UK Black Pride has been nominated for a prestigious LGBT Community Organisation Award at The National Diversity Awards 2013.

The awards celebrate the excellence and inspirational achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across Britain. Nominees are recognised in fields of diversity including race, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation.

Pav Akhtar, a Director of UK Black Pride, said: “Since 2005 we have worked from inside the African, Asian andCaribbeanlesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities to reach out, engage, and build a more inclusive society. For a not-for-profit group like ours to be nominated is really humbling, as it is really a testament to the uncompromising support from Black and LGBT people and our allies.”

Winners of  The National Diversity Awards 2013, in association with Microsoft UK, will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Queens Hotel,Leeds, on 20 September. The event will bring together Britain’s most inspirational people to honour the rich diversity of our nation, recognising individuals and community groups that have contributed to building a more inclusive and just society.

Among last year’s winners were friends of UK Black Pride: the gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, who won a Lifetime Achiever Award, and Black trade union activist, Zita Holbourne, who was recognised as a Positive Role Model for Race. The Anthony Walker Foundation, which was set up after the brutal murder of its teenage namesake in an unprovoked racial attack, was also a winner.

Big Brother host, Brian Dowling, and CBeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell, will host this year’s event. Other high-profile supporters backing the event include Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight and Ade Adepitan, as well as Paralympic champion, Jody Cundy, and journalist, Amal Fashanu.

Microsoft UK leads a number of high-profile sponsors, including The Co-operative group, The Open University and Price Waterhouse Coopers, to support the largest diversity awards ceremony of its kind.

Theresa McHenry, from 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.”

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.”

 

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