Philip Baldwin

I am a 34-year-old human rights activist and writer, with a particular focus on equalities issues, homelessness, asylum and faith inclusion.

I am often in the media, commentating on LGBTQ rights, HIV, ethnicity and gender balance topics. I write for a range of publications, including my regular column in “Gay Times”. From 2014 until 2019, I was a columnist for the “HuffPost”. I am a Stonewall Role Model, which involves going into schools, where I speak about “coming out”, HIV and faith. I am a trustee of a number of charities, including the Ozanne Foundation, whose objective is to make faith spaces more inclusive for LGBTQ people, but which has also had a large impact in terms of gender equality. As someone who is gay, HIV positive and Christian, I have experienced a lot of stigma. I confront stereotypes head on in my campaigning and in the way that I live my life. I take pride in using the platforms that I have to give a voice, in particular, to other people who have experienced prejudice or discrimination. I have spoken out vociferously for women living with HIV, have written about the female campaigners who helped nurture my activism and am also a trans ally. I take inspiration from the American civil rights movement, as well as the women’s liberation movement. It is by standing in solidarity that we are going to challenge the (white and straight) patriarchal norms which still underpin our society.

Prior to becoming a writer and activist, I worked as a lawyer in financial services. I studied an undergraduate degree in Modern History at Oriel College, Oxford and a postgraduate M.Phil in History of Art and Architecture at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.