Rainbow List honour for actor and charity’s boss

Alex Feis-Bryce with Lisa Markwell, editor of the Independent on Sunday

Alex Feis-Bryce with Lisa Markwell, editor of the Independent on Sunday

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A charity boss and an actor from Lancashire have been named on a list celebrating the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain.

The Rainbow List has been published by the Independent On Sunday for the 16th year and focuses on those who have paved the way for equality.

Bethany Black

Bethany Black

At the top of the list is Riley Carter Millington, a transgender actor playing Kyle in BBC1 soap Eastenders.

Actor and comedian Bethany Black, who comes from Chorley, was placed at number 53 in the list.

She played trans character Helen Brears in Russell T Davies’ Cucumber, Banana and Tofu, and is to become the first transgender actor to appear in Doctor Who.

Also on the list is Alex Feis-Bryce, who was placed at number 92.

“There are so many people I really admire on that list so I was quite surprised and proud.”

Alex Feis-Bryce

Alex is the chief executive of National Ugly Mugs, an organisation working to provide greater access to justice and protection for sex workers.

He is also a member of the National Police Working Group on Prostitution and has been involved in LGBT activism.

Alex, 32, who grew up in Euxton, near Chorley, and now splits his time between Euxton and London, said he was “delighted” to be on the list.

He said: “I think one of the reasons I was pleased is that for most of my adult life I have been writing articles about gay rights and been an advocate, but the work I do now often doesn’t get recognised because sex workers are stigmatised.

“I think it’s great that a list full of pioneers recognises that work for sex workers is really important and a human rights issue as well.

“There are so many people I really admire on that list so I was quite surprised and proud.”