On the 29th of March I received a message from Meg who works at Fixers UK (https://lifesgoodbeingtransgender.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/fixers-uk-broadcast-on-itv-wales/). I was having a rubbish week with college and work and she had some ‘amazing’ news to tell me which made my week so much more happier, the message went like this:
‘We put you forward for a Diana Award for all of your amazing campaign work and you have been awarded one!!’
At that point in time, I was stood in work with a beaming smile on my face, as something positive finally happened.
On the 22nd of March 2016 I traveled to Birmingham with Jay and Dave from Pride Cymru (Thank you again!). I was awake at 4am for the long day travelling, but it was 100% worth it!
There must of been roughly 100 people there, for workshops, supporters and the award holders, it was a massive turn out. Each and every person had a blurb read out about them, hearing the young stories of children as young as 9 was amazing. When I was 9 I never imagined volunteering, let alone standing up to bullying within my Primary school so it was inspiring to see those children making a positive change. It shows that our younger generations are determined to raise money for vulnerable people, prevent bullying within their schools and campaign for causes that mean an awful lot to them.
At the awards ceremony was Rebecca Wood and Elizabeth Glinka who were presenting the awards to every individual. Whilst sat there patiently waiting for my name to be called out I got slightly scared, as walking out in front of a larger isn’t my forte, as I am more likely to fall over or make a massive idiot of myself. I had a funny feeling that I would be chosen last to collect my award, and unfortunately I was, but I made it there and back in one piece thankfully. Here is an image of me collecting my award:
I also had a intinary booklet, which included this Paragraph about me, which was wrote by Fixers UK, which honestly melted my heart and made me feel even more inspired, you can read it below;
‘Alex is a wonderful young person with a massive heart, who has been campaigning and making change for other people. Alex knew that he wasn’t supposed to be born female, but didn’t really understand the meaning of transgender until he was 15 years old – it was at this point that he decided to come out. Alex is now campaigning to make it easier for other young people to go through this process. He faced bullying and prejudice, and doesn’t want anyone else to go through the same. With Fixers, Alex has created a poster campaign encouraging those who know they are transgender to ‘make the change’. Alex is also an #Iwill ambassador, and spoke in front of thousands of people at last year’s Pride Cymru event.’
There was live music from the wonderful Larissa Eddie, and I am so looking forward to her future career because she is an amazing singer! Plus her drummer was cute, so that’s always a plus?
I still can’t believe that I was nominated and chosen to collect the Diana award, it has been another great experience for me, which I will remember for the rest of my life.
One thing I have learnt from this experience is that I can do ANYTHING if I put my mind too it, and I am so determined to carry on my campaigning for as long as I need too!!
Once again I have been given an amazing opportunity, and I’m so excited for what my Diana Award brings. I am super thankful to everyone who has helped me to get to where I am today, I owe you all!
Find out more about the Diana Award here!