PinkNews Awards 2020: Nominees revealed for the Third Sector Award
The organisations nominated for the Third Sector Award at the PinkNews Awards 2020 have all made meaningful contributions to LGBT+ equality over the past year.
The Third Sector Award celebrates and recognises the organisations that have championed LGBT+ equality and inclusion in their practices.
Each of the nominees for this award have shown a fierce commitment to inclusion and have gone above and beyond by celebrating the LGBT+ community.
The winner will be revealed at the PinkNews Awards 2020, which will take place virtually from December 2-4. The nominees are listed below.
Marie Curie, a registered charity that provides care and support for those who are terminally ill and their families, has shown a strong commitment to LGBT+ equality in its work.
A Stonewall Diversity Champion, in 2019 it introduced the Marie Curie Rainbow Pin, designed to let queer service users know they are welcome, and feel confident they are safe.
Alongside this, the charity developed a booklet aimed at the LGBT+ community to explain the specific support available for LGBT+ people in end of life care.
Marie Curie has also published a report looking at the barriers preventing LGBT+ people from accessing end of life care. The report drew from interviews with LGBT+ people living with terminal illnesses as well as their partners, and also looked at examples of direct discrimination faced by LGBT+ people.
St Mungo’s, a charity that helps homeless people get off the streets, has shown a firm commitment to LGBT+ equality in its work and its dealings with the community.
Staff at St Mungo’s must take mandatory diversity and inclusion training every three years, with specific training on LGBT+ inclusion, trans awareness and working with LGBT+ service users included.
The charity is one of few supported housing providers to offer LGBT+ specific housing. This project, run in partnership with Stonewall Housing, provides semi-independent housing for LGBT+ people over the age of 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
St Mungo’s has also worked with the Outside Project, Homeless Link and Stonewall housing to produce a sector guide around LGBT+ homelessness.
Victim Support works with people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales, and the charity has shown its tireless commitment to LGBT+ equality and inclusion in its workplace.
The charity has adopted gender neutral language in family policy documents that are fully inclusive of same-sex couples, trans and non-binary people.
In addition, Victim Support also ensures that all staff complete mandatory training around LGBT+ identities. The charity also offers modules to employees on issues such as domestic abuse in the LGBT+ community.
The organisation has also marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia and has ensured that all of its services are LGBT-inclusive.
The Wellcome Trust has shown its commitment to LGBT+ equality through its inclusive work practices and initiatives.
The research charity has fostered a work environment where all LGBT+ people feel comfortable to be themselves openly and honestly. This has been achieved through policies such as the use of gender neutral language and through all-staff talks, including a recent address from former Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt.
The Wellcome Trust launched its LGBT+ staff network in 2017. The group provides support to LGBT+ staff members and has run activities around LGBT History Month, Pride, Trans Pride, Black Pride and other events.
In addition, the charity also funds vital research that relates to the LGBT+ community across history, sexuality and health and other areas.
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The Young Vic theatre champions LGBT+ inclusion in all aspects of its work, both on stage and behind the scenes.
Employees at the space have worked to ensure that it is fully inclusive. All toilets are gender neutral, and the theatre has remained adamant that it will not entertain “transphobic debate” about what toilets people can use.
The Young Vic has also championed LGBT+ stories on stage. Recently, the theatre staged Carnation for a Song, which celebrated the lives and experiences of older LGBT+ Londoners. The musical was composed based on one-to-one interviews with older people, while performers were recruited through LGBT+ older people’s group such as Opening Doors.
The Young Vic also proudly displays the progress Pride flag outside its theatre in a powerful show of solidarity with queer people everywhere.