Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up one morning to discover that it was suddenly illegal for you to be you? That the law said because you had blue eyes, or were short or because you wrote with your left hand you could go to jail. The character I'm best known for - Captain Jack in Torchwood - spends his life fighting every kind of threat to humanity you could think of. That's all fantasy, of course, but this is real. People are being killed and many, many more live in daily fear for their lives. And the threat comes from something that is much harder to fight than fictional aliens - homophobia based on prejudice, hatred and ignorance.
A big favourite of mine is London based label Elenany. Sarah Elenany, is behind the brand, and draws on her Palestinian and Egyptian heritage to produce contemporary clothing for young people. The designer started the label in 2009 as she felt there was nothing at the time providing stylish attire for young Muslims.
With the huge and welcome advances that we have made in Britain and many countries in recent years it is easy to forget that most of the world remains a very hostile place if you happen to be gay or lesbian. State sanctioned homophobia remains widespread, in more than a third of all countries homosexuality is still illegal and in some punishable by death.