Beth Ditto

“If people don’t accept you, don’t change. If you’re being bullied, stay strong.  If someone tries to beat you up, pick up a brick.”

How should gay people deal with a society that doesn’t understand them?

Being different is good; I’m different.  Just because you’re different it doesn’t mean you can’t be what you want to be. Look at me; I’m fat but I’m sexy.

Whatever you are, no matter how different you are, you can achieve things if you believe in yourself – because then others will believe in you too. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay. In fact I love being gay; I say out loud to myself, at least once a week, ‘Thank God I’m gay!’

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That’s why you shouldn’t worry about coming out. I remember being very scared about doing it but it turned out to be a very nice experience.  It always felt that hell was right beneath my feet and that I could slip and fall down at any time, but I didn’t.

I carefully chose the right people to tell, people who I knew wouldn’t judge me.  My mum was one of these. Then I used my gaydar to hunt down other queers so that I had friends I felt at ease with.

Just by doing this and being myself I changed my family’s views about gay people. Particularly my relatives in Arkansas – my aunts and uncles have really come around about it. Surprisingly, it’s sometimes the older people that are more open.

If people don’t accept you for who you are, don’t change.  If you’re being bullied, stay strong.  Look for support in people and your surroundings.  And if someone tries to beat you up, pick up a brick.


About Beth:

Beth Ditto fronts rock band The Gossip, who shot to fame in the UK with the hit single Standing in the Way of Control - a song about the US Government’s attempt to block the right to gay marriage.

Rock music publication NME labelled Ditto the coolest person of 2006 and has since nominated her as 2007’s Sexiest Woman.  In 2008 she was voted International Artist of the year by Glamour magazine. In 2009, she was featured in London as the cover model for the premiere of Love magazine, with prominent public advertising.

Her recent fashion collection for the UK retailer Evans was sold online in select stores across the UK, and her most recent modeling work consisted of opening the Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.


Why she's your homo hero?

Beth has made it on to the list because while she might be famous, people recognise that she has had her struggles too… Beth Ditto kindly agreed to be interviewed for the LGF's Aim High Guide - an inspirational resource for young LGBTs - which highlights that sexuality is not a barrier to success.  She told Aim High about learning to love herself as a lesbian...

"I say out loud to myself, at least once a week, ‘Thank God I’m gay!’ That’s why you shouldn’t worry about coming out. I remember being very scared about doing it but it turned out to be a very nice experience.

It always felt that hell was right beneath my feet and that I could slip and fall down at any time, but I didn’t. I carefully chose the right people to tell, people who I knew wouldn’t judge me. My mum was one of these. Then I used my gaydar to hunt down other queers so that I had friends I felt at ease with.

Just by doing this and being myself I changed my family’s views about gay people. Particularly my relatives in Arkansas – my aunts and uncles have really come around about it.”

"Beth Ditto because she ticks boxes on so many levels; a strong woman who is not afraid to be who she is; one in the eye for the horrifically damaging body fascists preaching to young girls a frightening size zero ideal of female beauty; a rock chick and a lesbian poster girl." Annie

“She’s a young, feisty woman celebrating her sexuality and body image.” Rachel

“On every front she is a pioneer, she takes no prisoners and expects people to take her as she is. She proves that size or sexuality doesn't have to be an obstacle, and that we are all free to be who we want to be” Lois Fitzpatrick

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Beth appears in our inspirational Aim High booklet, along with 19 other people at the top of their respective fields, showing sexuality should not get in the way of success.