Guest Blog: Our Rainbow Family

Katie Bennet-Hall runs Planet London, a one stop shop for activities targeted for lesbian and bi-sexual women, with her partner Naomi. In a guest blog specially written for Emerald Connect, Kate talks about how her and her partner’s lives changed, and details the personal sensitivities around starting a family, when both parents are of the same sex. Our Rainbow Family My teammates, from the LGBT softball team I play for, have over the last five Read more…

The Emerald View: The All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights Initial Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBT Rights launched its first major report, titled ‘The UK’s Response to International Breaches of LGBT Rights’, on 13th April 2016. The group was set up last year by MPs and peers across the political spectrum and is the first of its kind in the UK parliament. The report makes a series of recommendations on how the UK government, businesses and NGOs can contribute to improving the Read more…

Sarah Garrett, founder of the RBS British LGBT Awards, blogs for Emerald Life

Sarah Garrett, Founder of the RBS British LGBT Awards, blogs for Emerald about the forthcoming annual event, highlighting past winners and why the awards are so important to the community. Sarah Garrett: What the LGBT Awards mean and why they are so important…  We are now in the run up to our awards, and I’m pleased to say the ceremony is shaping up to be the biggest yet. We’re really excited that LGBT advocate Mel Read more…

The Winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards is…

Rosso Heidi McCormack, CEO of Emerald Life, proudly announced Rosso as the winner of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards on Friday evening at the Islington Arts Factory, London.  With her Madam Moustache painting, Rosso beat off tough competition from four other finalists (and over 200 entries – including from as far as Kenya!) to receive the winner’s trophy and prize money of £1,000.00, provided by Emerald Life. ‘It struck me how the theme Read more…

A word from one of the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards finaliststs

It’s such an honour to be nominated for the 2016 Emerald Winter Pride Art Award, as well as finishing as a runner up for one of my other works. The nominations have given the works a great sense of freedom and I hope moves us a step closer to greater gender equality, confronting art censorship surrounding nudes. As an artist, it’s vital I create work that opens dialogue surrounding issues that are important to me, like Read more…

Emerald Life Brand Launch – together forever

The launch of our brand video – #TogetherForever  Emerald Life is today delighted to launch our brand film, which features commentary from our co-founders Steve and Heidi, behind the scenes footage of our ad campaign shoots, adorable children and the occasional cameo from the Chairman’s own dog – Calvin. The film and accompanying ad campaign was made in partnership with Boutique Marketing, who have worked tirelessly to produce the beautiful materials. “One size doesn’t fit Read more…

Win Tickets to the British LGBT Awards in London

Emerald Life announces sponsorship of British LGBT Awards And you and a friend can be sat on the Emerald VIP table for the event, dubbed the “Gay Oscars” on Friday 13th of May, 2016. Emerald Life today announces supporting sponsorship for the 2016 British LGBT Awards, to be held in London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on Friday 13 May.  The awards, which attract attention from both national and international press, returns for the third year. As usual, there will Read more…

Chairman’s blog: Pet Shop Boys – a back catalogue of my life

The Pet Shop Boys 13th studio album – Super – launched yesterday (01 Apr) marking 30 years since their first album Please was released in March 1986.  Also this week, Emerald Life, has launched. Is there a link? Well, there certainly is for me… The Pet Shop Boys’ music has been with me ever since I began to think about coming out in 1986. The various albums have matched important stages of my life which Read more…

Emerald Life announces headline sponsorship of Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards 2016

Emerald Life today proudly announces headline sponsorship of the Emerald Winter Pride Art Award 2016. At a special event to be hosted at the Islington Arts Factory on the evening of Friday 15th April, Emerald Life CEO, Heidi McCormack, will announce the winner and present them with a cheque for £1000.00 Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will open the Art Awards at 6.30pm, ahead of the presentation of the prize money, donated by Emerald, to the winner(s). The Emerald Read more…

International Transgender Day of Visibility at Emerald Life

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual occasion which allows all of society the opportunity to celebrate the contributions members of the Trans community make at home and abroad. And that’s no different at Emerald Life. Today, we celebrate our Trans brothers and sisters, calling for more visibility and greater equality across all industries, underlining our support for Trans people everywhere. But what does Emerald Life do in particular where Trans equality is concerned? Emerald Life wants Read more…