50 LGBTQ+ LONDONERS
As part of our 50th birthday activities in 2022, we'll be showcasing 50 inspiring LGBTQ Londoners who’ve made a difference to LGBTQ life in the capital.
This will include role models, change-makers, and community heroes whose work has contributed to improving the mental health of LGBTQ+ people, and advanced our community’s agenda to address health inequalities, end stigma and discriminatory practices, which is also our mission at London Friend.
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Week 1: Dugan Cummings
Dugan Cummings (he/him/his) is our longest-standing volunteer (42 years and counting!) who has offered his invaluable support to London Friend and our LGBTQ+ community since 1980.
His immense contributions span over 4 decades from working on our helpline and being our chair, when he oversaw the moving to London Friend's current premises at 86 Caledonian Road, to supporting our finance team with day to day banking.
He is always on the lookout for innovative ways to help our city’s LGBTQ people and keep up to date with trends and news in the community.
We asked Dugan to talk to us about his role with London Friend and what is the change he’d love to see in our community?
Celebrate Dugan's wonderful work here
Week 2: Laura Willoughby MBE
The inspirational entrepreneur and campaigner at heart Laura Willoughby MBE (she/her/hers) gave up drinking 10 years ago and is now raising awareness and promoting mindful drinking.
Laura runs the mindful drinking movement Club Soda, a community of like-minded people on their drinking journey who want to cut down, take a break from alcohol, or stop drinking.
Laura's groundbreaking work is inspired by behavior change science, mindful approaches to life, and changing the narrative around the role of alcohol within our communities. She and her team passionately believe in a world where nobody feels out of place if they’re not drinking alcohol.
When one of their members suggested an alcohol-free LGBTQ+ meet-up under the fabulous Queers Without Beers name, Club Soda's queer offshoot was born. True to Club Soda's ethos for inclusion and equality, Queers Without Beers has quickly become the space to socialise for LGBTQI+ queers of all persuasions that don’t revolve around booze and everyone is welcome.
We asked Laura to talk to us about what inspires her to raise awareness and promote mindful drinking in our LGBTQ+ community and what is the change she’d love to see?
Celebrate Laura's contribution to LGBTQ life in London here
Week 3: Meg-John Barker
Meg-John (they/them/their) has been a volunteer counsellor at London Friend for 4 years between 2014 and 2018.
Meg-John Barker is a queer therapeutic writer and author of Rewriting the Rules and a number of other books about sex, gender, and mental health, as well as Queer: A Graphic History and many other comic books and zines.
Meg-John was an academic psychologist and UKCP accredited therapist for many years before focusing on writing full time. They are an internationally recognised expert on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) and therapy, with numerous academic books and papers on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report.
We asked MJ to talk to us about their 4-year experience with London Friend as a volunteer counsellor and what is the change they’d love to see?
Celebrate Meg-John's contribution to LGBTQ+ life in London and beyond here
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