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Entertainment News: News

Mon 16 Aug, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Young people involved with Stonewall tell us that role models help them overcome the homophobic bullying that’s rife in Britain’s schools.

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Eight years after he won Pop Idol, Will Young has been voted the number one British role model in pop for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Voters in Stonewall’s multiple-choice social media poll were asked which British music personality is the best role model for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The results were:

Will Young 58%
Alison Goldfrapp 15%
Kele Okereke 12%
Joe McElderry 10%
Lady Sovereign 5%

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Young people involved with Stonewall tell us that role models help them overcome the homophobic bullying that’s rife in Britain’s schools. Pop culture is hugely influential to young people so it’s encouraging to see more openly lesbian, gay and bisexual British pop stars.

Joe McElderry is already recognised as a role model so the scene is now set for him to become every bit as popular with young gay people as Will Young.’

 

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