On Friday the 4th of May 2018 (May the Fourth Be With You Bish) I attended the Stonewall Youth Awards after completing the Stonewall Young Campaigners Program! The day was a chance to celebrate the work we’d all done or the therefor lack of work I’d done (I’m so busy it’s horrible!) it was so good seeing the friends I made on the residential and meeting even more new people from the south version of the program, including a Tory LGBT+ activist! (which I’m still trying to get my head around)
Jade from Little Mix was there to present the Young Campaigner of the Year award and to speak of why being an Ally is important to her! Seeing the amazing people I went on the residential with was so special! I love them all so bloody much! They are the people who inspired me to start You Are You, Gay Culture ‘The Podcast’ as well as to accept my gender and sexuality just as it is. Because believe it or not before my work with Stonewall I knew very little about this stuff, even my own sexuality was confusing to me, and now I know so much and continue to learn every day about myself and others and how anyone could hate such a beautiful, diverse and accepting community is beyond me!
By far my personal highlight was meeting Ruth Hunt! Me and fellow young campaigner Tom weren’t over fussed that one of Little Mix was there but we were keen to meet Ruth! After debating if we should we did and she was even more amazing in real life! Meeting someone in real life after seeing loads of videos online is totally different, it feels real and speaking to her face to face was everything! She has a way with words that is both calming and inspiring!