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Diversity Role Models Carnival 2013

A star-studded event in Londontown, tackling homophobia through education

As we get *whisper it* older, it’s easy for time to dampen the trauma many of us endured during our formative years. While life continues to ‘get better’ for us grown-ups (now with the added pastime of browsing centerpieces during lunch), homophobic bullying remains a scourge on the face of Britain’s schools. Thankfully, groups like Diversity Role Models are making huge strides towards improving the lot of our LGBT youth, and Thursday 24 October sees the return of the organisation’s glittering fundraising carnival at Café de Paris in London.

Diversity Role Models – whose patrons include Clare Balding, Gareth Thomas and Charlie Condou – helps to challenge homophobic bullying in the classroom by providing vital inspiration and support to LGBT adolescents and an eye-opening experience for their classmates. We all know that people are far more likely to show acceptance if they know someone who’s gay, and Diversity Role Models puts this conventional wisdom into practice, sending gay role models into schools to put on workshops, answer questions and show that, yes, we’re just as "normal" as everyone else. Whatever that is!

This is a fundraising carnival, so dress to party and relish a host of acts including Jimmy Somerville and The Globe Girls. As well as having a right old knees-up, you can help do your bit for the next generation of gays and bid on some of the really quite fabulous prizes on offer at the live and silent auctions. Hosted by Christopher Biggins, you can win yourself anything from a shirt signed by our secret crush Andy Murray to a three-night stay in Sweden’s legendary Ice Hotel (hands off – we’ve got our eye on this one).

Last year’s Diversity Role Models Carnival raised a staggering £76,000 for the charity, in what is definitely the most enjoyable way to support the community. With two thirds suffering verbal and physical harassment at school, LGBT youth are still six times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts. In an age of same-sex marriage, bullying is now one of the final frontiers for gay equality – and it’s for that reason we’ll see you there on Thursday.

The Diversity Role Models Carnival 2013 – Thursday 24 October, 7pm at Café de Paris, London.

Get your tickets now here. For more information about Diversity Role Models, visit Diversity Role Models.

Words: Will Stroude (@willstroude)

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