The 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List has recognised individuals campaigning and working towards women’s and LGBT equality.
The Honours List, published on Saturday 11th June, included an OBE for Shaista Gohir, Trustee and Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK, for her services to gender equality and Muslim women’s rights. MBEs were received by Elly Barnes, Founder and CEO of Educate and celebrate, for her services to equality and diversity in education; Matthew Toresen, Community Development Officer of Voluntary Impact in Northampton, for his services to LGBT equality; and Jen Yockney for her services to the bisexual community.
Helene Reardon-Bond OBE, Government Equalities Office Acting Director said, “I am pleased to congratulate everyone who has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.”
“The Government Equalities Office is truly grateful for their efforts and dedication to promote and support key issues for women and LGB&T people.”
“They have surpassed expectations in helping to fulfil our goal of extending opportunity to all.”
The news comes as the Press Association has reported a four-year low of the Queen’s birthday honours going to women. This year, women have made up 47 per cent of the list, compared to last year where women overtook men.
Amongst the women honoured were veteran entertainer Dame Vera Lynn who becomes a Companion of Honour; Paralympian Martine Wiltshire, who lost both legs in the 7/7 bombings, was made an MBE; and journalist Janet Street Porter is made a CBE.
The Press Association also reported that this year saw the highest number of people from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, but overall this is only 7.8 per cent.
To view the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in full, click here.