Trans and gay activists given honours

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A couple who set up a trans charity after helping their trans daughter win a legal battle have been honoured by the Queen.

Bernard and Terry Reed were given Orders of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The couple helped set up the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) in 1997 and Mrs Reed is a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity.

In a statement, the charity said: “GIRES wishes to record its gratitude to each and every one of the many people who contribute to its work, including its trustees, individual and corporate members, advisors, volunteers and donors, as well as those in the voluntary, government and private sector organisations with which it collaborates.

“Their sustained collective support enables the charity to continue improving the lives of trans people and their families.”

Another LGBT campaigner to receive an honour was Clare Dimyon, who was recognised with an MBE for promoting LGBT rights in central and eastern Europe.

Ms Dimyon said: “I am only a visitor and witness to the Pride parades in central and eastern Europe and the determination of LGBT people (and their friends and families) to achieve their full human rights and dignity.

“I am delighted at this recognition for the LGBT people of central and eastern Europe, it is recognition and honour they richly deserve.”

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