RECOG­NIS­ING AND RE­WARD­ING LGBTQ EX­CEL­LENCE.

Gay Times Magazine - - CULTURE - Images cour­tesy of Won­der­hatch and dwell Words Wil­fred Brice

As LGBTQ Pride cel­e­bra­tions draw to a close in the UK for 2018, we de­cided to re­flect on those in­di­vid­u­als who work tire­lessly to serve the com­mu­nity and the fight for equal­ity all year round.

It’s some­times the peo­ple be­hind the or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and so­cial en­ter­prises who get for­got­ten when the spot­light is of­ten on celebri­ties or those in the pub­lic eye. In or­der to recog­nise and re­ward LGBTQ ex­cel­lence, we teamed up with dwell, the home fur­nish­ing com­pany to give one lucky in­di­vid­ual the chance to a home fur­nish­ing makeover, com­plete with the lat­est de­sign-led fur­ni­ture and decor.

We’ve spent the last three months look­ing through hun­dreds of nom­i­na­tions for your Pride hero. We’ve been in­spired by the nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als from around the would who have fundraised for LGBTQ causes, worked reg­u­larly to help LGBTQ youth, and cam­paigned tire­lessly to en­sure the next gen­er­a­tion of queer peo­ple have the equal rights we all de­serve. High­lights in­cluded in­di­vid­u­als who have vol­un­teered to lead Pride or­gan­i­sa­tions in ma­jor cities around the world, in­di­vid­u­als who work with­out pay and fundraise for many of our char­ity part­ners such as Kalei­do­scope Trust and The Al­bert Kennedy Trust, and oth­ers who have vol­un­teered to man tele­phone helplines to pro­vide sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to the world’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

It was al­most im­pos­si­ble to se­lect just one per­son from all the en­tries, but we’ve now ar­rived at the ex­cit­ing time where, as you read this, dwell is deck­ing out the win­ner with a home makeover of their dreams. Our Pride hero has the op­por­tu­nity to work with dwell on fur­nish­ing their home — mean­ing en­joy­ing a brand new sofa and din­ing ta­ble for their liv­ing room, or that much-needed wardrobe ex­pan­sion in their bed­room.

In Oc­to­ber, we’ll be un­veil­ing our Pride hero with dwell, telling you all about the amaz­ing work they do for our com­mu­nity and best of all, you’ll be able to take a be­hind-the-scenes look at how the team at dwell have trans­formed this spe­cial and well-de­served in­di­vid­u­als home. Make sure you keep an eye on gaytimes.co.uk and @gay­times­mag next month.

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