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Queen honors six for fighting for LGBT equality in birthday celebration

Queen honors six for fighting for LGBT equality in birthday celebration

Today is the Queen's official birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21

This year for the Queen’s birthday, Elizabeth II has honored six people for their contributions to diversity and inclusion of LGBT people.

Those honored include well-known gay writer Stella Duffy (The Purple Shroud), who has been named Stonewall Writer of the Year twice.

‘I hope that this unexpected honour will help us push open some doors, have vital conversations, make the difference we need,’ she said.

I hope that this unexpected honour will help us push open some doors
‘I hope that this unexpected honour will help us push open some doors’

Advisors and activists Robert Hodgson – vice-Chair of the LGBT Advisory Group for the Metropolitan Police Service – and Sarah Groenewegen – senior officer and chair of the Sexual Orientation Network for the National Crime Agency – were also honored.

Jen Yockney was awarded an MBE for her work in the bisexual community, including leading BiPhoria, a group for Manchester bisexuals.

‘I’m delighted,’ she said. ‘When I came out aged sixteen at the height of Section 28 mania it was a very different world.

‘I believe I am also the first Mx [a gender nonspecific title] to be on an Honours list.’

Elly Barnes was awarded an MBE for her work as founder of Educate and Celebrate. ‘I’m absolutely gobsmacked.’

'I'm absolutely gobsmacked'
‘I’m absolutely gobsmacked’

Caroline Bovey was awarded an MBE for her work toward equality in the NHS in Wales.

Finally, Matthew Toresen from Northampton got an award for services to LGBT community

A further seven awards went to those supporting ‘diversity’.

Notably, singer Rod Stewart was knighted for contributions to music, and Britain’s first astronaut was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

He received the news while still in the space station.