Patrick Strudwick has been named the 62nd most influential gay man in Britain today. His contributions to the journalism industry earned him highly regarded awards in 2010 and he now writes regularly for the Guardian and Attitude magazine.

He attended Manchester University when he was 18 and studied classical music. When the time came to leave though, he says ‘I wasn't sure about pursuing a career in music’. Eventually he moved into sales and website design which led to an opportunity to write. ‘I was asked “why don’t you think about writing?” Journalism had never occurred to me because I had always focused on music.

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It was a bit of a ‘Eureka!’ moment when I realised that was what I wanted to do’. He began as most journalists do, ‘I pitched ideas and hassled him [the editor of a men’s magazine] and he eventually agreed to let me write the music page.’ He then moved on to the more popular magazine ‘Attitude’ which he spent 2002-2008 as the senior contributing editor and columnist.

In 2009, Strudwick went undercover to discover what was, at the time, an untouched subject unknown to the Great British public. ‘The piece came out in 2010 and before that, no-one had done this, no-one had gone undercover to expose this kind of therapy. No-one really knew it was going on in this country beyond a few academics’. He talks about conversion therapy, a so-called cure for homosexuality. He tells me of the difficulty after the investigation of having the 4000 word piece published.

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Eventually it was published by The Independent six months after it was written. ‘There were lots of ripples that came from my piece [...] I pursued a complaint against both of the therapists involved. The complaint against the psychiatrist and medical council was dropped in the end but the complaint against the therapist took two and a half years. During that time, there was a lot of media coverage: first of all when she lost, then when she appealed, and finally when she was struck off.’ After the arduous case against the therapist she was removed from her position of power. ‘She became the first therapist in history to be struck off for trying to ‘cure’ a gay person which in itself is quite a seminal moment, but also, as soon as that happened, the BACP (British association for counselling and psychotherapy) finally condemned conversion therapy’ Patrick tells me with a tone of achievement.

In 2010 Patrick was named Journalist of the year at the Stonewall awards, Highly Commended Journalist of the year at the Mind awards and the winner of the Best National Newspaper feature at the Guild Of Health Writer’s Awards.

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All of these were in honour of ‘The Ex Gay Files’, his investigation into conversion therapy. He was also the British winner of the EU Journalist award; ‘The European award was actually for an interview I did with Peter Tatchell for the Independent.’ On being asked about being named the 62nd most influential gay person in Britain he laughs and says ‘umm, it’s a bit meaningless. I think what was important for me in 2010 was that the issues that I uncovered were out in the open – I got my story out there and I made a difference, I changed things. Being recognised in that list is nice and shows that people in the industry are recognising my work.’

Patrick has interviewed the likes of Björk, Grace Jones and J-Lo among a multitude of others and is an avid user of social networking site Twitter. He recently argued with musician Azealia Banks over her use of the word ‘faggot’ and asked her to apologise. She responded by saying her apology would be insincere, so didn't. He has also recently published an article entitled ‘The Queen defending gay rights? She can't even say the words out loud’ about the Queen’s fight for gay people’s rights. Shocked by the Mail on Sunday’s headline, he says ‘whatever next? Queen stands as Labour councillor? Queen does the Harlem Shake?’ #Gossip