After leaving his home in Glasgow, he travelled to London and started attending the London Gay Teenage Group. In 1982 he helped to create a video called Framed Youth: Revenge of The Teenage Perverts, as part of the Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project. The video won the BFI Grierson Award for the best documentary in 1983.
He was rated number 40 in the Pride Power List 2011. The citation said:
- " Falsetto-voiced vocalist who wrote unforgettable hit songs, including the gay anthems Smalltown Boy and Why?.
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