Stephen K Amos
How important is it to have people around you that you can confide in?
My family and friends have always known everything about me. For as long as I can remember I’ve always felt that honesty and being true to yourself is paramount.
I’ve had nothing but positive and encouraging responses to what I feel is a very important program (Batty Man). I’m still in touch with some of the brave people who featured on the documentary and their contribution has gone on to influence young people all around the country.
I was pleased to see people changing their attitudes and the highlight was when one contributor decided to come out to his mother that same day. She turned out to have known all along and completely opened her heart to him.
When I was growing up there weren’t many black role models let alone black gay role models. It’s imperative that black gay men and women stand up and be counted. This will show the younger generation that it is OK and there are people out there who are just like you.
Having decent people around you who love and support you unconditionally is the only way to get through what can be a difficult and painful experience of coming out.
Over the last ten years Stephen K Amos has entertained audiences all over the world as one of the UK’s foremost stand-up comedians. He’s also a writer, actor and presenter.
Well known on the comedy circuit for the last decade, Stephen K Amos came out publicly in his 2006 show, ‘All of Me’, although his sexuality had been an open secret to those closest to him before then.
After publicly coming out it wasn’t long before Amos tackled the issue of homophobia head-on in the black British community and Jamaica with the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary ‘Batty Man’. In 2010, Amos' own BBC TV show was launched, simply entitled The Stephen K Amos Show.
Stephen appears in our inspirational Aim High booklet, along with 19 other people at the top of their respective fields, showing sexuality should not get in the way of success.