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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:02

Proud2Be Nominated for Diversity Awards

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Proud2Be Project has been nominated for the Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards.

The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Proud2Be is a social enterprise that was set up in June 2011 to help encourage and support all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to be proud of who they are. The project hosts a video campaign featuring Stephen Fry and last years Lifetime Achiever Award winner Peter Tatchell and hosts its own LGBT radio show. It also facilitates social groups and workshops and will be launching Totnes Pride on Saturday 14th September 2013.

Project founders Mat and Jon Price said: "We are thrilled that Proud2Be has been nominated for a National Diversity Award. We have spent the last year working on the project at our home in Devon and for our work to be acknowledged by such a fantastic initiative is an absolute honour"

The National Diversity Awards 2013 in association with Microsoft will be held at The Queens Hotel, Leeds on September 20th. 

Britain’s most inspirational people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society.

Big Brother host Brian Dowling and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell will be hosting this year’s event. The awards have also gained support from a number of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight and Ade Adepitan - and the Likes of Paralympic champion Jody Cundy, and Journalist Amal Fashanu were amongst last year’s attendees. 

The largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind has generated great sponsors such as the co-operative Group, Sky, The Open University and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Theresa McHenry, of Microsoft UK, said ‘The National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities.  It’s a delight to be able to support this fantastic celebration of local heroes.’

Amongst last year’s winners was gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who scooped up The Lifetime Achiever Award; Trade Union activist Zita Holbourne who was awarded the positive role Model for Race and The Anthony Walker foundation, a charity established following the tragic murder of its namesake in a racially motivated attack. The National Diversity Awards received an astonishing amount of nominations for last year’s event. 

Paul Sesay, Chief Executive of The National Diversity Awards said, ‘if ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer – it is now’

 ‘I know another fantastic spectacle of role models will be delivered and recognised this year’. 

Nominations are now open and close July 19th 2013 - so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved! 

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