Scotland: National LGBT Youth Awards 2013 Winners!

LGBT Youth Scotland celebrated the achievement of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people at Awards as part of their annual National Gathering event. 120 young people attended the ceremony with Awards being presented to young people, youth groups and organisations committed to improving services for LGBT young people.

Award winners included David Corr, a young person from Glasgow who took an active role in the ‘Don’t Closet Mental Health’ campaign about mental health and LGBT young people.  Susannah McWhirter received the South Ayrshire award for her work in combatting homophobia in schools after experiencing homophobic bullying herself.  In national prizes, Nancy Russell won ‘Young Activist of the Year’ in recognition of their involvement in the Equal Marriage campaign.  Other winners included Parents Enquiry Scotland, a helpline for the parents and families of LGBT people.  ‘Youth Group of the Year’ went to Allsorts, an LGBT youth group for young people aged 13 to 25 in Dundee.

The LGBT Inspiration Award was presented to the LGBT 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes.  Claire Harvey, ParalympicsGB sitting volleyball player, accepted the Award through a recorded message on behalf of the athletes.  Claire said ‘It means a lot to us to know that we are doing what we are doing but hopefully we are inspiring you, the young people, to live your dream and fulfill your potential’.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said “The achievement of these young people is truly inspirational.  I would like to congratulate all of the worthy award winners and say thank you to our sponsors and partners for supporting our work.”

Gary Lamont, of BBC Scotland’s “River City” hosted the Awards.  Last year Gary won the LGBT Inspiration Award, voted by young people.  Lucy Spraggan and Karen Dunbar both provided video messages in support of LGBT young people, shown on the night.  Awards were sponsored by a wide range of partner organisations with the West of Scotland LGBT Forum sponsoring the overall event.

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LGBT Inspiration sponsored by LEAP Sports awarded to LGBT Olympic & Paralympic Athletes

Inspiring campaign sponsored by Ayrshire College awarded to Inspiring Change, Ayrshire Peer Ed Group

Most LGBT friendly organisation sponsored by Anchor Mill Consultancy awarded to University of St Andrews

Most LGBT friendly organisation sponsored by Anchor Mill Consultancy awarded to East Dunbartonshire Council

Individual Achievement, Glasgow sponsored by Glasgow Life awarded to David

Individual Achievement, South Ayrshire sponsored by South Ayrshire Council awarded to Susannah

Individual Achievement, East Ayrshire sponsored by East Ayrshire Council awarded to Emma

Individual Achievement, Falkirk sponsored by Falkirk Council awarded to Alan

Individual Achievement, Dundee sponsored by Dundee City Council awarded to Marc

Individual Achievement, Clackmannanshire sponsored by Clackmannanshire Council awarded to Natasha

Individual Achievement, Perth sponsored by Perth Youth Services awarded to Kieran

Individual Achievement, Inverness & Highland sponsored by Brook Highland awarded to Ruby

Learner of the year sponsored by Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association awarded to Eilidh

Most active young person sponsored by TASC/FAQ Scotland awarded to Gemma

Peer educator of the year sponsored by Respectme awarded to Morgan

Best newcomer – NYC sponsored by British Youth Council awarded to Ross

Young activist of the year sponsored by ScotsGay awarded to Nancy

Charter Mark awarded to Ayrshire College- Access and Inclusion (HIVE) Kilmarnock Campus

Charter Mark awarded to The Department for Sexual Health – NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Outstanding achievement sponsored by British Transport Police awarded to Parents Enquiry Scotland

Best local project sponsored by Equality Network awarded to Download

Best national project sponsored by NHS Fife Equality & Human Rights awarded to Adult Volunteering project

Best event sponsored by Terrence Higgins Trust awarded to Time for Tea

Involving young people award sponsored by CLD Standards Council awarded to Sexual Health and Relationships Youth Team

Best new group sponsored by Young Scot awarded to TYG

Youth Group of the year sponsored by Youth Scotland awarded to Allsorts

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