Role models and charities from underrepresented backgrounds that work at the core of our communities were recognized at The National Diversity Awards for their hard work and commitment to equality and diversity.
Amongst the winners was London based trans activist Paris Lees, who scooped up a gong for positive role model of the year for LGBT.
Paris, who is rapidly emerging as a rising star, quickly established herself as a commentator for issues on diversity, being instrumental in important debates with channel 4 and writing articles for the likes of the guardian, the independent, attitude magazine and pink news. Most notable she recently launched unique magazine, Meta, critically engaging with sometimes controversial and often cutting edge topics.
Fighting off stiff competition, runners up in this category included CEO of step forward, Jennifer Fear, and Christine Burns, who pioneered for the rights of trans people through ground breaking equality work.