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LGBTQ+ celebrities lined up to host as Virgin Radio Pride returns

A roster of LGBTQ+ talent make up the 2024 Virgin Radio Pride lineup, as the station returns from 1 June to 31 August.

Stars include Heartstopper’s Bradley Riches, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Baga Chipz, Tom Allen, Jaxon Feeley, Jodie Harsh, former I’m A Celebrity star and presenter Adele Roberts and Suzi Ruffell.

Bradley Riches will host a weekly Saturday lunchtime show, while comedians Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell will host every Sunday.

The Chris Evans Breakfast show with webuyanycar will air every weekday, with Steve Denyer on from 10am.

Legendary non-binary broadcaster and TikTok star Shivani Dave will host weekday evenings from 7pm and fronts a special documentary for South-East Asian Heritage Month in August.

The weekends include Friday night bangers from RuPaul’s Drag Race star Baga Chipz and superstar LGBTQ+ DJ Jodie Harsh going in the mix, alongside tunes from the nation’s biggest and best queer club nights including Homoelectric and Glitterbomb.

Speech programmes across the station include a show on keeping young people safe online hosted by Channel 4 reality star and trans icon Jaxon Feeley, alongside his close friend Esther Ghey, the mother of trans teenager Brianna Ghey, who was murdered in a case that shook the foundations of the LGBTQ+ community and wider society.

There will be a special on era-defining lesbian TV show The L Word at 20 years old with Vicki Blight, Adele Roberts and actors from the show, from Cardiff-based indie Bengo Media.

Graeme Smith and the team from multi-award-winning podcast OUTCAST UK take over Sunday late nights again with a mix of late-night chat, news, and interviews.

My Pride Playlist has exclusive interviews with Eddie Izzard, England women’s footballer and talkSPORT host Lianne Sanderson and the queer history author, former vicar and now shadow minister for creative industries the Labour MP Chris Bryant.

Other new talent on board this year includes Vauxhall DJ regular, Nick Charles from The Loud Brown Gays podcast and London-based XOYO DJ and producer Alfie Butler.

Virgin Radio UK Content Director, Mike Cass, says: “Virgin Radio Pride is back for its 4th year, bigger and better than ever before. A three-month long party to celebrate how far our community has come while discussing how we continue to make progress.

“Our aim is simple; by continuing the LGBTQ+ conversation, we can make one person feel more safe, secure, less alone and a little happier.”

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