Updated: Oct 13, 2019
At ReportOUT, we believe in having relevant Patron's, who will really guide our work, promote us and publish what we do to a wider audience. We only ask people whose work feeds into ours and vice versa. With this in mind, we are delighted to welcome two new Patron's of our organisation! You can also read their profiles on our website.
Aderonke Apata is a human rights activist, feminist and SOGI equality advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology, a Master of Public Health and a Postgraduate Degree in Law. She is currently studying for the Bar Professional Training Course and Master of Law. She is a campaigner for SOGI people seeking asylum to stay in the UK, of which she gained asylum after a 13-year battle.
With a clutch of awards under her belt, she is the winner of the 'Activist of the Year' at the Sexual Freedom Awards (2018) and the winner of the Ron Todd Foundation Equality Awards (2018). Aderonke was also the proud winner at the Attitude Pride Awards'(2017) and the winner of the 'Positive Role Model for LGBT' at the National Diversity Awards (2014), where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice." She has also been added to Amnesty International UK's 'Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain' (2018),
She ranks number 41 and 67 on the Ranbow List (2014) and the Rainbow List (2015) respectively, as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named 'LGBT Heroine of the Year' (2015) by DIVA Magazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. She is the founder of Manchester Migrant Solidarity and African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports SOGI people seeking asylum in UK and campaigning for the repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law.
Reverend Jide Macaulay
Reverend Jide Macaulay is the founding Pastor and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. He is an openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher,
An HIV positive activist, Jide holds a degree in law, a masters degree in theology and a post-graduate certificate in pastoral theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights.
He also writes for various Christian and secular journals. He has authored several books and poetry such as 'Inspired' (2001) and the 'Pocket Devotion for LGBT Christians' (2005), Jide has won several awards, including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for "Man of the Year" for his work helping people of faith. He was shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards (2014) in the category for 'Positive Role Model..' He was the nOSCARS Award winner in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
He also served from 2007 to 2013 as Executive Board member and Co Chair of Pan Africa International Lesbians and Gay Association. He is currently the Africa Regional Representative at the Global Interfaith Network, sits on the Board of Trustees at Kaleidoscope Trust UK and is the Chairperson for INERELA+ Europe, Jide is a trained Volunteer Champion at Africa Children's Charity and a Volunteer Chaplain at Mildmay Hospital..