It's a new year and nominations are opening for the UK's largest
The National Diversity Awards is a unique event that celebrates
some of the most excellent and inspiring achievements of positive
role models and community organisations from all over the UK.
The awards' primary objective is to promote equal opportunities
for every minority background or alternative lifestyle, including
age, disability, race, faith, gender identity and sexual
orientation. The awards recognise all the hard work and dedication
that charities and community organisations have given to create a
more diverse, friendly and inclusive society.
For the second year DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska will join the
judging panel to decide which nominees receive recognition at the
glamorous awards ceremony.
Support for previous years' events has come from celebrities
such as Stephen Fry and journalist and TV presenter Amal Fashanu
(pictured at the event last year), the 23-year-old niece
of the out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu.
Amal Fashanu began a campaign to tackle homophobia in football,
after her uncle Justin tragically committed suicide in 1998. Amal
created a documentary that aired on the BBC in hopes of discovering
why there are still no openly gay footballers in the premiere
Theresa McHenry, HR director at Microsoft UK comments that "the
National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognize the
extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities".
Nominations open this month, so make sure you don't miss the
chance to vote for your favourite positive role model. You can vote
via their website www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk,
or for a nomination form email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ceremony will take place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on 20
September2013. Paul Sesay, the chief executive of the National
Diversity Awards said, "If ever there was a time to celebrate and
elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to
offer - it is now".