Insider Goss: Philip C Baldwin’s Charity Dinner
At Live Like a VIP, we want to lift the lid on what it’s really like to be a star and host star-studded parties with lots of celeb mates.
And so we have an exclusive today as the philanthropist and gay rights activist Philip C Baldwin has done a guest blog post for us about his celebrity party and dinner to mark LGBT history month. We love it when there’s a really good reason for a party and it seems the celebs do too as lots turned out to support him.
Let’s pass over to the man himself – Philip C Baldwin – to explain what went on:
Last Tuesday, on 21 February 2017, I hosted an event to celebrate LGBT History Month. The dinner was in association with Gay Times, at London restaurant Smith & Wollensky. It was attended by a range of celebrities, politicians and activists.
I am very lucky to have incredible support for my activism. Vogue Williams, Lauren Pope, Imogen Thomas, Gemma Oaten, Jane Felstead, Jane Witherspoon and Abi Clarke all attended the event and looked fabulous!
Ollie Locke, Jamie O’Hara and Dr Ranj Singh were also at the dinner.
LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of LGBT history, which takes place in February. LGBT History Month is about re-evaluating the contribution of LGBT people to history, better understanding LGBT identity and looking to the future. The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is citizenship and law, with a particular focus on the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised gay men in England and Wales. It is now 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act. In 2017, the UK is one of the most LGBT friendly places in the world.
I hosted the dinner because I wanted to commemorate this landmark anniversary and also to highlight some of the areas where we still need to achieve change for LGBT people in the UK, such as in our schools. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to make schools LGBT inclusive.
Crispin Blunt MP, who has been very supportive of my activism, was seated near my friends Tim Sigsworth and Paul Dillane, who head the Albert Kennedy Trust and the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group. The AKT help young LGBT homeless people and UKLGIG campaign for LGBT refugees. The work these charities do exemplify why LGBT History Month is so important.
Sadly, there remain many LGBT people who are excluded in our society. A quarter of young homeless people are LGBT and LGBT refugees face particular persecution. I was really pleased that both Tim and Paul were at the event. We need to work for a society which is inclusive for every LGBT person! Celebrate #LGBTHM17, all that the LGBT community has achieved since 1967 and think about what YOU can do to make our society a fairer place for LGBT people!