RECOGNISING AND REWARDING LGBTQ EXCELLENCE.
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.