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The LGBTQ North East awards are organised by Rainbow Foundation Sunderland, a charitable project supporting LGBTQ life in Wearside.
The LGBTQ North East Awards annual event was held last week (Thursday 16th May) and celebrated the contributions made by organisations, individuals and community groups to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, and queer community across the region.
The event was held at The New Sundial in South Shields, which North Star Equality & Diversity team attended as we were one of the six finalists in the category for Inspirational Workplace award for continued efforts to make their workplaces inclusive.
The event was very vibrant and colourful with plenty of fun individuals. Unfortunately, North Star just missed out on the awards but we were up against some tough finalists including Gentoo, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue, Barclays, Sunderland Council and Northumbrian Water.
Other awards and finalists are listed below:
Inclusive Arts & Media Award
Highly Commended – Pride Radio
Winner – Curious Arts
Creating Safer Learning Spaces Award
Highly Commended – Alphabetti Theatre
Winner – Benfield School, Newcastle
Charity & Community Initiative
Highly Commended – Northumberland Pride
Winner – Hidayah
Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life Award
Highly Commended – Tess Tickle
Winner – Drew Dalton
Ally of the Year Award
Highly Commended – Lucy Malarkey
Winner – Jay Anderson
Inspirational Workplace Award
Highly Commended – Gentoo
Winner – Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue
Louise Evan-Wong, a lesbian activist in the region, and Gary Short, best-known for his drag alter-ego also received awards on the evening in the form of a Special Recognition award and a Lifetime Achievement award for Gary.
On behalf of the Equality and Diversity group, we would just like to thank everyone for your hard work and ask everyone to keep it up as we would like to be winners next year.