14 Jan 2015
Queen Elizabeth ll has honoured Barbados LGBT rights activist Donnya Piggott who is now tipped to receive the prestigious inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award in June this year.
The Award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty. The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
The winners this year is between ages 18 and 29. These are youths working on issues concerning education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality. These young adults support others, raise awareness and inspire change.
Piggot who heads the Barbados LGBTI organisation, Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination) Donnya BGLAD, was this week selected to receive the award as one of 60 young people from across the Commonwealth, including three others from the Eastern Caribbean. The other recipients from the Caribbean are Kellyn George from Dominica, Javon Liburd from St Kitts & Nevis and Kenville Horne from St Vincent & the Grenadines.
– I’m elated, happy for this award. What it does is it recognises the cause,” 24-year-old Piggott was quoted in the NATIONNEWS.com.
Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was quoted saying:
– The leadership of talented young people in all spheres of life can transform communities and societies for the better. What the 60 young people announced today have achieved is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring. “The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is poised to unlock the potential of this diverse and talented group of young people and we are delighted to be supporting them to go further and achieve more .