Youth volunteers honoured for anti-homophobia campaigns

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Youth volunteers Alice McKee and Michael Young have been named as Stonewall Young Campaigners of the Year 2014 for their work to improve the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The annual Youth Awards saw Sir Ian McKellan presenting awards to individuals who have helped to promote equality across Britain.

21-year-old Michael Young a student at Newcastle College's School of English and Maths, was recognised for his commitment to highlighting the need for more work to be done in the fight against homophobic bullying in his local area. He carried out research and spoke to over 100 school pupils and teachers before producing a report with recommendations to help a local school and college. Michael said: ‘To be recognised for my work as a Stonewall young volunteer is very rewarding, as not only is the work that Stonewall does very important to me, it is also very inspiring to know that I have been involved with other young people to change attitudes. I feel really proud of this achievement.’