Johnny Mathis has been chosen as today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, nominated by Pride volunteer Lyn who says: “I’ve seen him in concert about 7 times. It’s something special I do with my mum. He’s her number 1 singer. When I was young I used to save my pocket money to buy my mum his albums off the secondhand album market stall. He’s a great entertainer. When asked about people’s attitudes to the LGBT+ community he said, “take time. People are stubborn about what they perceive to be the right thing or the wrong thing, and it takes a long time to filter this human condition. There’s a waiting period until people catch up. But if you have patience — which it takes when someone thinks differently from you — everybody always catches up. That patience is a wonderful virtue.”

Here’s a little film of Johnny talking about coming out:

If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at

You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website

To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: