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

  • Virgin Radio Pride UK will be broadcast from June 7 until the end of September
  • It will address issues such as trans-rights, gay adoption and helping parents
  • The hosts will be joined in conversation by guest contributors, Virgin revealed
  • Presenters include Matt Cain, Emma Goswell, Debbie Ryan and Phil Clifton 

Virgin Radio will launch an LGBT station to run during the summer, the station has revealed.

The station, called Pride UK, will broadcast from June 7 until the end of September and focus on issues including trans-rights, gay adoption, living with HIV and helping parents understand LGBT subjects. 

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

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

Other presenters include LGBTQ+ Radio DJs Vicki Blight, Phil Clifton, Stephen Sullivan, Debbie Ryan and Emma Goswell as well as renowned journalist and writer Matt Cain – who previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of Attitude, the UK’s biggest-selling magazine for gay men. 

The station, called Pride UK, will broadcast from June 7 until the end of September and focus on issues including trans-rights, gay adoption, living with HIV and helping parents understand LGBT subjects (file image)

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

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

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

‘We have created something made by queer people for queer people and beyond, and it’s going to be amazing.

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

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

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