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About Agrespect

We believe that people live their best lives when they live authentically. There are thousands of LGBTQ+ people in the countryside. We want to unite them, celebrate them and encourage inclusiveness in rural communities. We want to promote the countryside as a vibrant, tolerant and welcoming place for everyone irrespective of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Our aims are simple: We want to help LGBTQ+ people and their families to understand that being different is something to be proud of. Being open about your sexuality shouldn’t be a barrier to leading a happy life and a fulfilling career in the countryside. We are doing this by celebrating LGBTQ+ people’s stories here on the site and on social media.

The Big Issues

Being transgender in farming: Dee Vickers’ story

Working in arboriculture and forestry isn’t perhaps the natural environment to come out as transgender. But Dee Vickers, director of…

The Big Issues

Ethnic diversity in UK farming: Partheeban Navaratnam’s story

Farm vet Partheeban Navaratna explains the challenges faced by people of colour working in agriculture, and the value diversity can…

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Being LGBTQ+ in farming: Ryan Came-Johnson’s story

‘Those who matter don’t care, and those who care don’t matter’, writes sheep farmer and agronomist, Ryan Came-Johnson, writes… Growing…

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Being LGBTQ+ in farming: Ben Lewis’s story

Ben Lewis, a farmer and manager for Rural Payments in Wales, writes: I was born into the umpteenth generation of…

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Being LGBTQ+ in farming: Lydia Slack’s story

Lydia Slack, rural writer and founder of Reviving Roots, writes: Growing up, there were nights when I sat in my…

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Being LGBTQ+ in agriculture: Emlyn Evans’ story

Emlyn Evans is a volunteer at Gay Farmers Helpline. He grew up in a small rural market village in West…

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Being LGBTQ+ in farming: Sam Cooper’s story

As much as I loved my childhood and growing up in the countryside, it wasn’t exactly an environment teeming with…

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Diversity in agriculture: Matt Naylor on being a gay farmer

We are thrilled to team up with Agrespect to share and celebrate LGBTQ+ people’s stories who live and work in…