UK celebrities applaud National Diversity Awards
Stephen Fry and Beverley Knight support diversity awards. Gay Star News nominated for LGBT community work
Britain's celebrities have come out in force to support the 2012 National Diversity Awards.
The ceremony dedicates one night to honor individuals and organizations who tackle social issues like racism and homophobia in the country.
English multi-hyphenate Stephen Fry, named the second most influential in Britain in 2007, commented on the importance of the National Diversity Awards.
'The UK is becoming more and more diverse,' said Fry. 'It is valuable that a national event is being held to celebrate our differences'.
'We are every kind of people,' said British R&B singer songwriter Beverley Knight also lending her support. 'I love the idea that there is an awards ceremony that celebrates our differences and their positive effect on all our lives.'
UK paralympic sport couple Barney and Sarah Storey emphasized the impact of the awards on underrepresented communities. 'The rich tapestry of our nation comes from the fact that we are blessed with talented individuals from across the globe who chose to work and live in the UK,' said the couple.
'Many are providing opportunities to others and inspiring less fortunate people from similar backgrounds to follow their dreams.'
Booming-v0iced British actor Brian Blessed is also backing the awards.
Awards include positive role model, entrepreneurial of excellence and lifetime achievers' award. The National Diversity Awards has received over a thousand nominations from the general public. Gay Star News is nominated for the community award in the LGBT category for its impact in reporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news.