outnorthwest issue 108

International Women's Day, TV's Doctor Christian Jessen and some sad news about our great friend Roger Crouch.

This issue of ONW is tinged with a great deal of sadness. Not long after our last issue went to press we learnt of the sad passing of our friend Roger Crouch.

Roger campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of homophobic bullying in schools when  his son Dominic (15) took his life in 2010 after rumours circulated at school that he was gay.

Almost a year ago, Roger contacted the LGF to lend his support to our anti-homophobia work; and myself and my colleague Jo Dunning went to visit Roger in Cheltenham. Roger kindly allowed us to film an interview with him, which you can view on YouTube - just search for ‘A Father’s Story’.

Jo and I spent the best part of the day with Roger, who took us for lunch and talked with such great affection and sadness about his son. As we left Roger, we were deeply affected by his story, and it’s fair to say that his determination strengthened our resolve to push forward with the Safer Schools Pack.

Roger will be greatly missed by many, not least his wife and daughter. Our thoughts are with them, and we give them our assurance that Roger’s legacy will live on through the Enough Is Enough campaign and the Safer Schools Packs. Please turn to page 6 for more information.

This issue Paul Fairweather writes his final opinon column for ONW. Paul has been with us since the very beginning back in the Spring of 2000.

I want to personally thank Paul for his invaluable contributions to ONW over the years, it won’t be quite the same without him. I’m happy to say that Paul will still be contributing from time to time with features and interviews.

As we say goodbye to Paul, we also say hello to a brand new regular contributor to ONW, Jake Arturio Braden. Jake, who is an acredited NLP practioner (and an inspiring individual in his own right) will be offering invaluable advice on ensuring we are confident and value ourselves. Turn to page 35 for Jake’s first column.

We’ll be back at the end of March. See you then!

Thank you again for your continued support of outnorthwest and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

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