This week is all about pride, a time of year when we celebrate diversity in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation. It’s a good opportunity to share with you one of the key messages that I leave kids with when I volunteer for a charity called Diversity Role Models.

As a role model, I go in and take part in about five workshops in a school day and I talk about my coming out story. The key message I leave kids with at the end of our story is to celebrate the similarities between ourselves and not the differences. I think it’s something we could all do a little bit more of. We can all lean slightly towards being judgmental or looking for what separates us rather than what brings us together.

With it being Pride Week, what better time to really rethink that and try and find a little bit of common ground between all of ourselves – we really need diversity, it’s so important.

I live in London and we have a lot of diversity, but in some parts of the world it’s just not like that. And I think it’s a crucial part of our wellbeing.

Understanding, appreciating and valuing that we’re all different and being really strong in yourself and your identity and who you are, is such a fundamental part of wellbeing.

The closer I got to who I really am was by doing work over the years and massive experience and learning, and the clearer I got on who I was, the better and happier I felt. And of course the better my health was because I made better decisions. I stopped doing some things and started doing other things. I really valued longevity as opposed to being unsure of who I am and all the negative ways that you can express that.

My underlying message is look for the similarities between each other and not the differences – this directly contributes to wellbeing and if you start to do that, we get a better sense of community. Communities make us happy. Communities help us look after each other.

If you’re taking part in Pride, have an amazing time. If not, get behind it and support it!


  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.