Emery Johnson Astills & Pride Announce Award Winner

Leicester Pride and Leicestershire based solicitors Emery Johnson Astills joined forces recently to create the first Unsung Heroes Awards for outstanding individuals and their contributions within the local LGBT community. The winner was revealed at the prestigious Pride Ball on Friday 28th August.

A shortlist of 6, all worthy winners, was picked by a panel of judges, all who make their own contributions to the LGBT community in some form or another. Panelists were Simon Harrison and Martyn Parker from Leicester Pride, Kevin Urquhart and Jonathan Fraser from dluxe Magazine, Carey York and Jonathan Foster from Emery Johnson Astills, Jonathan Lampon from the BBC and Nikolai Foster from The Curve. Those that were shortlisted were the organization at Trade Sexual Health, Angela Perry, Bernard Greaves, David Peet, Mike Evans and Darren Goddard.

Each and every nominee has touched the lives of many in some way or another, but Bernard Greaves was crowned the winner and handed the engraved award. Bernard came to Leicester in the late 1970’s, at a time when Gayline (the precursor to Leicester LGBT Centre) was formed. Gayline moved into Bernard’s home in 1980 and since then Bernard has remained a pivotal figure in the gay rights movement locally. His local work has included serving as Chair of the local Primary Care Trust and as an independent member of the local Police Authority. During all his work he has always kept LGBT at the core of his motives and actions. Bernard has been a member of the Board of Directors at Leicester LGBT Centre and most recently wrote the book, Untold Stories – Capturing LGBT Memories, the compilation of over 100 personal stories and memories of local LGBT people and their allies. A worthy winner indeed!