London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and has a huge LGBT community. In 2017, London’s Pride event saw over 25,000 people gather for the annual celebration the largest amount of people in the event’s 45-year history. The city was awash with the LGBT rainbow flag which saw politicians and celebrities supporting the event.
Here at the Champions Speakers agency, we have a whole host of excellent LGBT speakers who can add a boost to any event. With plenty of fascinating anecdotes about their life, here is just a selection of the remarkable LGBT speakers we can offer:
Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney made global news when she announced in 2014 that she would undergo gender reassignment. Having worked with some of the UK’s biggest boxers throughout her career, Kellie can discuss a wide range of topics at her speaking events including sports, politics and diversity.
The first openly gay rugby player, Gareth Thomas is a former Wales international who made 100 appearances for his country. Throughout his 16-year sporting career Gareth played at the highest level of domestic and international rugby before coming out in 2009. Since then, he has become a popular television personality appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and The Jump.
In 2015, Keegan Hirst became one of rugby league’s first openly gay players and the Wakefield Trinity star has had a fascinating career. Starting out at Hunslet Hawks in 2008, to date he has made over 200 career appearances. Having also featured on the likes of First Dates he is able to discuss how he has coped with his sexuality as a professional rugby player during his speaking events.
Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE
Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE is one of Great Britain’s history making hockey players who won a gold medal during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Playing alongside her wife, Helen Richardson, Kate and her team captured the nation’s imagination when they defeated Netherlands in the 2016 Olympic final.
Clare Balding OBE
One of the UK’s best loved sport broadcasters, Clare Balding OBE has worked at some of the world’s biggest sporting events including the Olympics, the Grand National and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Clare also writes several sports columns in the likes of the Sunday Telegraph and Racing Post offering her insights into the sporting world, something she can also do as an after dinner speaker.
Nicola Adams OBE
The first openly LGBT boxer to win an Olympic gold, Nicola Adams OBE shot to fame in 2012 when she triumphed at the London Olympics. At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro she became the first ever female boxer to successfully defend her Olympic title and the first British fighter to do so in 92 years. In 2017 Nicola turned professional and to date has won all three of her bouts.
One of the most successful female tennis players of all time, Martina Navratilova has won all four of tennis’ Grand Slams on numerous occasions. Most notably she has won Wimbledon on nine occasions, more than any other female player. At her speaking events she can discus sexuality, sport and politics giving her fascinating insight into these topics.
Sue Perkins is best known as one half of the television double act ‘Mel and Sue’ and has presented some of the UK’s most popular prime time television shows during her career. In 2010 she can began presenting The Great British Bake Off which has since gone on to become one of the country’s most popular TV programmes.
A TV presenter and fashion expert, Gok Wan has spent years giving the nation style tips. Throughout his career, Gok has seen his work published in some of the world’s biggest magazines including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour. As well as this he has hosted his own shows such as Gok’s Fashion Fix, How to Look Good Naked and Gok’s Clothes Roadshow.
A former professional swimmer who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships, Mark Foster has become a household name in the UK. Winning gold medals in the Commonwealth Games and World Championships, Mark has also become a popular television personality. He can regularly be found on BBC Sport’s swimming coverage giving his expert insight into the biggest competitions.
All of our LGBT+ speakers are able to demonstrate their excellent keynote speaking ability at every event or conference they attend. For more information get in touch with Champions Speakers by calling 0207 1010 553 or by filling in our online contact form.