A Newcastle choir has been recognised as the leading community group for positive LGBT+ engagement, winning a category award at the North East LGBT+ Awards 2017.
Northern Proud Voices, the region’s largest and longest running LGBT+ community choir, was awarded the ‘Building a Stronger LGBT+ Community Award’ as part of the ceremony.
The awards, organised by the Rainbow Foundation - who work to improve the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people in the North East - were held in Washington.
Northern Proud Voices is a fully-inclusive, non-audition choir that welcomes new members, of all ability.
Kathleen McDonald, Chair of NPV, was thrilled to receive the award:
"It is a huge honour to accept this award on behalf of Northern Proud Voices. Over the past six years, we have grown from a handful of members to over 100, and I am extremely proud of community we represent.”
Being able to offer an inclusive and safe social space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Newcastle is truly rewarding for myself, and very important for some of our members.
This award recognises the positive impact singing can have, and how music can bring together a significant number of the LGBT+ community.”