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Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe on creating ‘safe haven’ with LGBT+ community centre The Outside Project: ‘I wish I had grown up with a refuge I could run to’
supports HTML5 videoEver since Johannes Radebe joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, he has been a firm fan-favourite among viewers, delighting with his extraordinary talent and contagious zest for life.The South African dancer has made history on the programme on several occasions, performing an exquisite same-sex routine with Graziano Di Prima in 2019 before two years later, making it to the final of the competition with Great British Bake Off star John Whaite in the show’s first all-male couple.Johannes feels strongly about supporting other members of the LBGT+ community, with his latest venture seeing him joining forces with to transform LGBTQIA+ community centre The Outside Project in London, one of the first ever charities to place focus on trans and gender non-conforming had the opportunity to sit down with Johannes, 35, at The Outside Project to witness the space’s ‘MADEover’ transformation firsthand, which included incorporating a sensory room, a beautifully-organised bookshelf, a lounge area with a TV, powerful artwork on the wall and a clothes rail full of colourful garments.Johannes spoke about the importance of the project to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are facing issues including homelessness and feeling endangered, while also opening up about his experience growing up gay in South Africa and how a space like The Outside Project could have impacted him.I just feel like we have all experienced rejection, especially as a part of the LGBTQI+ community. When I heard about what MADE wanted to do, I honestly just wanted to jump on board some of their stories, of course I can relate.
Edward Enninful and Alicia Keys win big at British LGBT Awards 2022 with Adele Roberts and Rylan Clark also honoured
LGBT Awards 2022 have honoured an array of influential and inspiring individuals, with people including British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE and singing superstar Alicia Keys among the big winners of the event.Taking place in London tonight, the award ceremony dished out accolades including global media trailblazer, diversity hero, role model of the year and lifetime achievement, with former Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins hosting the star-studded affair at The Brewery.BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts, TV personality Rylan Clark, charity Stonewall, singing icon Lady Gaga and Strictly Come Dancing stars Johannes Radebe and John Whaite were among the honourees.Meanwhile, Alicia – who recently performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert – delivered a special video message when she was awarded the Celebrity Ally of the Year prize at the award ceremony.Enninful, who recently helped break the internet with British Vogue’s stunning cover spread for Beyoncé ahead of her new album release, was dubbed Global Media Trailblazer, an award he was given by model Munroe Bergdorf.In his acceptance speech, he said: ‘I am so honoured to be part of the 2022 LGBT Awards, especially as the UK celebrates 50 years of pride.‘Growing up as a young, Black gay man in West London, I could only have imagined the day when events like this would celebrate people like me, and the other incredible trailblazers recognised tonight.
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here Do you have a story to share?Get in touch by emailing MORE : Anna Richardson: ‘I’ve had my heart broken and my dreams shattered – but I won’t give up on hope or Pride’ MORE : Going to Pride? Here’s how to do two glorious rainbow beauty looks MORE : ‘I’d like to thank those who paved the way for people like me’: Everyday LGBTQ+ healthcare heroes reflect on 50 years of Pride and share their hopes for the future This year marks 50 years of Pride, so it seems only fitting that goes above and beyond in our ongoing LGBTQ+ support, through a wealth of content that not only celebrates all things Pride, but also share stories, take time to reflect and raises awareness for the community this Pride Month.MORE: Find all of's Pride coverage right hereAnd we’ve got some great names on board to help us, too. From a list of famous guest editors taking over the site for a week that includes Rob Rinder, Nicola Adams, Peter Tatchell, Kimberly Hart-Simpson, John Whaite, Anna Richardson and Dr Ranj, we’ll also have the likes Sir Ian McKellen and Drag Race stars The Vivienne, Lawrence Chaney and Tia Kofi offering their insights. During Pride Month, which runs from 1 - 30 June, will also be supporting Kyiv Pride, a Ukrainian charity forced to work harder than ever to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community during times of conflict.
Strictly's John Whaite admits he changed his name after cruel childhood bullying
Steph’s Packed Lunch panel discussed the idea of surnames and Bake-Off star John Whaite admitted that he has previously changed his, alongside co-star Russell Kane.Lewis Hamilton has just announced that he is changing his name to include his mother’s surname, Larbalestier.John told the camera that Lewis has said he “doesn’t understand” why people lose their name when they get married and turned to his co-stars for their thoughts.He began the discussion by admitting that he was born John Cunningham, but changed it to Whaite through high school and college because he wanted to “reinvent himself” by using his mum’s maiden name.Russell Kane began laughing which Steph pointed out and told the audience that “he knows why” it was changed but it “can’t be said on TV”.“Let’s just say, children are very cruel,” said Russell.John then said that he would give a demonstration on Instagram after the show before he admitted that the name change made him feel “like a new man”.Steph then moved on to Russell and checked that he had also previously changed his name.He said that he’s a “second generation name-change family” because his father also took a different one.Steph asked why that was, to which Russell replied that it was the “same reason he dropped his”.The comedian said that it was because his previous last name was “foreign, so people couldn’t pronounce it” and joked that he should “make a Channel 4 documentary about being triggered”.“I should have been celebrating my ethnic identity,” he said, before revealing that the name was easy to pronounce but hard to spell.Kane then said that he “got bored” of having to try and explain himself so he “ended up changing it” but found the rebrand “quite exciting”.The 46-year-old then went on