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Peter Tatchell Wins Lifetime Achiever Award, National Diversity Awards 2012
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Cut and pasted from the Peter Tatchell Foundation website:

Peter Tatchell won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the National Diversity Awards ceremony in Manchester last Friday, 21 September.

The National Diversity Awards recognise contributions to equality and diversity in the fields of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

After receiving a standing ovation, Peter Tatchell dedicated his acceptance of the award to “the courageous human rights campaigners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Far more than me, these people have risked their lives and liberty to defend human rights - often at great personal cost. Their heroism is a true inspiration. I walk in their shadow. I salute their courage.”

In his acceptance speech, which paid tribute to his fellow nominees, Peter Tatchell said:

“I do my bit for human rights, as do many of you and many, many others. Together, we make the change.

“In my 45 years of human rights campaigning I have worked with so many extraordinary, amazing, inspiring people. I couldn’t have done half of what I’ve done without their support. To work with them has been a truly great honour and privilege.

“I’d like to dedicate my acceptance of this award to the courageous human rights campaigners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Far more than me, these people have risked their lives and liberty to defend human rights - often at great personal cost. Their heroism is a true inspiration. I walk in their shadow. I salute their courage.

“One simple idea has guided my human rights activism: Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream of what the world could be - and then help make it happen.”

Read the full story here:
http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/aids/tatchell-dedicates-award-african-campaigners

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