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Anti-bullying charity’s 2nd annual fundraiser at the Café de Paris on Thursday 24 October

Jimmy Somerville confirmed as headline act 

Diversity Role Models’ fundraising carnival, sponsored by BNP Paribas, will be returning for its second year on Thursday 24 October.  Taking place at the Café de Paris, with a spectacular line-up of prizes, acts and entertainment in store, it’s set to be even better than last year’s event, when celebrity guests and performers such as Alison Moyet, Sue Perkins and Boy George mingled with the guests to raise £76,000 for the charity.  And with Amy Lamé hosting, it’s sure to be a riot!

This year, those lucky enough to attend will enjoy a host of acts, the most notable of which are Jimmy ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ Somerville, who will be singing his greatest hits to an appreciative crowd, and the fabulous Globe Girls, who have previously wowed the likes of Elton John and Naomi Campbell with their sophisticated take on drag complete with extravagant wigs, handmade costumes and killer heels!

Returning this year in his role as auctioneer extraordinaire, Christopher Biggins will be putting a fabulous range of prizes under the hammer:

  • Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo’s Bocca di Lupo is the setting for one of the prizes, where 20 guests will enjoy an array of delectable Italian small plates and wines while catching up with none other than guest speaker, Gareth Thomas. 
  • Dinner at Heston Blumenthal will also be playing host to two lucky Carnival guests who will be dining on the chef’s typically quirky creations (meat fruit anyone?) matched with wine.
  • Swedish Lapland is the backdrop for another of the spectacular prizes which will see two guests staying in the lap (no pun intended) of luxury at the legendary Ice Hotel for three nights, one of which will be in one of the famous ice rooms wrapped in fur blankets. The all-inclusive trip will also feature a magical tour of the Northern Lights by snowmobile.
  • For those who prefer sunnier climes, there’s a long weekend to be won at a private residence in the South of France. Featured in the top magazines such as Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller and Tatler, La Fraissinède, is an exceptional country retreat set in 120 acres of spectacular grounds in the French Languedoc. With only six bedrooms in the entire property, this is the ultimate prize for anyone in need of some R&R.
  • Art aficionados are also in for a treat. There’s an original black and white lithograph of Picasso’s ‘Eveil’, one of a series created to accompany poems by Sappho, while the world-renowned artist, Andrew Salgado will be creating a bespoke piece for the night. Maggi Hambling has also offered up her talents for the cause and will be donating a piece from her collection.
  • Olympic fever may have died down now, but we’ve got the perfect boost in the form of a bona fide Olympic Torch donated by British rower and 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Katherine Grainger. And for those needing a reminder of Murray’s Wimbledon win, there’s also a signed t-shirt from the man himself. Prefer watching the tennis to collecting memorabilia? How about a private box for 14 people to watch the ATP tournament?
  • Clare Balding is also getting in on the act with two tickets to her live show followed by a trip to the green room to catch up with her and other celebrity guests.

Leading vodka brand, Grey Goose are in charge of drinks, so expect some extremely well-crafted cocktails to be flowing all night, while a vast selection of canapés and bowl food will be on offer to soak them up!

All proceeds of the night will go towards ensuring Diversity Role Models can deliver their programme to as many young people as possible and work towards a world in which homophobic bullying is a thing of the past.

Tickets are already selling very fast so don’t delay. To book ticket for this year’s event go to http://www.diversityrolemodels.org/the-diversity-role-models-carnival-2013.aspx.  It’s sure to be a night to remember.


Notes to Editors

LGBT students are three times more likely to attempt suicide. Seven out of ten lesbian and gay young people say homophobic bullying affects their school work and many have skipped school because of it. One in six has been subjected to death threats, and 52% have heard homophobic comments from teachers and school staff.

Diversity Role Models (“DRM”)

Since its formal launch in the House of Commons in November 2011, DRM has become one of the UK’s most important anti-bullying charities. DRM has already delivered over 265 pro-diversity workshops to over 5,000 pupils using 74 trained role models, communicating directly with students of all ages, using positive role models to counter negative stereotypes based on sexuality.  Of these 5,000 pupils, 92% indicated that they would treat a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) person better after the workshop, while 90% indicated that they would use the word ‘gay’ as a derogatory term less in the future. In addition, after the workshops, only 1% said they would stop being friends with someone who told them they were compared to 15% before the workshops started.

Please see some footage showing our work and our Role Models via the following links:

Or please visit www.diversityrolemodels.org and our Diversity Role Models Facebook page.

FOR MORE INFO, contact Navah Bekhor: navah@diversityrolemodels.org



Diversity Role Model Fundraiser hosted by Girl Action sponsored by Gaydar Girls and g3 Magazine.

Saturday 3rd March 2012 9pm – 2.30am

Venue: Centro Club: 18 West Central Street, London WC1A 1JJ

The Girl Action team are thrilled to welcome you to the biggest show the lesbian London scene has seen for years as they host one almighty fundraiser for the Diversity Role Models Charity helping their essential work to prevent sexuality/gender based bulling in schools by educating all students about diversity.


Sponsored by Gaydar Girls and g3 magazine - ensuring a top class production whilst supporting a great cause you will be entertained by our gorgeous, sizzling stunt and dance troop ’GirlsRoc’ think Coyote Ugly empowerment, mixed with Pussy Cat Doll perfection, add fire to heat things up, then a splash of champagne for an extravagant edge – and voilá you have the GirlsRoc cocktail – an exceptional show of highly skilled acrobats and aerial performances will blow your mind.


For those looking for a more refined experience of the night and prefer a more sophisticated atmosphere whilst others party hard downstairs we have opened the Balcony bar for our MINT members, with ample seating and your own VIP bar overlooking the main dance area.


Showcasing the cream of the female DJ talent including Yvette Lindquist, MoniCa Dee, DJ Kacey, Miss Cupcake and special guest DJ from ‘Good Girls Gone Bad Dj Sipz C hitting the decks at the Centro club with its turbo-charged sound system, state of the art light and visuals – creating a more incredible clubbing experience, attitude free and a fun night out for everyone.


With all profits being donated to the Diversity Role Models, bring your girlfriends, mates, lovers and gay guys as we welcome you to a new LA inspired sensational clubbing experience.


Limited Early Bird tickets at just £5! Buy yours now from the link below before they sell out!




About the Charity.

Diversity Role Models work to prevent homophobic and gender based bullying in schools by educating all students about diversity. They use positive role models – gay, straight and transgender – to help LGB and T students feel confident and to ensure their classmates understand, accept and welcome the differences they notice in others.






The BNP Paribas Pride Network hosted a fundraising Winter Party on 14 December for the newly-launched Diversity Role Models – a campaigning organisation that aims to tackle homophobia through education. The event took place at 5 Aldermanbury Square Offices on the 17th Floor. 


The event was attended by a large number of members of the group’s LGBT network and supporters of equality. BNP Paribas were delighted to be able to give support to Diversity Role Models as well as raise awareness for Gendered Intelligence – an arts-based programme to foster understanding of gender identity. 

Guests were charmed by the captivating Drew, one of the stars from the recent series on Channel Four 'My Transsexual Summer'.  Pippa Dale and Vinay Kapoor, the Network's co-chairs, both agreed 'hosting this event demonstrated BNP Paribas's commitment to diversity and continued support in helping worthwhile charities'."


The event itself was attended by well over 150 people and we had representatives from CIB, BP2S, Real Estate, a number of the other banks, law firms as well as our sponsored charities.  We were delighted to raise over £1,500 for Diversity Role Models, as well as a smaller figure for Gendered Intelligence.