Vicky Beeching is a writer and broadcaster appearing regularly on BBC1, Sky News, Radio 4’s Today programme and the BBC News Channel.
Her writing has been published by The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Statesman, Cosmopolitan Magazine and BBC Online among others. Vicky’s first book, a memoir, will be published by Harper Collins in 2017.
Also an in-demand keynote speaker, she delivers compelling content about diversity and inclusion in corporate settings to firms like KPMG, Prudential, PwC, Ernst & Young, The Co-Op group and Adobe. (See her Speaking page for more details)
A familiar face in religious broadcasting, with academic credentials in theology from Oxford and Durham, Vicky brings a progressive and dynamic perspective on spirituality and ethics.
She is a guest presenter on TV programmes like BBC1’s Songs of Praise and BBC1’s Sunday Morning Live and gives commentary on breaking stories to Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5, Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and LBC Radio. If you listen to the Today programme on Radio 4 in the mornings, chances are you’ll have heard Vicky delivering Thought For The Day. Or if you wake up to Chris Evans on Radio 2, you’ve probably heard her doing Pause For Thought. Vicky and her life story so far has been profiled by TIME Magazine Online, The Huffington Post and BBC World Service.
Her journey has been a fascinating one. After her initial studies in theology at Oxford, Vicky was offered a record deal with EMI Music in the USA. Signed to their Christian music imprint, she wrote and toured her own songs – all with a faith-based theme. Singing most weeks in mega-churches that seated thousands of worshipers, her songs became some of the most-sung around the globe and were translated into multiple languages.
Her work and social world existed entirely within the conservative Christian church, so it’s little wonder that she decided to shelve one truth she’d known since the age of 13: Vicky is gay.
At the age of 30 she reached a breaking point, knowing she had to speak up about her true identity, and in 2014 Vicky was interviewed by a national UK newspaper and came out.
Due to her influential platform within the traditional global church, this sparked a vast response. It triggered media conversations around the world, with The Guardian calling Beeching “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” due to her influential impact on the Church’s views on LGBT equality. (For more on this, see her Coming Out page)
Her Christian music career ended as a result (no megachurches would book her to sing, and no Christian label would record her music). So Vicky hung up her guitars and now spends her time writing for newspapers, presenting TV and radio content, and writing her first book for Harper Collins.
She also delivers corporate coaching for organisations like the BBC, Adobe and The Telegraph, training their staff in a variety of ways including: media and broadcast skills, social media excellence, public speaking confidence and personal branding.
Vicky’s media work has been recognised with a series of awards and nominations. She was short-listed for ‘LGBT Broadcaster of the Year’ at the British LGBT Awards 2016 alongside Evan Davis, Gok Wan and Claire Balding. Beeching won a Christian New Media Award for her writing, and garnered a Sandford Award nomination for ‘Jesus The Muslim’, a radio programme she presented about the Islamic and Christian understanding of Christ. She’s been nominated for Stonewall’s Hero of the Year and was recognised by the National Diversity Awards as an inspirational LGBT role model.
To further her academic career, Vicky is doing a part-time PhD at Durham University researching the church’s attitudes and approach to LGBT people with a special emphasis on same-sex marriage.
Vicky is based in central London.
Contact her here.