Joe McElderry enters LGBT role model list

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X Factor winner Joe McElderry has become a role model for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people, with musician Will Young topping the list.

Stonewall carried out a poll asking which British music personality was their best role model. Will Young topped the list with 58 per cent but McElderry, who won the 2009 X Factor television programme and who only came out earlier this month, took 10 per cent of the vote.

“Young people involved with Stonewall tell us that role models help them overcome the homophobic bullying that’s rife in Britain’s schools,” said Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall.

“Pop culture is hugely influential to young people so it’s encouraging to see more openly lesbian, gay and bisexual British pop stars. Joe McElderry is already recognised as a role model so the scene is now set for him to become every bit as popular with young gay people as Will Young,” he added.

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