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UK Prime Minister Theresa May awards ‘outstanding’ Student Pride founder

UK Prime Minister Theresa May awards ‘outstanding’ Student Pride founder

Founder of National Student Pride, Tom Guy

UK Prime Minister Theresa May awarded National Student Pride founder Tom Guy today (21 February).

The Points of Light award recognizes ‘outstanding’ individuals ‘who are making a change in their community.’

Annually held in February to coincide with LGBTI History Month, National Student Pride is the largest student-led LGBTI event in the UK.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Tom said: ‘I’m honored to pick up this award, but I want to stress the amazing work my team do for Student Pride.

‘On behalf of the team, it is important to receive this recognition.’

‘Outstanding commitment’

In a personal letter, the Prime Minister praised ‘the extraordinary success of National Student Pride’.

Alongside Tom’s ‘outstanding commitment to helping young LGBT people feel comfortable in their identity.’

She said: ‘By bringing together students from across the UK and internationally you have built a remarkable platform for young LGBT voices to be heard.’

‘Giving people a safe space’

Notably, Tom is the 1,127th winner of the Points of Light award.

Previous winners range from trans activist Jacqui Gavin to Johnathon Harborn, who founded the UK LGBT Archive.

‘Enabling tens of thousands of students in FE colleges and universities to experience their first pride event,’ is what Tom is most proud of.

He added: ‘Giving people a safe space to be with like-minded people’ is what is important to National Student Pride.’

Moreover, their main stage panels continue to be a talking point.

‘Since 2012 we’ve worked to ensure our panels represent everyone.

‘But, we try to tackle taboo subjects such as mental health in 2014 too.’

This year one of their panels focuses on the 50-year commemoration of the Stonewall Riots.

‘Pride Not Prejudice’

Furthermore, Tom founded the organization in 2005 as a student at Oxford Brookes University to promote progressive voices on campus and tackle homophobia.

Moreover, across three years it attracted over 1,700 students from more than 170 universities and colleges worldwide.

Significantly, this year’s Student Pride will pivotally hold a panel to challenge racism in the LGBTI scene.

‘Pride Not Prejudice’ will see Munroe Bergdorf, BBC LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte, Brexit whistleblower Shamir Sanni and UK Black Pride representative Moud Gouba talk it out.

Likewise, other performers and speakers this year include Trinity the Tuck and Ian McKellen.

Similarly, this week National Student Pride called on the BBC to allow same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing.

For more information, visit the official National Student Pride website. Gay Star News is a media partners of National Student Pride.

See also:

Kylie Minogue to headline Brighton & Hove Pride 2019

Why National Student Pride has broken ties with the NUS LGBT+ campaign

Courtney Act and Calum Scott to perform at National Student Pride