Ben Cowell 2


November 1985, Nottingham


Grew up in Lincoln and Newcastle Upon Tyne, Now lives In Wakefield.

Date of Interview

16th October 2021

“I would love to be involved, thank you for thinking of me”

Ben Cowell (11th July 2021)

This is the second interview with Ben Cowell, if you haven’t listened to the first one, I would urge you to do so

Having spoken frankly about his sexuality in the first interview Ben speaks now just as candidly about the journey he and his partner David took when they decided to adopt a child as a same sex couple.

There are so many things that I didn’t know existed as a part of the adoption procedure. Ben assured me that all the way through the adoption system his homosexuality was not an issue and did not affect the care and consideration they were given. 

Ben has worked for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service as well as being a Leeds Police Officer and is now employed by the ambulance service while training to be a solicitor.

A fascinating interview.


Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Recording Editor: Carlo Harrison

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Homosexuality – Marriage00.25
Adoption – Decision01.15
Adoption – Same Sex Couple04.00
Adoption – Administration07.55
Adoption – The Child12.50
Adoption – Meeting Theo20.15
Adoption – Theo Comes Home25.30
Theo Told He Is Adopted27.10
Theo Having Two Dads – School – Other Children33.00
Yorkshire Ambulance Service37.05
Leeds Police Officer40.25
Training To Be A Solicitor43.05
Advice To Younger Self50.20


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

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Carlo Harrison