National Diversity Awards Nominees Announced

The nominees for the National Diversity Awards were announced on August 11th. Taking place on September 21st 2012, the Awards will celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations who advance diversity, equality and social inclusion.

The National Diversity Awards were instituted following the London riots, as a way of providing more positive role models for people from diverse backgrounds. Rather than focusing on the rights of a specific group, the awards strive to celebrate many different aspects of diversity and human rights, including ethnic diversity, anti-ageism, disability rights, LGBT rights and gender diversity.

As well as offering recognition to the hard work of individual activists and achievers who enhance equality, the Awards also honour organisations whose grass-roots work helps address some of the most serious issues in society. Award categories include Positive Role Models, Lifetime Achievement, Community Organisation, Diverse Companies and Entrepreneurs of Excellence.

The black-tie award event will be held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and will be hosted by TV presenter Brian Dowling.

Individuals nominated for Lifetime awards include longtime LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, gender diversity activist Christine Burns and black journalist and activist Louis Julienne. Nominees in the Positive Role Model category include social entrepreneur Bekezela Nsingo and racial equality campaigner Zita Holbourne.

This year's Community Organisation nominees include Liverpool charity The Anthony Walker Foundation, which works to combat racial hatred through art, education and community sporting events. The charity was founded following the death of teenager Anthony Walker, who died in an arson attack. Also nominated for their work in combating racism are Support Against Racist Incidents (SARI) and Rukus.

LGBT community organisations nominated for the awards are Mind Out, an organisation supporting LGBT people with mental health needs; Trans Media Watch, which aims to promote positive depictions of trans people in the media and to challenge negative approaches and stereotypes; and LGBT Youth Scotland.

The Diverse Companies category seeks to celebrate the achievements of companies that promote diversity through their recruitment policies and the makeup of their staff; nominees include the Co-Operative group. The Entrepreners of Excellence category honours individual businesspeople from diverse backgrounds.



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