The Navajo Awards were held yesterday and, once again, proved to be an inspirational afternoon.
In-Trust Chair, Tony Griffin, was compere for the event and welcomed young people from YPAS and GYRO to relate what life was like for them. Their personal accounts belied the disappointing fact that life continues to be tough for young LGBT+ people.
YPAS also launched their campaign, Teach The Teachers, which is a ten point manifesto to encourage teachers to improve the school lives of our LGBT+ youth. The campaign also includes a campaign song and it’s so inspiring to hear such a catchy song with on-point lyrics written by a talented youngster of just 13 years old!
Tony Griffin said of the event, “It’s always hard for me to judge but, this year, I am certain that the stories our young people shared brought tears to even the driest eye”, and went on to thank the volunteer assessors (without whom Navajo would not be able to function), and welcomed this year’s award winners into the partnership.
The award winners were Countess of Chester Hospital, Quality Protects Children, Hugh Baird College, and Liverpool John Moors University. Whilst, the Jane Roden Award was awarded to Michelle Winstanley for her outstanding work helping to improve the lives of Trans people.
So now Navajo looks forward to next year. If you want to be part of it and get your very own chartermark that lets people know you do more than just tick the boxes when it comes to the LGBT+ community, then email Tony.
More information about Navajo and what it involves can be found on the Navajo page.