Our Patrons

Lord Michael Cashman

Baron Michael Cashman is a former actor and now a Labour politician. He was an Member of the European Parliament until he stood down in 2014. On 23rd September 2014 it was announced that Michael would be the Labour Party's special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide. Lord Cashman rose to fame in the soap opera Eastenders playing the openly gay character Colin Russell, a character remembered for having the first gay kiss in a British soap opera. He is also a funding member of LGBT rights charity Stonewall, and also the treasurer of Equity. In the 2013 New Year Honours, Lord Cashman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his public and political service.

Clare Summerskill

Clare is a British comedienne and was decribed by BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour as "A Lesbian Victoria Wood". She performs original comedy songs and stand-up to mainly LGBT audiences across the country. She brings "Dyke" humour to the forefront of alternative comedy. Clare tours her one-woman show to theatres around the country every couple of years and has appeared on many occasions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Clare has written a number of books including "We're the Girls" a collection of comedy monologues, short stories and song lyrics.

Lord Waheed Alli

Lord Alli is a British entrepreneur and politician. He was co-founder of Planet 24, a TV production company and also managing director at Carlton Television Productions. He is a Labour life peer and is described as one of only a few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world. When being made a life peer in 1998 he was the youngest and first openly gay peer in Parliament. He spearheaded the campaign to repeal Section 28, and also advocated lowering the age of consent from 18 to 16. In 2009 Lord Alli helped repeal clauses in the Civil Partnership Act 2004 which prohibited religious institutions from conducting the ceremonies on their premises. He is Chancellor of De Montfort University in Leicester, and also Patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Sir Ian McKellan

Ian McKellan was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality in the New Years Honours of 2008. He is known to most via his many characters played in Hollywood blockbuster films, such as Magneto in the X-Men films, and Gandalf in The Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit trilogies. Although "out" to fellow actors and family Ian didn't publicly come out until a BBC interview in 1988, while fighting to stop Section 28. He has continued to be very active in LGBT rights efforts. He is a co-founder of Stonewall, and a patron of LGBT History Month. Sir Ian joined Oxford Pride as a Patron in 2006, stating: "I send my love to all members of Oxford Pride, their sponsors and supporters, of which I am proud to be one. Onlookers can be impressed by our confidence and determination to be ourselves and gay people, of whatever age can be comforted by the occasion to take the first steps towards coming out and leaving the closet forever behind." BBC Oxfordshire

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell is an Australian born British political campaigner best known for his LGBT social movements. A member of the Green Party, Peter has strong links with Oxford, and has been a patron of Oxford Pride from year one. He was the Green Party's prospective Parliamentary candidate from Oxford East. Peter has campaigned for age of consent laws, marriage equality, and LGBT rights world wide. He has twice attempted a civil arrest of Robert Mugabe due to the stance of the leader's opposition to LGBT rights and denunciation of homosexuality in Zimbabwe. He is the Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation which "seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law".

Angela Eagle MP

Angela is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Wallasey since 1992. She was elected to the Shadow Cabinet in October 2010 and was appointed to be Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In 2011 she became Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. In 2015 Angela stood in the Labour Party deputy leadership election. (Results not announced at time of writing). Eagle is an openly lesbian MP coming out in September 1997 in an interview with The Observer. She was ranked in the top 50 on The Independent's "Pink List" of the 101 most influential gay men and women in Britain in 2009.