Congratulations to Sir Nick Partridge and Ben Summerskill OBE

Publish Date: 05/01/2009

Sir Nick PartridgeThe Queen's New Year's Honours list featured important inclusions marking the achievements of two high profile and prominent campaigners within the gay community.

Chief Executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Nick Partridge has been knighted, while Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, will receive an OBE for services to Equality and Diversity.

Sir Nick told the BBC: "I'm absolutely delighted. This is great recognition of the pioneering work of Terrence Higgins Trust, I'm very privileged to be honoured in this way."

THT was the first charity to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s. Named after Terrence Higgins, one of the first people in the UK to die of AIDS. THT was formed in 1982 in London.Ben Summerskill OBE

Since joining as an office manager in 1985, Sir Nick became head of THT in 1991 and has been a driving force in gaining research funding into HIV treatment.

Stonewall's chief executive was also included in the New Year's Honours List. Ben Summerskill OBE, told "We hope this will give encouragement to the 80,000 people who have supported Stonewall and made things happen. We're delighted that the honours system has marked the beginning of Stonewall's 20th anniversary year in this way."

Founded in 1989 in opposition to Section 28, Stonewall has been integral in the fight for gay rights in England and Wales.