At one time all British spies were like James Bond – straight, white and middle class. But no longer. MI5, the British secret service, is backing gay, trans and other diversity by sponsoring the 2013 National Diversity Awards.
They will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models and community organizations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.
The awards may not have a golden gun but they hope inspiring positive role models will prove a silver bullet to enhancing all diverse communities and building a more inclusive Britain.
An MI5 spokesperson said: ‘To safeguard the UK against threats to national security requires talented people, and those people aren’t found in any one particular section of society.
‘People from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures have stimulating and rewarding careers at MI5 and their in-depth knowledge and understanding of a variety of communities and cultures isn’t just an advantage – it is crucial for our work’.
MI5 was perviously named as one of the top 100 employers for gay people by Stonewall, the leading LGB charity in the UK.
Transport for London (TfL) which runs the famous Underground network, international accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), media giants Sky, and retail and banking group The Co-operative are the other new sponsors announced for this year’s awards.
TV personality Brian Dowling will be hosting the ceremony and said: ‘I am excited to host The National Diversity Awards for a second year in a row. Last year was an amazing night filled with so many inspirational people; it made a change to be at an event that recognised the different variety of talent that the UK has to offer.’
Openly gay Dowling said he was looking forward to what this year’s awards ceremony would bring and celebrating a fantastic array of role models and charities.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday 20 September at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.
Gay Star News is an official media partner of The National Diversity Awards 2013.