Jess Wood, Director of Allsorts, awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours

January 5th, 2012 by

Jess Wood MBE

A big congratulations to Jess Wood our founder and director, who was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Years Honours List for services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and young people. Jess was also recently included in the 2011 international list: ‘100 Women: The Unseen Powerful Women Who Change the World’ for her human rights work. She is both the LGBT and one of the young people’s representatives for the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum in Brighton and Hove and an equalities trainer and spokesperson.

Upon receiving the award Jess said: ‘I feel very honoured to receive such an award especially when I think of all the wonderful volunteers and workers in the community and voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove whose incredible achievements also deserve recognition. I know I am only one of many people out there fighting for a better and more just society. What pleases me most is that an MBE for any LGBT individual tells us that the state recognises that the LGBT communities matter and need specific services which the state values and honours. The letter you receive mentions the Prime Minister and the Queen – I think this shows that LGBT people really are included now in the heart of the British Establishment. Let’s hope one day, the state church finds itself able to follow liberal faith groups in the UK and acknowledge us too?’ For G-Scene’s full article on Jess receiving the MBE, click here.