I have always been gay, from being a young child I knew I was different.

I think I was about 7 years old when I asked the little girl next door to marry me and wondered why all my friends laughed at me. But making sense of my world in the ’70s was scary. Ife as a young teen was confusing, painful and hellish. But more of that in another podcast.

Entering the world of work and independence at 17 (I was out on my own) was exciting – for about a month. This podcast covers a little of what being gay in hospitality meant in the ’70s and there will be more in further podcasts.
This is why LGBT Level 2 and our internal training is such a joy to be involved in. There is still prejudice and discrimination out there. Worldwide there are countries where death is the outcome of being found to be gay, so the fight I became part of in the ’70s and many of my friends earlier than that – goes on.

This course makes me so proud to be part of a company that is so forward-thinking that they embraced the qualification and promote all aspects of inclusivity.

This is the first company (including ITPs) where I have not encountered prejudice on some level. That’s in 45 years of work both in hospitality, FE and work-based learning.

Please listen to the podcast – share away, react honestly and let’s start conversations.

There will be more episodes in the life of an elderly gay warrior! In the meantime, I hope you find the attached podcast an interesting introduction.