Ellen Jones, a UK based LGBTI activist has been names as one of the inaugural MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) Generational Change award winners.
Jones won the award at the EMAs held in Bilbao, Spain on Sunday (4 November).
The Generational Change award acknowledged young people whose actions and initiatives have generated a positive change in the world.
MTV honored Jones and four other people under 26 years old at the EMAs. The award recognized young people who are dealing with the most difficult problems of the world through music, narration and digital media.
The other nominees came from around the world and included Afghanistan’s Sonita Alizadeh (ending child marriage), Lebanon’s Mohamad Aljounde (refugee rights advocate), USA’s Xiuhtezcatl “X Martinez (climate change) and Nigeria’s Hauwa Ojeifo (mental illness).
Hello. Guess who has won an EMA Generation Change for our campaigning work. It is us. All of us. pic.twitter.com/IoKnrP0GQ9
— Ellen Jones (@ellen__jones) November 4, 2018
About Ellen Jones
Jones’ is used to receiving prestigious recognition for her advocacy work. She mainly campaigns for LGBTI rights, mental health and disability.
In 2017 Stonewall named her its Young Campaigner of The Year after running successful campaigns tackling LGBTQ+ inequality in schools and online. As part of this she used her YouTube channel to launch an online LGBTQ+ book club, multiple educational videos and a series called Queeries. Jones hosted Queeries where she and a guest explore audience submitted questions, dealing with difficult questions in a light-hearted and accessible way.
The Observer Magazine also recognized Jones as one of the most prominent youth activists across the UK and US.
Jones also has her own podcast called Never Read The Comments. It explores the ways in which social media can be used to affect positive social change.