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Here are all the nominees for Campaigner of the Year · PinkNews

Here are all the nominees for Campaigner of the Year · PinkNews

The Campaigner of the Year Award seeks to recognise the work of campaigners and activists throughout the world to advance LGBT+ equality.

In 2017 Jonny Benjamin picked up the award for his work as a psychological heath campaigner and founder of ‘Find Mike’. The marketing campaign helped monitor down the man who stopped Benjamin taking is personal life and raised consciousness for psychological well being throughout the UK and the relaxation of the world.

The winner of the 2018 award will probably be introduced at the PinkNews Awards on October 17.

You possibly can forged your vote right here.

Carla Ecola

(Cara Ecola)

Carla Ecola is the founder of LGBTIQ Outdoors, the UK’s first LGBT+ disaster/homeless shelter and group sponsor.

The issue Carla is making an attempt to unravel is the larger charges of homelessness suffered by LGBT+ individuals, which suggests a big proportion of these on our streets are inside the LGBT+ group. 25 % of trans individuals expertise homelessness sooner or later of their life.

Carla publicly launched the undertaking at Delight in London 2017, and through the summer time of 2017 crowdfunded £11.5k, and delivered a shelter and group hub by way of grant funding between December 2017-March 2018.

Following the success of this pilot they acquired help from the Mayor of London by way of the Tough Sleeping Innovation Fund to develop right into a 24/7 service.

They are presently wanting for a everlasting venue to launch the undertaking full time.

Frank Mugisha

(Frank Mugisha)

Frank Mugisha is an Ugandan LGBT+ campaigner, and the government director of Sexual Minorities Uganda. In 2017 he was named one of the world’s biggest leaders by Fortune Journal, having beforehand been awarded the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2011.

Frank is preventing towards the homophobic legal guidelines of his native Uganda.

In the previous few years, his activism targeted on the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act signed in by the President of Uganda in 2014. The Constitutional Courtroom of Uganda dominated the Act invalid in the similar yr.

Frank is lively in TCEN (The Commonwealth Equality Community) the place he shares greatest follow with activists in different Commonwealth nations, and this yr was half of the TCEN delegation to CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly) the place he together with others lobbied for the inclusion of LGBT+ points on the major agenda.

His work has the potential to vary the lives of the 41 million individuals resident in Uganda in addition to affect these of hundreds of thousands extra all through the African continent and additional afield.

Jason Jones and Peter Laverack

(Jason Jones)

Jason Jones is an LGBT+ activist born in Trinidad and Tobago, who now resides in the United Kingdom. Peter Laverack is a world human rights barrister who represented Jason in the case and beforehand labored at the Human Dignity Belief bringing strategic human rights litigation.

In 2017 Jason introduced a case in the Trinidadian courts to repeal colonial ‘buggery’ legal guidelines that carried the most penalty of 25 years in jail. Earlier this yr in April 2018, the ruling judged that sections of the Act have been unconstitutional, putting down the regulation.

The case is critical not solely as a result of of its impression on the residents of Trinidad and Tobago. Firstly, it’s a constructive instance in a area of the world that lags behind on LGBT+ points.

Besides for an analogous ruling in Belize in 2016, there was little progress in the area, and in February 2018 Bermuda turned the world’s first nation to reverse a regulation legalising same-sex marriage.

Secondly, the judgment has an impact on the seven different Caribbean nations which have the Privy Council as the highest courtroom of attraction, which means rollback of decriminalisation couldn’t occur in future if comparable buggery legal guidelines have been overturned in different nations.

John O’Doherty

(John O’Doherty)

John O’Doherty is the director of the Rainbow Challenge. The Rainbow Challenge is a well being organisation working to enhance the bodily, psychological, and emotional wellbeing of LGBT individuals in Northern Eire. It’s the largest LGBT organisation in Northern Eire.

Rainbow Venture is a member of a consortium of organisations forming the Love Equality Marketing campaign, which pushes for equal marriage in Northern Eire.

This yr, the Rainbow Challenge has had a busy yr particularly in its work progressing similar intercourse marriage.

In October 2017 it introduced a brand new partnership with Stonewall to ship office equality programmes in Northern Eire. In June 2018 a regulation permitting males convicted of abolished homosexual intercourse offences to hunt a pardon was handed, that the Rainbow Venture labored to realize alongside the MoJ.

In September 2018 it coordinated a press release from 29 giant corporations, together with Citi, Deloitte, and PwC, to calling on Theresa Might to legalise homosexual marriage in Northern Eire.

Northern Eire is the final remaining half of the United Kingdom to realize similar intercourse marriage, regardless of fashionable opinion, a majority of lawmakers being in favour, and regardless of the Republic of Eire’s legalisation of similar intercourse marriages.

John and his group at the Rainbow Challenge have the potential to vary the lives of many in Northern Eire, profitable a symbolic battle too and bringing Northern Eire consistent with the relaxation of the nation.

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera

(Rosanna Flamer-Caldera)

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera is the government director of Equal Floor, the principal LGBT organisation in Sri Lanka.

The organisation works particularly intently with the L, B and T communities in the direction of tackling human rights, sexual well being, and gender-based violence points.

Rosanna has beforehand been co-secretary common of ILGA, the Worldwide Lesbian and Homosexual Affiliation.

In 2018, Rosanna has served as the chair of The Commonwealth Equality Community, a community of round 33 LGBT organisations from commonwealth nations. 2018 was an enormous yr for TCEN. TCEN despatched a majority of its activists to London to take part in the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly, to aim to place LGBT rights on the agenda.

The community managed to realize assurances from a quantity of member governments on their dedication to LGBT rights, and Theresa Might made an unprecedented apology for the homophobic legal guidelines caused by British colonialism.

As an activist working in a rustic of 22m individuals, Rosanna is pioneering the LGBT rights battle not solely in her personal nation by means of Equal Floor, however all throughout the world as the chair of TCEN in a seminal yr.

She stays targeted on attaining decriminalisation earlier than 2020 – with the current success in India offering a boon for the different nations in the area.

Shon Faye

(Shon Faye)

Shon Faye is a author and activist on LGBT+ points with a concentrate on ladies’s rights and psychological well being.

Shon has written on LGBT+ points for The Guardian, The Unbiased, Vice, and Angle – and can also be an editor-at-large with Dazed, the bi-monthly fashion journal. In December 2017, Owen Jones named her amongst some of Britain’s rising sensible trans voices.

In 2018, Shon has stepped up and targeted her activism and writing on trans ladies’s points, countering the false narratives in the mainstream media about the authorities’s deliberate evaluate of the Gender Recognition Act.

She advocates for trans ladies to have entry to rape and home violence providers, working as Stonewall Cymru’s trans liaison officer and collaborating in an UN Ladies marketing campaign.

In a time when trans voices are not being heard, and anti-trans voices are being amplified, the potential of Shon’s activism to vary lives and stop hurt for the group is significant.

Vicky Beeching

(Vicky Beeching)

Out lesbian Vicky Beeching is a practising evangelical and a musician, who is understood for her work selling LGBT+ inclusivity in Christianity.

All through the early 2000s, Beeching made a reputation for herself as the British Christian rock star enjoying on America’s conservative Bible Belt circuit.

For years, Beeching battled together with her sexuality, and even had an exorcism at a Christian youth camp as a youngster. In 2013, the she began running a blog in favour of equal marriage, angering some anti-LGBT+ Christians.

And, in 2014, Beeching publicly got here out as a lesbian throughout an interview with the Unbiased.

Since popping out, Beeching has continued to advocate for LGBT+ equality in faith, and has repeatedly clashed with the Evangelical Alliance over its stance on homosexual marriage and different queer points.

She launched her first e-book–Undivided: Coming Out, Turning into Entire, and Dwelling Free from Disgrace–in June 2018, which particulars the relationship between her sexuality and her religion.

All the campaigners who led to decriminalisation of homosexuality in India


In September 2018, the Indian Supreme Courtroom dominated unanimously that Part 377 of the Indian Penal Code, criminalising same-sex sexual actions, was unconstitutional.

The unique laws was launched throughout the British rule of India and was modelled on the United Kingdom’s Buggery Act. There have been 24 years of authorized challenges towards the regulation.

There have been 5 petitioners who have been signatories to the petition that succeeded in September, however the many challenges over the previous couple of many years had an important position in making certain its repeal.

The petitioners have been additionally aided by nationwide and worldwide charities and marketing campaign teams together with the Naz Basis and the Kaleidoscope Belief.

In 2009 the Delhi excessive courtroom dominated towards the repeal however this was overturned by the Supreme Courtroom 4 years later.

The impression of this alteration can’t be understated. As the second most populous nation in the world, as much as 104 million LGBT individuals have been affected by this alteration in the regulation.

There isn’t any one individual accountable for these efforts – the LGBT group in India and internationally pulled collectively, each by way of legislative and judicial routes, to push for change over a quantity of years.

All the campaigners for marriage equality in Australia


In November 2017, only one month after the 2017 PinkNews Awards, a nationwide referendum efficiently modified the regulation permitting for same-sex couples to marry in Australia. The sure vote carried 62 % of the vote, to the no vote’s 38 %.

Earlier than the July 2016 federal election in Australia, the Turnbull authorities promised to carry a nationwide vote on same-sex marriage.

After wrangling over the type the vote would take – leading to a voluntary postal vote somewhat than a obligatory plebiscite/referendum – postal votes started to be despatched out on 12 September 2017.

The Australian Marriage Equality group was an advocacy group that turned the essential campaigning group for marriage equality in Australia.

After a heated marketing campaign that noticed a number of former prime ministers, CEOs, and celebrities come out in favour of marriage equality, this dedicated workforce of individuals comprised of all sectors of society prevailed.

As a rustic of 25m individuals, in addition to one of the final English-speaking developed nations to undertake same-sex marriage, this has a huge effect on the individuals of Australia, and sends a robust message to different nations the place same-sex marriage stays unlawful.

The PinkNews Awards is supported by Lloyds Banking Group.

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