Proud2Be Shortlisted for UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 13:15

Devon-based Social Enterprise Proud2Be has been shortlisted for the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual &/or trans+) Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards 2017.

Charites and role models from across the UK will gather at the breathtaking Anglican Cathedral on September 8th 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity.

The best of British diversity will travel to Liverpool to showcase the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in today’s society.

Over 22,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide.

The exciting news, marks six years since gay identical twins, Jon and Mat Price, founded Proud2Be by recording this short video. Since then several high-profile LGBT+ figures have contributed to the international campaign including Stephen Fry.

As well as running the campaign, Proud2Be delivers awareness training and facilitates various groups and events throughout the year, including a social group, craft days, a youth group and a popular annual rural pride event. This year, Totnes Pride will be held on Saturday 2nd September with a special guest appearance from Proud2Be patron, activist and singer-songwriter CN Lester.

CN said: “Totnes Pride 2015 was…inclusive, intersectional, challenging, supportive and genuinely welcoming. Long may they continue.”

Earlier this year Proud2Be received support in principle from the County Council’s Highways and Traffic Orders Committee for their proposal to install Europe’s first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes. The group are currently raising funds for the campaign and invite you to please donate what you can here.

Co-founder Mat said: “Proud2Be wouldn’t be where it is today, without the support, passion and energy of its volunteers, members and supporters. Jon and I would like to say a huge thank you to all who voted for Proud2Be and all who continue to support its mission. It has been an absolute privilege to share the last 6 years with you- here is to the next 6!”

The prestigious black tie event is definitely one to mark down on your calendar and provides recognition for excellence regardless of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diverse talent alongside joint Headline Sponsors Direct Line Group.

Paul Geddes, CEO, Direct Line Group said: "We know that having a diverse workforce not only brings in more talent, it increases the variety of thinking, enabling us to have a better understanding of our customers' needs in an ever-changing Britain.”

“The momentum is gathering pace” he continued “but there is more all businesses can do to pave the way for change. We are therefore honoured to be sponsoring the National Diversity Awards to celebrate the success of role models, businesses and organisations who are leading the way to true diversity and inclusion in our society."

Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Adam Hills and Sir Lenny Henry amongst many.

TV Presenter Graham Norton Said “Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s shortlisted nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’

Previous winners include Huddersfield based Disability Theatre Group Shabang!, Freedom Fighting Refugee Aderonke Apata, and Transgender Support Charity Mermaids.

Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel looked back on her time winning the positive role model award in 2013 “It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society".

Rachel went on to receive the award for battling successfully against a potentially life limiting illness to produce works of art that are applauded worldwide.

She continued "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the NDA Award in my hand, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of The National Diversity Awards said “I am so proud to be able to witness the journeys of some of the most inspiring role models this country has to offer. Each year I am overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of nominations, and those shortlisted should know how privileged I am to share your stories with the nation. You are all winners and I can’t wait to meet you at the ceremony.”

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist and to find out more about Proud2Be please visit proud2be.co.uk


 

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