Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Day In Hand Honoured

A Day in Hand, LGBT History Month's sister campaign, has been awarded the prestigious Sheila McKechnie Foundation Award for Social Inclusion.

The Foundation is the UK’s only charity dedicated to connecting, informing and supporting campaigners. The awards aim to recognise individuals who are campaigning on issues that matter, locally and globally.

The awards were presented by Jon Snow (Channel 4 news) and Shami Chakrabarti (Liberty) and the winners were invited to 10 Downing Street on October 7th, to meet the UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. A video of the award ceremony is available on the Sheila McKechnie Foundation website here.

David Watkins (A Day in Hand coordinator) said “It’s great that an activist who fights for LGBT rights is being recognised by the Prime Minister. Homophobia is a human rights issue and increasing visibility of LGBT couples will help to ultimately challenge discrimination. Gaining support from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and the Prime Minister enables me to more visibly fight for the rights of LGBT people to express their love openly in public without fear of abuse.”

The winners of the awards meet the Prime Minister.

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