Steve is an LGBTI activist, Pride leader, and writer.
– Board Member, European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA)
– Board Member, Communications, InterPride
– Deputy Director, Pride in London
– Patron, Isle of Wight Pride
– Co-Founder, UK Pride Organisers Network
– Nominee, ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life’, British LGBT Awards 2018
In early 2013, he joined the new Pride in London organisation, volunteering year-round in various roles in their communications and operations teams. Most recently he was Deputy Director of Community Engagement until he stood down in August 2017.
In 2015, with Pride in London’s support, he developed the idea of a national network of Pride organisers in the UK. This developed into the UK Pride Organisers Network which launched in October 2016 and now brings together the organisers of more than 140 Pride events across the country, and launched the UK Pride initiative to huge success. Steve was founding Co-Chair until he stood down in October 2017.
He is an elected board member of the European Pride Organisers Association. He is a patron of Isle of Wight Pride and also served for a time as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee of InterPride. He was a judge on the Event Production Awards, and was Communications Director for ILGA-Europe until March 2018.
Steve has visited Prides and Pride organisations across Britain, and in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. He visited EuroPride in London in 2006, Riga in 2015, Amsterdam in 2016, and WorldPride in Madrid in 2017.
He organised the first worldwide protest against the persecution of perceived gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, in London in April 2017. This led to similar protests in Europe and further afield and increased media focus on human rights abuses in the region.
Aside from LGBTI issues, from 2014-2017 Steve was Communications Manager at Changing Faces, the sole UK charity supporting and advocating for people who have a disfigurement. He led development of the first Face Equality Day, and researched and wrote Disfigurement in the UK, the first comprehensive study into the lived experience of those who have a disfigurement. He’s an ‘ex-offender’ and his own experiences of the criminal justice system led him to work in a number of human rights and social justice organisations. He believes, as some don’t, that human rights are indivisible.
Steve is a frequent commentator in the media on LGBTI human rights and Pride issues. He writes most often for Huffington Post, generally on Pride and human rights. He’s appeared on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News, in most UK national newspapers, and after his 2006 appearance on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, was described by Melanie Phillips as ‘an apologist for Stalin’, an allegation he denies.
Born and raised near Bradford, Yorkshire, Steve lived in Jersey, Southampton, Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cornwall, and studied in London and Birmingham. He lives in Camden, London with his partner Kieron and their dog, Daniel the Spaniel. He’s obsessive of all things Danish and hence his ‘Danophile’ Twitter name.
Photo: Pride in London Flagbearers leading the Parade in 2015. Steve developed this idea as a show of solidarity with LGBTI people worldwide. Photographer Matias Altbach.