Virgin Radio launches a special station for the LGBT community

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Virgin Radio launches a special station for the LGBT community with hosts including RuPaul Drag Race star and BBC Radio presenter who came out live on air as a non-binary

  • Virgin Radio Pride UK will be broadcast from June 7th to the end of September
  • It will cover issues such as trans rights, gay adoption and helping parents
  • Guest contributors will engage in conversation with the hosts, Virgin revealed
  • Presenters include Matt Cain, Emma Goswell, Debbie Ryan and Phil Clifton

Virgin Radio will launch an LGBT station in the summer, the station has announced.

Called Pride UK, the station will broadcast from June 7 to the end of September and will focus on issues such as trans rights, gay adoption, living with HIV and helping parents understand LGBT topics.

The lineup of presenters includes Tia Kofi, a former RuPaul Drag Race UK star, and Shivani Dave, who emerged as a non-binary live on-air during a special special on BBC Radio Wiltshire.

The hosts will be joined by celebrity guest contributors and will partner with Pride marches across the country, as well as LGBT organizations.

Other presenters include LGBTQ+ Radio DJs Vicki Blight, Phil Clifton, Stephen Sullivan, Debbie Ryan and Emma Goswell, as well as famed journalist and author Matt Cain – who previously served as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay magazine. .

Tia Kofi

Shivani Dave

Shivani Dave

The lineup of presenters includes Tia Kofi (left), a former RuPaul Drag Race UK star, and Shivani Dave (right), who emerged as a non-binary live on-air during a pride special on BBC Radio Wiltshire

Called Pride UK, the station will broadcast from June 7 to the end of September.  Pictured, a giant rainbow flag at the annual London Pride Parade in London, UK, July 7, 2018

Called Pride UK, the station will broadcast from June 7 to the end of September.  Pictured, a giant rainbow flag at the annual London Pride Parade in London, UK, July 7, 2018

Called Pride UK, the station will broadcast from June 7 to the end of September. Pictured, a giant rainbow flag at the annual London Pride Parade in London, UK, July 7, 2018

Programming will include documentaries about being bisexual in 2021, how the LGBT community shapes dance music, and a weekly Cain magazine show titled The Sunday Roast.

Virgin Radio Pride UK will largely feature pop dance and pop R&B from the past 20 years, the broadcaster said.

Drag queen Kofi said: “I’m so excited to be a part of the launch of this incredible new LGBTQ+ station.

“We’ve made something by queer people for queer people and beyond, and it’s going to be great.

Other presenters include LGBTQ+ Radio DJs Vicki Blight, Phil Clifton and Emma Goswell, as well as famed journalist and writer Matt Cain (pictured) - who previously served as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK's best-selling gay men's magazine

Other presenters include LGBTQ+ Radio DJs Vicki Blight, Phil Clifton and Emma Goswell, as well as famed journalist and writer Matt Cain (pictured) - who previously served as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK's best-selling gay men's magazine

Other presenters include LGBTQ+ Radio DJs Vicki Blight, Phil Clifton and Emma Goswell, as well as famed journalist and writer Matt Cain (pictured) – who previously served as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay men’s magazine

“Get ready for the ultimate Friday night pre-party with me, as well as some sensational content from across the LGBTQ+ community.”

After the announcement was made, Cain took to Twitter to celebrate. He said, ‘I have EXCITING NEWS! I’m joining #VirginRadioPride to host the station’s flagship discussion show! Think of it as casual women for queer people – chatting about all kinds of issues affecting the LGBT+ community. And I can’t wait to get started.’

You can listen to Virgin Radio Pride UK from 7 June on DAB in London, online or via the Virgin Radio app.

Who are the presenters of Virgin Radio UK Pride UK?

Tia Kofi

Lawrence Bolton, known by the stage name Tia Kofi, is a British drag queen from Clapham, South London. They are best known for their participation in the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Lawrence Bolton, known by the stage name Tia Kofi

Lawrence Bolton, known by the stage name Tia Kofi

Lawrence Bolton, known by the stage name Tia Kofi

Emma Goswell

Renowned radio host Emma Goswell hosted the breakfast show on Gaydio, the world’s largest LGBT radio station for five years between 2013 and 2018.

Renowned radio host Emma Goswell

Renowned radio host Emma Goswell

Renowned radio host Emma Goswell

Phil Clifton

Phil Clifton, a British television and Sony nominated radio host, has appeared on MTV, Radio X and previously Channel 4.

Phil Clifton has appeared on MTV

Phil Clifton has appeared on MTV

Phil Clifton has appeared on MTV

Vicki Blight

Plymouth born Vicki Blight has presented shows on Heart 106, a regional radio station which broadcasts to the East Midlands, Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Wales.

Plymouth-born Vicki Blight

Plymouth-born Vicki Blight

Plymouth-born Vicki Blight

Matt Cain

Writer Matt Cain worked between 2016 and 2018 as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay men’s magazine. He is also ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, the UK’s national charity for LGBT people and the homeless.

Between 2016 and 2018, Matt worked as editor-in-chief of Attitude, the UK’s best-selling gay men’s magazine.

Matt Cain worked as editor-in-chief of Attitude

Matt Cain worked as editor-in-chief of Attitude

Matt Cain worked as editor-in-chief of Attitude

Debbie Ryan

Debbie Ryan teamed up with co-host Neil Sexton under the name NDebz on Gaydio hosting on a Saturday morning slot. The Guardian described the duo as ‘very successful in the mainstream breakfast shows with their largely reactionary chatter’.

Debbie Ryan worked with Neil Sexton

Debbie Ryan worked with Neil Sexton

Debbie Ryan worked with Neil Sexton

Shivani Dave

BBC Radio Wiltshire presenter Shivani Dave used their platform last year to release non-binary live on-air. ‘I don’t identify with being a man or a woman. I’m a little out of those two options — I’m just a person,” they said.

Presenter Shivani Dave

Presenter Shivani Dave

Presenter Shivani Dave

Stephen Sullivan

Club entertainment manager Stephen Sullivan previously hosted a number of Heart radio shows, often acting as a stand-in for other DJs while balancing his promoter work.

Stephen Sullivan

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