Sunderland teenager in line for diversity award after work in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community

Ryan Houston of Sunderland Pride, who has been nominted for a national diversity award.

Ryan Houston of Sunderland Pride, who has been nominted for a national diversity award.

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A TEENAGER is hoping to celebrate success of a different kind after being nominated for a National Diversity Award.

Hard-working Ryan Houston has been put forward for a positive role model award in the LGBT category – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

The 19-year-old, who has already won a Sunderland Young Achievers award this year, said it means a lot to be acknowledged nationally.

“It’s great to be recognised on such a level,” he told the Echo. “I think the awards are quite a big deal because they are national.

“They are sponsored by companies like Sky and Microsoft – so they must be.”

Ryan started working with the LGBT community in Sunderland about two years ago, and has since been a contributor for the UK’s largest free LGBT magazine, Bent, and editor of Out-Spoken Magazine.

Community radio student Ryan also worked as a presenter for Pride Radio North East, and now works for Sunderland Pride and the LGBT Independent Advisory Group.

Ryan, whose Sunderland Pride colleague Arnie Tylor has also been put forward for an award, said it was a surprise to be nominated.

He added: “Being on the committee of the first Sunderland Pride was probably one of the best things I have done.

“To see it going from strength-to-strength and getting bigger is amazing and hopefully this year, its third year, will be bigger than ever.”

The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Brian Dowling, will be held at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, on September 20.