The Awards Ceremony took place in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Friday 14th September. Very early that morning Stephanie Gilbert and Gail Lawrence left Cornwall for the very long drive ‘up country’ to represent Safe Haven – Cornwall at the Awards Ceremony, both feeling extremely honoured and privileged to be attending this event.
What an awesome venue. The nave of the cathedral was filled with nearly 50 tables, each seating 10, and lit primarily by the candelabras from each table. Hogwarts re-incarnated. They believed they were the only trans women there and felt extremely proud of representing a whole community, not just Safe Haven – Cornwall.
It was awesome, and extremely humbling, meeting so many people who had achieved so much over so many years in many areas of ‘diversity’. e.g. mental health, race, gender etc.
Every nominee there was up against seven others for each award. It appeared that everyone had taken the view that as chances of winning were limited and therefore determined to enjoy the night to the fullest. This was certainly very apparent at the night club visited by many after the event, but that, as they say, is a whole different story.
Our Congratulations to the winners of our Category, SAIL NI, who have been supporting family members of transgender, non-binary and questioning people across Northern Ireland since 2008.
Hopefully, Safe Haven – Cornwall will be back as nominated Finalists again next year.