Sunderland teenager in line for honour over fight against hate

Ryan Houston, marketing director for Sunderland Pride.
Ryan Houston, marketing director for Sunderland Pride.
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A TEENAGER who’s helping to stamp out prejudice on Wearside has been nominated for a national award.

As as trustee with Sunderland Pride, Ryan Houston, 19, helps to organise the city’s annual Pride festival, an annual celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender community which attracts thousands of revellers each year.

Ryan, a radio student at Sunderland University, has been nominated in the All Round Commitment to Volunteering category of the vInspired awards, the country’s biggest celebration of young volunteers.

The teenager is no stranger to the awards after being named as a regional winner for the North East in the Bringing Communities Together award category last year, for his volunteer work with the charity.

Ryan said: “I feel honoured to be nominated for the award and to be recognised for the work at Sunderland Pride.”

The star-studded vInspired awards ceremony will take place at the world-famous Roundhouse, London, in March.

Ryan will find out if he has made the national finals later in December.

The announcement comes after Sunderland Pride was short-listed in last month’s Pride of Wearside awards in the Community Group category.