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Atlantic Tempest

GT partners “world first” live stream

We’re delighted to announce that our  flagship magazine GT (Gay Times), as of June 2015,  will become media partners with rowing team Atlantic Tempest, who this December set off from The Canary Islands for a grueling 3000 mile row to Antigua across the Atlantic taking part in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge – ‘The World’s Toughest Row’

The ultimate test of mental and physical endurance it will see Nick and Tom
cross the Atlantic powered only by themselves, burning over 10,000 calories
each every day and requiring over 1 million strokes whilst at sea for
between 50 to 90 days. and all in a boat measuring just 9m long and 1.6m

In a world first they will be broadcasting live from their self powered
Atlantic row, inviting the world to jump aboard with them and find out
exactly what an adventure on the Atlantic feels like, sharing their highs,
lows and progress across the Atlantic in real time and with no holds barred.

GT through its magazine and unprecedented online audience reach, will help
Atlantic Tempest with campaign awareness and fundraising initiatives for the
charities they are supporting over the next year, mainly through editorial,
advertising, digital marketing and in-magazine support.
Tom Parker of Atlantic Tempest said “We are delighted to have GT on board,
their support and global audience will be great for us going forward as we
move to race day. With full access to the Atlantic Tempest team, they have
some exciting plans for our partnership and a special photoshoot lined up
for readers later in the year. their readers will really get to know us very
well indeed!”

Ben Gardner MPG Commercial Director commented “We are honoured to have
secured the opportunity to be media partners for the Atlantic Tempest Team.
Their drive and passion not only to complete this challenge but also make a
significant contribution to their chosen charities is inspiring and
exemplary. The fact that this is a “world first” to have live streaming,
enabling our global audience to follow them every step of the way made it a
compelling partnership we could not miss out on.” 

Darren Scott Editor of Gay Times (GT) added “How could we refuse two
handsome men, all alone in the ocean? And naked, no less! Well, it would be
rude not to lend a hand… It’s great to be able to support Nick and Tom on
their journey, and to be able to help bring that journey to such a large
audience, who will hopefully dig deep for Sussex Beacon, Barnardos and Grand
Appeal. I’m glad that Gay Times can play a part.”

Visit their website www.atlantic-tempest.com where you will find out more
about Tom, Nick and their team as well as about the race and their
charitable causes. You will also find them on Facebook and Twitter

Atlantic Tempest

MPG announces new ownership and direction

In its 40th year MPG, Britain’s biggest LGBT business whose activities include: Gay Times (GT); DIVA; Prowler Stores; Prowler Distribution and Expectations, is delighted to announce exciting major changes and plans for future growth.

Chris Graham-Bell, previously the Chairman of the MPG Board, has now retired from the company he founded 40 years ago. At the same time all shareholdings in MPG have been sold and a new holding company has been formed. This company now incorporates some of the previous minority shareholdings together with two major shareholders Simon Topham, current CEO and a new investor, James Frost CEO of Coast Digital.

In the past 3 years Simon Topham has led the company in a process of restructuring and transition which has restored the company to profitability. He will remain CEO and lead the Executive Director team, which includes Kim Watson F IDM, Media and Marketing Director, Robert Hanwell, Operations Director and Anthony Martin, Finance Director.

James Frost who joins MPG as Strategy Director brings with him a proven record in online and digital business and together with Coast’s digital expertise MPG is set to benefit from working very closely on plans to greatly expand its digital media and online retail businesses.

As well as developing online and media brands, MPG will continue to invest in their flagship retail stores Prowler (in London and Brighton) and Expectations, including in 2015 a much expanded Mister B store.

There will also be ongoing investment in new products by Prowler Distribution.

MPG will remain a community focused operation, but as a revitalised digital company, will build on its wealth of talent and experience of LGBT business. Plans have already begun to invest and develop its market leading brands to continue the growth of its international business interests.

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Photo by DIVA Assistant Editor Carrie Lyell

Millivres Prowler media brands join OU in sponsoring Diversity Awards event

OU to serve as an award sponsor for third consecutive year at The National Diversity Awards

Joining prestigious companies such as Sky, Transport for London and the Financial Ombudsman Service as sponsors of this year’s Positive Role Model awards, The Open University has reinforced its ongoing support by sponsoring the LGBT category.The prestigious black tie event, in association with Microsoft, showcases the work of those who have demonstrated their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, inclusion and diversity in today’s society.Rated by its students in 2012 as one of the top five  universities in the UK for satisfaction, The Open University has taught more than 1.8 million students since it was established in 1969 and continues to promote social justice and opportunities for all.

Tony O’Shea-Poon (Pictured) Head of Equality, Diversity and Information Rights at The Open University said: ‘We’re delighted to continue our association with the Diversity Group and the National Diversity Awards as it enters its third year.’

Tony O'Shea-Poon

‘One of the areas where the awards excel is their ability to bring people and organisations with different objectives and focuses together, recognising our unique differences and, even more importantly, our common desire to achieve universal human rights and dignity for all.’ ‘It is always a great privilege and a humbling experience to be amongst ordinary people who are achieving extraordinary results through their dedication and passion for social justice, equality and inclusion. These are values that are central to our mission at The Open University which makes our continued involvement with the National Diversity Awards an easy choice.’

Paul Sesay, founder of the National Diversity Awards added, ‘Tony and his team work extremely hard to promote inclusion throughout their organisation. Their values and their passion embody everything which The National Diversity Awards stands for, and we’re honoured The Open University have committed to supporting the awards until at least 2016′.

The National Diversity Awards has previously received backing from celebrities including Stephen Fry, who hailed the event as “valuable” and said, “I am sure The National Diversity Awards will have nothing but a positive outcome for years to come”.

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell recently commented, “The National Diversity Awards are a wonderful celebration of the amazing individuals and organisations challenging prejudice and promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion. I’m proud to be a supporter.”

Nominations for The National Diversity Awards are now open and close on 18th July 2014.

For more information please visit: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

MPG highly recognised in Inde Pink List 2013

It has been a great year for MPG in the 2013 Independent on Sunday’s Pink List published 13 October 2013, honoring the most influential LGBT men and women of the year.

Simon Topham CEO, was credited as a new entry in 39th place, one of the highest places for a business person and well deserved after 20 years of effective top level management, of this business and the changes he has made to culture and direction of the company in his new role.

In response to the news Simon remarked, “ I am absolutely delighted to be recognized in such an important year for LGBT rights and the gay business community.”

Pink List winner Paris Lees writes for DIVA, Gay Times and launched META as a digital magazine with joint backing from MPG last year. High praise as Peter Tatchell, Human Rights activist was placed second with Clare Balding OBE.

Jane Cyzselska Editor of DIVA is a re-entry after two years judging the list at number 33, the highest placed LGBT magazine editor. As well as Paris, comedian and DIVA contributor Susan Calman was also honored at number 70.

Darren Scott GT Editor was also a new entry, after appearing on the journalist side bar last year, at 98th place. Former GT journalists Patrick Strudwick and Tris Reid-Smith were also honored and Paul Burston featured in the National Treasures list.

Kim Watson Media Director, joined the IoS editorial team on the panel of judges for the first time, along with Strategic Equality and Inclusion professional Christine Burns . Their influence made a difference to the variety, diversity and inclusiveness of this list, which saw a greater balance of gender, ethnicity, disability trans and bisexuality. 2013 featured many new faces as MPs and well known celebrities were given their own side bar tributes, thus a rise in recognition of some important organizations, campaigners and community groups is noticeable. (Ben Summerskill and Heather Peace sent their nominations via e-mail as they were unable to attend this panel session). There was also a section for newcomers to watch out for and top Internationals were also credited.
See the full list here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/the-independent-on-sundays-pink-list-2013-8876183.html IoS Pink List 2013