We make Camden Proud stories
Ramses is an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Alternative Care Services, the UK’s first LGBT+ focused care provider. He is a passionate campaigner for LGBT+ rights and a transgender black man who has worked alongside a number of charities.
“As a black person one of the ways I campaign for LGBT+ equality is by being really visible, particularly in the BAME community. There’s still a lot of stigma and prejudice so it’s important for me to be open and present so that people see it’s ok to be themselves."
Olly is a Smarter Working Change Lead at Camden Council and plays with the world's first gay inclusive rugby club
“Camden is the birthplace of a whole global movement in rugby. The world’s first gay inclusive rugby club was established here – and next year we celebrate our 25th anniversary.
"The club was formed in a gay bar just a stone’s throw away from Camden Council's offices in Pancras Square. They’re called the King’s Cross Steelers RFC – a cross between the location and the founder’s favourite NFL teams."
Helen is a Senior SEND Adviser at Camden Council
"I moved to Camden in 2015 to my dream job – not just to be doing what I love, but because I could tell from the outset with flexible part time working I could marry parenthood and working perfectly.
"Being one of two mums (I'm Mama and my wife is Mummy) has been fully embraced here, and I am happily convinced that I have received exactly the same treatment as everyone else – as diversity is embraced here."
Chris Ludlow, Josh Abel and Daxter at Primrose Gardens
Josh’s work is being featured in this year’s Open Open exhibition at Swiss Cottage Gallery - he lives in Belsize Park with his partner Chris
“My partner and I have lived in Belsize Park for nearly four years. Before that we lived in all sorts of places: from Brentwood and Hull to Australia. We’ve had an amazing time moving around together, meeting new people and experiencing new things."
Jim MacSweeney is the manager at Gay’s the Word, Marchmont Street – the oldest LGBT bookshop in the UK.
"Gay’s the Word was founded in 1979 by Ernest Hole. Ernest was in New York in 1969 and went to the first Gay Liberation Front meeting after the Stonewall Riots.
"Inspired by the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore he was determined to open one like it in London. This year is the shop’s 40 year anniversary and I’ve been working here for 30 of those."
David is Acting Executive Director of Supporting Communities at Camden Council
"It is over 20 years since I started my career and I remember a member of my family advising me ‘whatever you do, don’t tell anyone you are gay because it will be the end of your career prospects’.
"Fast forward 20 years and I marvel at the way that many organisations are waking up to the fact that being an LGBT friendly employer is not only the right thing to do but it also an important prerequisite for many people (gay or straight) as to whether they are the sort of employer that they would be prepared to work for."