Labour Party in Wales launches an LGBT rights award in memory of trans activist

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Lisa Power, who helped to found Stonewall, which is currently the biggest LGBT charity in Great Britain, was awarded by UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.  The Lily Summers Award for LGBTQ activism is named after transgender Labour activist who passed away last year. Corbyn congratulated Power and shared with Welsh Labour’s conference their time campaigning against the law which banned so-called promotion of homosexuality in 1980s. Power previously served as General Secretary of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, she was the first openly lesbian woman to speak at the UN and to raise the question of LGBT rights there. In 2011 she was awarded as the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her charity activity. This time she receives one more prestigious award. In her acceptance speech she said: “The love that people have for Lily is still palpable in Welsh Labour. “I think it’s incumbent on you to continue working, supporting the aims and beliefs of the person that the award is in the name of, and I want to do that for Lily Summers. It’s important that we show that feminist lesbians like me are standing up for trans rights. There are people who are trying to divide communities. I won’t have it. All of our rights are important.”

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