms of food and drinks. For more information on visiting Barcelona visit The Co-operative Travel at You can find out lots more at


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What has been the highlight of 2013 for you? For me the ultimate highlight has to be coming third in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. The Respect team and all its members work so hard to make sure that The Co-operative Group is an inclusive place to work so that no-one should ever fear being themselves if they want to be out, safe and recognised as LGBT in our business. Coming third shows that all the hard work is paying off and now we’re formally acknowledged by organisations across the country and used as a benchmark of success. There’ll always be plenty more we can do though, and I can’t wait to get started in 2014.

What was your favourite Respect event and why? Manchester Pride is always a huge buzz - to see all the support lining the streets when you take part in the parade. In contrast helping out at Sparkle – the national transgender celebration, was uplifting and really appreciated; you could see our support meant a lot to all the attendees.

What is your proudest moment of 2013? Respect being shortlisted for many awards and representing us at the European Diversity Awards was my proudest moment by far. The calibre of nominees was awe inspiring, and to be considered a worthy nominee amongst some true heroes filled me with pride, something I’ve never felt before. It didn’t matter that we weren’t awarded anything – I already felt like we were winners with everything we’d achieved.

What does Christmas mean to you? Gin and Mistletoe – a lethal combination.

What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner? Parsnips. I’m addicted. I’ve been known to steal them from my niece and nephew’s dinner plates.

Respect’s Communications Officer Tom Elliott shares some of his 2013 Respect highlights.....oh and a bit of Christmas too!


What is your most vivid childhood Christmas memory? My dad telling me that Margaret Thatcher had cancelled Christmas, about mid-December.

Favourite Christmas song I do an awesome Shakin Stevens on karaoke.

Favourite Christmas movie Possibly Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds…

Anything on your Christmas wish list? Jason Derulo, with just a strategically placed bow.

What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve received? A pair of orange legwarmers (I was about 4). Wish I’d kept them now!

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Sharon Pegg, ‘Friend of Respect’ and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at The Co-operative lets us in on her 2013 highlights.... yup, and a bit of Christmas too! What has been the highlight of 2013 for you? It has to be the launch of the ‘Pearls’ programme and feeding the learning’s back into our Aspire network. You can read more about this in the new look ‘Aspire Magazine’ that will be published in January 2014. We have been inspired by the wonderful ‘Respect Magazine’.

What was your favourite Respect event and why? An easy one. The James Wharton book event Respect hosted earlier this year. James is a true inspiration!

What is your proudest moment of 2013? Launching the ‘checkOUT’ Inter-Retail LGBT network. A solid example of The Co-operative leading the way in retail.

What does Christmas mean to you? Christmas to me is about giving – watching somebody’s face change and really appreciate the small things as well as the big. This is not only about gifts, but your time – making people feel welcome and wanted at a time which can be very lonely for many.

What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner? It is all about the trifle in our house!

What is your most vivid childhood Christmas memory? My mum shouting “He’s been” and my brother, sister and I charging downstairs! It’s the only morning we were allowed chocolate for breakfast and this was always a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (simply the best chocolate in the world)!

Favourite Christmas song Last Christmas by Wham – not a surprise to many who know me well.

Favourite Christmas movie ‘New Years Eve’ – but in December can be found at weekend in front of Christmas 24.

Anything on your Christmas wish list? New Uggs – if anyone is listening!

What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve received? Selection boxes of the early 80’s always had a pack of ‘Spangles’ in – which I cannot stand lol.

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The Village Bakers celebrated their 1st birthday with a party and with a Manchester based Village Bakers held their first ever birthday party on Sunday 10th November at the Molly House, Manchester and celebrated with foodie style and enthusiasm. Cakes of all shapes and sizes, sweet and savoury goodies were all hand-prepared by the talented group as well as a magnificent Village Bakers Birthday cake making the centrepiece of the table lovingly crafted by fellow baker Neill Duncan. Fun activities involved a mass pass-the-parcel and a tombola and all guests received a complimentary party bag full of sweets and cakes to take home courtesy of The Co-operative Food and The Molly House. The Village bakers are an LGBT social group with the aim to Bake it! Bring it! Share it! Within Manchester’s Gay Village. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, the Village Bakers was formed in November 2012 by a group of friends meeting and sharing homemade cake and lots of glasses of wine. Since then, the group has grown in popularity over 500 followers on facebook & twitter... The party was definitely a celebration of all the group has achieved in its short life. 2013 achievements included George House Trust Bake Sale, Sparkle event, the famous Manchester Great Village Bake Off (featuring John Whaite - GBBO 2012 winner and guest judge contributing his expert knowledge) which sparked much interest and excitement amongst Manchester’s Gay Village & Manchester Pride. Village Bakers contribution and debut in the 2013 Manchester Pride parade was a massive success, full of excitement and baking prowess to publicise the group to the crowds which flock to the Pride parade each year. Kevin Sargent, Chairman and founder of the Village Bakers spoke of how proud he is of the achievements of the group, “A year in baking has brought many stiff peaks, some soggy bottoms but also a year of forming many new friendships whilst enjoying a slice of homemade cake and a drink” The group has had much support from many organisations including The Co-operative Food, 151 products and The Molly house without whom we wouldn’t have managed many of the events which the group has organised. Paul Duffy of The Molly House says ‘It’s truly brilliant how much the Manchester Village Bakers has grown in the last year and the exposure its gained not just in Canal Street but also nationally. Many friendships have been made in the last year through the Village Bakers and it’s heart-warming to see thats how the community thrives. Heres to another year of sugar rushes and extra inches around the hips!!’. The Village Bakers are continually looking for new ideas for events, masterclasses or social activities to bring the group together alongside regular monthly meetings sampling fellow members creations with a drink and a chat.

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The Village Bakers love to share their buns, baps and stiff peaks with the rest of the LGBT world; therefore they have kindly provided Respect with the recipe of a Christmas inspired cake. If you are interested in showing off your cakes then take them along to a Village Bakers event. You can find details on their Facebook Page ( or follow them on Twitter (@villagebakers) Their inclusive events take place monthly at the Molly House, Richmond Street (near Canal St), Manchester from 1pm onwards. They would love to see you there! Feel free to bring any tasty baking delight which you have put together, otherwise please still come along and enjoy a slice of cake, sausage roll or anything else their wonderful bakers have whipped up. They have a charity donation box which you are welcome to donate to if you would like. So go on get prove those baps, stiffen those egg whites and ice those cupcakes, they can’t wait to see you. This month we are giving you a Christmas themed recipe – a Christmas Yule Log; a great alternative to Christmas pudding and always a popular favourite after turkey and all the trimmings!

Christmas Yule Log Ingredients 4 eggs 100g sugar 60g self-raising flour 45g cocoa powder 300ml double cream 300g dark chocolate 300ml double cream, whipped

Method • Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Grease a 33x23cm/ 13xin Swiss roll tin, and line. • For the sponge, in a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar using until the mixture is pale in colour and light. Sift the flour and cocoa powder and fold together, until all the cocoa and flour are mixed into the egg mix. • Put the mix into the tin and spread evenly. Bake in oven for 9 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch. • Put a piece of greaseproof paper onto a worktop. Turn out the cake onto the paper. • Start to tightly roll up the sponge using the paper. Roll with the paper inside and sit the roll on top of its outside edge to cool completely.

Ganache topping • Heat the cream to lukewarm temp in a pan. Remove from the heat and add chocolate, stirring until it is melted. Cool in fridge until firm. • Uncurl the cold Swiss roll and remove the paper. Spread the whipped cream on top, and re-roll. • Put the ganache into a piping and pipe along the cake to cover covering. • Now use your inventive creative Christmas skills to decorate... go wild!

>>> If you take up this baking challenge, we’d love to see the end results. Email us your pics!

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We’ve brought you the Respect 2013 highlights (and yes a bit of Christmas too) from Rachel, Tom and Sharon. Here some of the other members of the Respect network Steering Group share theirs too..... Steve Ratcliff Respect’s Trade Union Coordinator What was your favourite Respect event and why? The evening event for Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd, not just because I organised it but because it was an event which reached out to other retailers and groups/individuals beyond the Co-op as well as being a milestone event for Respect and the Co-op.

What is your proudest moment of 2013? The success of the event and publicity for Bi Visibility Day.

Colin Archer Respect Associate What does Christmas mean to you? Remembering family and friends, celebrating the return of daylight and lots of sparkly stuff (including drink and decorations).

What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner? The pudding with brandy sauce.

What is your most vivid childhood Christmas memory? The Christmas I got a ‘Chopper’ bike. I know I’m showing my age, but really, they were fab!

Favourite Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version).

Anything on your Christmas wish list? I always have the latest True Blood and Downton Abbey box sets on my list. They are there again this year.

What’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve received? An alarm clock. I mean, who wants to get up?


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The Lowry is proud to present the first exhibition within their new Performer as Curator series, which sees art works selected from collections around the world by musician Alison Goldfrapp. Her exhibition offers a rare opportunity to explore some of the singer’s personal inspirations through the painters, film makers, illustrators and photographers who have shaped her own inimitable artistic vision. This diverse and high profile selection of works will portray the artist’s fascination in the darker side of fairy tales and folklore through traditional and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists. Goldfrapp, who graduated from art school while writing and performing music, also art directs all things visual for the band. The exhibition explores the themes of transformation, metamorphosis and identity that often recur within traditional fairy tales and that have been represented within works of art for centuries.

The exhibition is open until Sunday 2 March Free Entry | Open Daily | #GoldfrappCurator Gallery Opening Times Sun – Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 5pm (check website) The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

Alison Goldfrapp has enjoyed international acclaim following a string of worldwide hits, including Strict Machine, Ooh La La, Lovely Head and Utopia in a career spanning 14 years. Goldfrapp’s most recent album, Tales of Us, was recently released to critical acclaim. In addition to her critical and commercial success, Goldfrapp’s reputation for spell-binding live performance and original costume designs – coupled with her unwillingness to allow public intrusion into her private life - have cemented her reputation as one of pop music’s most intriguing stars, and this unique exhibition is as distinctive and fascinating as the performer herself. The exhibition includes over 20 artists from national and international collections including: Anna Fox; John Stezaker; Jan Pienkowski; Lotte Reiniger (film); Simon English; Leonora Carrington; Henry Darger.

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Brian Leslie-Willetts Respect’s newest Colleague Development Coordinator What has been the highlight of 2013 for you? My civil wedding to my partner David in September, unforgettable day, and the honeymoon to Bali was amazing.

What was your favourite Respect event and why? Peter Tatchell speaking at 1AS, inspiring.


Daniel Cheetham Respect Event Coordinator Pic: Daniel is on the right

What was your favourite Respect event and why? James Wharton’s book signing, was good to meet the guy who had wrote about his experiences of being gay in the army.

What is your proudest moment of 2013?


Finding out Respect had won ‘Business of the Year’ for the 3rd year in a row at the Homo Hero Awards!


I have worked for the Co-operative for 2 years. This is the first time in my professional career of 20 years that I feel I have the full support and understanding of my employer as a member of the LGBT community. To walk to work on the morning of IDAHO and see the Rainbow flag flying outside my building actually brought tears to my eyes.

To get regular updates from the Respect Network - via email, newsletter, twitter, and various events makes me know this isn't a flash in the pan focus nor a box ticking exercise but a REAL commitment to equality, inclusivity, respect and support. To be invited to the launch of Checkout LGBT and see the culmination of all the hard work that has gone into creating this cross retail LGBT network made me realise how committed to LGBT people we really are - whether they work for us or not!

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Yorkshire MESMAC was named ‘Charity of the Year’ (under £1 million income) at the national Charity Times 2013 Awards for its outstanding contribution to improving sexual health across Yorkshire. The award was presented at a black tie Awards Gala at London’s prestigious Lancaster London Hotel on the 16th October 2013 to Ellen Hill, Yorkshire MESMAC's Operations Manager. Well done from everyone in the Respect Steering Group. Read our interview with the charity in issue 22 of the Respect Magazine.

To see The Co-operative officially stand up for equal marriage made me swell with Pride.

And to see the coverage of the many Pride events that The Co-operative is sponsoring up and down the country makes me smile and remember the good old days of my youth!


Manchester Pride is to distribute £34,000 to local LGBT charities following its events staged in 2013 including the August Bank Holiday Big Weekend. The amount, which includes 100% of direct donations from the ring-fenced Community Fund, is lower than in previous years. The charity described it as "disappointing" confirming that it has launched a plan to boost future fundraising.

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Kineta Kelsall Respect Magazine Contributor When did you stop believing in Father Christmas? He is real isn't he...

Do you still send Christmas cards or are you more of an ecard type of girl? Do e-cards still exist? Paper all the way baby, it's more exciting.

What does Christmas mean to you? Lots and lots of food and mulled wine.

Are you one for New Year’s resolutions and will you be making any? Start the year as you mean to go on. Healthy lifestyle and

making time for friends and family. Try to always have a positive mind, not just in January.

What does your perfect Christmas dinner consist of? A plate of pigs in blankets.

How will you be spending this Christmas? By a warm fire, with a saucepan of mulled wine, with my favourite friends and family.

What is on your Christmas gift wish list? Good question, I've entered a really exciting competition that I am desperate to win, that will make my Christmas!

THE CO-OPERATIVE FOOD IS FEATURED IN THE ‘ARTHUR CHRISTMAS’ MOVIE The Co-operative Group hit the big time as one of our Food stores featured in “Arthur PageChristmas”, 32 the 3-D animated children’s comedy film produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film tells the tale about Santa's son, Arthur Christmas, who must complete an important mission before Christmas morning.

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Arthur, who has to deliver a forgotten Christmas present to a little girl from Cornwall before she wakes up on Christmas Day, is pictured cycling furiously past a Co-operative Food store as he races against time. The producers chose to feature a Co-operative store because they wanted to demonstrate a typical English high street with a community feel.

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WE HOST THE STONEWALL HEALTH CHAMPIONS WORKSHOP The Co-operative were delighted to be able to host Stonewall’s Health Champions workshop on Wednesday 30 October. It was held in ‘The auditorium’, in 1 Angel Square, Manchester. This workshop was open to public sector organisations and employers who are part of the Stonewall Health Champions and Diversity Champions programmes. The outcomes of the workshop were: Improve knowledge on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay and bisexual people Increase understanding of some of the barriers to accessing services Establish connections and relationships with other organisations in attendance The workshop included: The LGBT Companion to the Public Health Outcomes Framework Stonewall's Gay In Britain research ( Opportunities for smaller group work Wefocussing have lots of lesbian, on current work on lesbian, gay bisexual health & wellbeing, challenges, gayand and bisexual working together mentors Largerregistered! group discussion on working together and Stonewall support

PROJECT PRIDE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS - PROUDLY SPONSORED BY THE CO-OP! Throughout the Summer, the UKs leading LGBT community radio station Gaydio travelled the UK delivering training to LGBT people to improve confidence, skills and be better placed to access paid employment opportunities in the media. Project Pride as it is known was financially supported by The Co-operative, without whom the project would not have become a reality. We have supported the LGBT community like no other business in recent years.

The Gaydio team delivered media training at 10 events across the UK Sheffield Sparkle Nottingham Brighton Stoke Manchester Cardiff Grimsby Hull Newcastle

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS Worked with 65 participants Delivered 30 hours of workshops Resulted in 57 audio interviews 55 written articles were published on Gaydio’s website 122 web pages were developed to host the output of the sessions 400 hours of volunteer time spent on the project Of the participants that we worked with 94% said they had improved their confidence as a result of the project and 100% said they had learnt new skills.

Stonewall research has clearly demonstrated that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face significant health inequalities as well discrimination when accessing health services. You can find out more about the Health Champions programme by visiting

100% of people the Pageenjoyed 32 programme and would get involved again. One participant, Amy, commented, “Project Pride has given me the chance to work face to face with some big names and help develop my skills in the production industry and give me the work experienced I needed”

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Tom Webster Respect’s newest Events Coordinator What is your favourite part of your Christmas dinner? Not having to wash up now as now I have nephews!

What is your most vivid childhood Christmas memory? Christmas at my sisters once in London. The whole family crammed around her small table on a mix of patio and wooden chairs, sat down ready to eat, all pulling crackers. My mum is not a big drinker had over indulged, pulled a cracker with gusto and her chair leg buckled. In falling back she grabbed the table cloth and half the food went everywhere and the turkey rolled across the floor. It was like a scene out of Shameless lol.

Favourite Christmas song Pogues Fairytale of New York.

Favourite Christmas movie Home Alone.

Anything on your Christmas wish list? I’ve gone red in the face typing this but the stunning lad from HR that works on my floor lol.



GAY STAR NEWS SUPPORTS THE Winter Pride Festival Icelandair and Pink Iceland, with the support of the City of Reykjavik and Reykjavik Excursions are staging the 3rd annual Winter Pride Festival from 30 January – 2 February 2014 and leading LGBT website ‘Gay Star News (GSN)’ is thrilled to be involved. Rainbow Reykjavik offers a great mixture of nature, activities, culture, music and nightlife – what more could you ask for? Iceland definitely offers a different traveling experience; with beautiful coastlines, lava deserts, glaciers, volcanoes and ice caps - it will be hard not to immerse yourself in the great outdoors when visiting. Pink Iceland and Rainbow Reykjavik comments on this new media partnership: ‘We’re very excited to team up with GSN in promoting the upcoming Winter Pride Festival scheduled for the end of January as well as other exciting travel and event options in Iceland.’ Stayed tuned as GSN keep you updated in the run up to the Winter Pride Festival on 30 January.


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Despicable Me 2 is out on DVD and available to buy in lots of Cooperative Food stores Would you LIKE to win a One-in-a-Minion family holiday to Universal Orlando Resort? ENTER here: utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Photo& utm_campaign=DespicableMe For your chance to WIN a 6-day/5-night trip for four to experience all the action, thrills and excitement of Universal Orlando速 Resort. T&Cs apply. Ends 23:59pm January 31 2014.


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WIN A selection of delicious Ferrero Rocher chocolate giftsets All you have to do to be in with a chance to win a big selection of the iconic Ferrero Rocher chocolate giftsets is email us the answer to the question below. What nut is in the centre of a traditional Ferrero Rocher chocolate? Is it: 1) A peanut 2) A hazelnut 3) A brazil nut Email your answer to by close of business 31 January 2014. The winner will be contacted within two weeks of this date. Good luck!

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The next issue of Respect is our very special ‘Respect 2013 Yearbook’ edition. What a fabulous year we’ve had! It will be published in January 2014.

Do you need some support? Here’s where to go…

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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. Email us at

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.

Useful development tools at your fingertips The Co-operative Group Ashridge virtual learning centre contains everything from learning guides to book reviews, management pocket books and economic trend data. Please visit the site as it’s a great reference point to assist your personal continuous professional development journey. Site: Login: cooperativegroup Password: coglogin If for what ever reason you can’t view this and you would like to, please let us know.

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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

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