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LGBT Foundation's Patrick Ettenes Wins LGBT Role Model of the Year

Published: 24 September 2019 Tags: By Joe Nellist

We are incredibly proud to announce that LGBT Foundation's Patrick Ettenes has won the National Diversity Award for LGBT Role Model of the Year. Patrick Ettenes was named LGBT role model of the year for raising awareness and understanding of HIV and dementia

Patrick Ettenes is living with HIV and early onset, frontal lobe atrophy, dementia, the youngest person diagnosed in the UK with the particular diagnoses. He has campaigned to raise understanding and awareness around these diseases and to bring about change in society to enable people to live better with them. This includes as a member of 3 Nations Dementia Working Group, LGBT Foundation and founder of LGBT Dementia Network. Patrick has spoken about his experiences at events across the UK. His university lecturing includes with Alzheimer’s Society and National Dementia Action Alliance about his own story and the ground-breaking ‘Bring Dementia Out’ innovation project.

Over 28,000 people were nominated this year's National Diversity Awards alone, with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide. Community organisations and role models from across the UK attended the award ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 20th September to witness the 2019 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

The evening was kicked off by founder of the NDA’s Paul Sesay, discussing the importance of the National Diversity Awards and what inspired him to create the ceremony.

“Each year we witness selfless work being carried out by community groups and role models who do not ask for the thanks and praise that they deserve”. Said Mr Sesay. “It is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Katie Piper and Adam Hills amongst many. Talk show legend Graham Norton said;

“Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart, which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, you all deserve to win!”

Patrick Ettenes said;

"It is a true honour to be recognised in this way for the work that I have done to support and champion other. I am living proof that through trial and tribulations, someone who has faced an abusive relationship, a nervous breakdown, homelessness, substance abuse and to find out I had early onset dementia could still come out and make something for himself and utilise each and every situation to better not only myself but also others. That is the true diversity within myself."



The full list of winners is as follows:

Positive Role Model for Age:

Emily White

Positive Role Model for Disability:

Myles Sketchley

Positive Role Model for Gender:

Joss Cambridge-Simmons

Positive Role Model for LGBT:

Patrick Ettenes

Positive Role Model for Race, Faith & Religion:

Darryl Laycock

Community Organisation Award for Age:

The Hive Youth Zone

Community Organisation Award for Disability:

The Josephine & Jack Project

Community Organisation Award for Gender:

Andys Man Club

Community Organisation Award for LGBT:

CliniQ

Community Organisation Award for Race, Faith & Religion:

Musicians in Exile – The Glasgow Barons

Community Organisation Award for Multi-strand:

L6 Community Association

Entrepreneur of Excellence:

Codilia Gapare

Celebrity of the Year:

Sir Lenny Henry OBE

Diverse Company:

Specsavers

Lifetime Achiever:

Rodney Hinds