ITV Pridecast - LGBTQ+ in a farming world with Jeremy Miles and Steffan Evans
In this special episode of the ITV Pridecast, Liam McConkey hosts the podcast live from the Royal Welsh Show, one of the largest agricultural festivals in Europe. The event, which is held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd in Mid Wales, sees around 200,000 people visit to see some of the best livestock and equine competitions across the country.
Joining Liam in this episode is Welsh politician, Jeremy Miles and Steffan Evans, teacher and member of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Tipped to become the next First Minister of Wales, Jeremy is currently the country’s Education Minister and Member of the Senedd for the constituency of Neath in South Wales. He was first elected to the Welsh Parliament in May 2016 as the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate.
Whilst being a member of the Welsh Government, he has served in various roles, including the Brexit Minister and Minister for COVID recovery. In his interview on the ITV Pridecast, he chats about being a gay man in frontline politics and what it’s like to represent a rural area like Neath. He also discusses the Welsh Government’s work on its LGBTQ+ Action Plan, which is seeking to make Wales the most LGBTQ+ friendly place in Europe.
Steffan Evans is originally from Carmarthenshire and has been a very active member of Wales’ Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, which brings young people together in agricultural communities across Wales. He’s been part of the organisation since he was 10 and in 2010 he was voted Wales YFC Youth Forum Chairman.
In 2019, he came out to his family and friends which was a big step in his personal life, as he says being openly gay isn’t easy in rural West Wales. Since 2016 he has been a teacher and he now teaches at a school very close to the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. He has been working hard at the school to promote LGBTQ+ rights at school, and even helped to organise the first Pride parade for the county of Powys this year.
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