ELIZABETH II RECOGNISES BARBADIAN LGBT COMMUNITY AND NGO VIA YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Queen of England presented the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards to four young people from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Monday 22nd June.

Donnya Pigott, Kellyn George, Javon Liburd and Kenville Horne are among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

Donnya had to overcome prejudice and personal challenges when she decided to set up an advocacy group for sexual minorities. Barbados - Gays and Lesbians and All-sexuals Against Discrimination (B-Glad) is the sole lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organisation on the island. Donnya has engaged with the Prime Minister about issues facing the LGBT community and hopes to continue supporting marginalised young people in Barbados.

Donnya had to overcome prejudice and personal challenges when she decided to set up an advocacy group for sexual minorities. Barbados – Gays and Lesbians and All-sexuals Against Discrimination (B-Glad) is the sole lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organisation on the island. Donnya has engaged with the Prime Minister about issues facing the LGBT community and hopes to continue supporting marginalised young people in Barbados.

Kellyn was born with sickle cell anaemia and has endured many complications with her health. Her experiences motivated her to establish The Sickle Cell Cares Foundation in Dominica. The organisation raises awareness of the disease and aims to help those who are affected to manage their healthcare as well as possible.

Despite facing financial hardship, Javon's single mother instilled in him the value of education. This inspired Javon to set up J3H, a project that helps young people in his community in St Kitts. J3H has raised funds to give prizes to outstanding students from village schools.

Despite facing financial hardship, Javon’s single mother instilled in him the value of education. This inspired Javon to set up J3H, a project that helps young people in his community in St Kitts. J3H has raised funds to give prizes to outstanding students from village schools.

Kenville is a young father who turned his back on a life of gangs. After completing his education, he started a sports programme for disadvantaged children in St Vincent and the Grenadines. He helps them to reach their potential and raises awareness of the danger of drugs.

Before receiving their Award at Buckingham Palace the winners met the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visited the headquarters of global social networking company, Twitter and met with senior executives at the BBC World Service.

Donnya Pigott said: “I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour. I can’t wait to meet all the other Award winners in London and get involved in all the exciting activities that are taking place throughout the week.”

This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Following the ceremony on the 22nd June, Award winners will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the Award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects.

To see a full list of Award winners and Highly Commended runners up, and read more about their stories please visit by clicking HERE.

If you or someone you know is doing inspiring work like this year’s Queen’s Young Leaders, as of Monday 22nd June you can apply or nominate someone for a 2016 Award HERE.

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