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Meet our new editor, award-winning broadcaster and journalist Andy West

“I look forward to supporting and curating a site which adds a distinctive and brave voice to the LGBT+ landscape.”

We are delighted to announce that our brand new editor is the award-winning broadcaster and journalist Andy West. He joins the team with an impressive list of credentials, having presented television and radio news for the BBC and written countless print and online articles for The Independent, The Gay Times, Grazia, The Daily Mail, The Sun and more.

The first openly gay BBC TV news presenter in Northern Ireland, West is a voice of principle in modern media and has covered many issues regarding LGBT+ life. In 2016, he left the BBC after stating that he felt “ashamed” of the corporation when the controversial boxer Tyson Fury was nominated for a BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Award. 

Since leaving the BBC, Andy has become a prominent voice in the LGBT media world, making regular appearances on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5live and Talk Radio as well as appearing on sexual health programming on Channel 5 and hosting the spoken word event at Gay Pride 2017.

Never afraid of engaging with popular culture, Andy appeared on Big Brother in 2016, where he became the first gay man to get engaged on the cult programme. During his time in “the house” he won acclaim and great popularity for speaking openly about his sexuality and challenging many people’s expectations of gay men in popular TV programming.

Andy says, “I am honoured to be offered such an exciting role at Out News Global.

“We need more LGBT+ voices in the media generally, but also within LGBT+ media itself. 

“In a world where we can all express our views on social media, it can be easy for discussion around important and sensitive issues to become polarised. LGBT+ news sites and magazines have huge influence over the nature of debate in the UK and beyond and that’s led to a revolution in the way we express what we think and who we are; but with that new influence comes editorial responsibility. 

“We don’t always hear from those who feel afraid to speak their minds so I hope to give more people a voice and to counter a current trend towards vilifying those who might not agree with the accepted status quo. 

“As a journalist I’ve learned personally and professionally that the strongest, most robust opinions are those which have been tested and challenged. 

“I look forward to supporting and curating a site which adds a distinctive and brave voice to the LGBT+ landscape.”

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