A Bridgend The teenager had to travel nearly 25 miles for a transgender support group – so decided to create their own to support people in a similar position.
G Williams, 17, received the highest honor a young person can earn for their advocacy or humanitarian efforts – the Diana Award.
There was no LGBT + support in Bridgend where G lived, so he went to YMCA Swansea’s LGBT + Good Vibes Youth Group every week to make friends and attend sessions.
As a transgender youth, G has become a peer educator, creating and facilitating transgender youth awareness sessions in schools, youth groups and professionals who work with youth.
One participant said: “G, thank you for being amazing, you have explained the trans world clearly, to the point and with care and consideration.”G is described as a “pillar of support” for other youth in the YMCA group, doing everything possible “to make sure that other youth feel safe, have fun and feel supported”.
This prestigious award is given to young people who have developed and inspired positive change in their community through social and humanitarian work.
Created in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the award is presented by the charity of the same name and is supported by her two sons, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.
Tessy Ojo, CEO of the Diana Award, said: “We congratulate all of our new Diana Award winners from UK and around the world who are transformers for their generation.
“We know that by receiving this honor, they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens.
“For over twenty years, the Diana Award has valued and invested in young people by encouraging them to continue to make positive changes in their communities and in the lives of others.”
The winners were nominated by adults who know young people professionally and recognize their efforts as a positive contribution to society.
Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators were required to demonstrate the candidate’s impact in five key areas: vision, social impact, inspiring others, youth leadership, and service journey.