The National Diversity Awards received more than 20,000 nominations this year, which left them a very hard task when choosing who to celebrate for commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion.
The 2015 awards ceremony was presented by Brian Dowling and Charlene White, with the ceremony itself taking place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
The National Diversity Awards have been running for four years now, and this year’s awards was one of the best for honouring transgender organisations and people.
For example, Megan Key won the Positive Role Model Award (LGBT) for her work with TransGirlsCan, and Trans Masculine Support and Advice UK got the Community Organisation Award.
Megan also works with TransWorkersUK, Diversity Role Models and All About Trans, and took to twitter shortly after receiving the award to express her gratitude.
“Sincere thank you to all the love sent my way since the National Diversity Awards. I am truly bowled over and so proud to be trans.”
Paul Sesay, who is the founder of the National Diversity Awards, had this to say: “The grassroots organisations the National Diversity Awards recognise are pioneering amazing initiatives. We need to promote, empower, profile and acknowledge their extraordinary achievements.”
You can see the full list of categories and the winners below.
Positive Role Model for Age: Tunji Akintokun
Positive Role Model for Disability: Oliver Hellowell
Positive Role Model for Gender: Funke Abimbola
Positive Role Model for LGBT: Megan Key
Positive Role Model for Race, Faith & Religion: Philip Leong
Entrepreneur of Excellence: Luke Rodgers – Foster Focus
Diverse Company: The Calico Group
Community Organisation Award for Age: Include Me Too
Community Organisation Award for Disability: Havering Dementia Action Alliance
Community Organisation Award for Gender: Aurora New Dawn
Community Organisation Award for LGBT: Trans Masculine Support & Advice UK
Community Organisation Award for Race, Faith & Religion: Ujima Radio
Community Organisation Award for Multi-strand: Result CIC
Lifetime Achiever: Dr Nasser Siabi OBE