Prime Minister Theresa May gave Scottish LGBT+ campaigner Stuart Duffy an award at 10 Downing Street in recognition of his volunteering
Campaigner and charity founder Stuart Duffy has been given a Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister in recognition of his work for LGBT+ rights.
The award recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their communities and inspiring others.
Stuart has created Pride organisations and events across Scotland and is dedicated to helping LGBT+ people in rural areas of Scotland have a voice.
He set up the Pink Saltire charity, which includes a news hub for LGBT+ related issues and aims to promote LGBT+ culture and history.
Last year Stuart helped set up Fife’s inaugural Pride and he has supported communities organise new Pride events in Aberdeen, Dundee and Perthshire taking place this summer.
Stuart has also embarked upon a national tour of Pride festivals where he aims to reach over 50,000 people with information celebrating LGBT history and heritage.
Each day, an individual from the UK is selected to receive the Points of Light award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Stuart received his award from the Prime Minister at No.10 Downing Street during a Pride reception, which was also attended by other Points of Light recipients who are supporting LGBT+ communities across the UK.
In a personal letter to Stuart, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Your work establishing Pink Saltire has given a voice to LGBT people living in remote areas of Scotland and is giving them the opportunity to be part of a vibrant LGBT community. You should feel proud of the new Pride events launching across Scotland as a result of your efforts.”
On receiving his award, Stuart said: “I’m incredibly proud to receive this award from the Prime Minister today. Volunteering has been an important part of my life from the age of 14 and it always gives me a real sense of achievement to contribute something to the community.
“As the founder of Pink Saltire, a charity focussing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Scotland, I’ve been inspired to help improve the representation of LGBT voices in communities around the country."