Marteen Pringle, who has been working to promote the rights of transgender people around Buckinghamshire has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Marteene Pringle who transitioned to a female in 2013 now works for Trans Radio UK which supports Trans rights and the positive representation of Trans people in the UK and worldwide.
The National Diversity Awards celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities tackling the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.
Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.
Marteene said she was ‘gobsmacked’ when she heard the news about the nomination.
“I was completely surprised but happy. I just want to raise awareness around issues trans people face in their day to day lives.
“There’s still a long process to get through to the award – you have to be nominated to make the shortlist
“People have to do a write a little story about me and that’s how you get on the shortlist.”
Marteene has recently been working with Facebook to help them stop people posting hateful comments aimed at transgender people online.
She said: “At the end of the day, we’re all just people – the more we understand each other and what people are going through the better we can understand each other and live in harmony.
“Me and a mixed group from the LGBTQUI community have been to the Facebook headquarters to discuss how we can stop people posting abusive messages and things like that online, aimed at transgender people.
“We’re now just putting together what we will take back to Facebook to help them implement the changes.
Marteene has done lots of work locally talking about Transgender people, and helping anyone who needs advice. She also helped out at Aylesbury ‘s PRIDE event with an impute on Trans issues, which was a resounding success.
“It’s a forum where people can ask questions and learn about transgender people and the issues they face in society.”
The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identiﬁed an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK.
If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to oﬀer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration