Peterborough student receives Stonewall youth campaigner award from TV presenter Gok Wan

Sirina-Monique with Gok Wan
Sirina-Monique with Gok Wan

A Peterborough student received an award from television presenter Gok Wan after being named Youth Campaigner of the Year by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity Stonewall.

Eastfield resident Sirina-Monique Prescod-Sebastian (19) who attends Peterborough Regional College, won the title after writing, recording and creating a music video for a rap tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

She also helped train teachers at her college on tackling homophobic language and met with its senior staff to discuss equality and diversity issues within it.

Christian Webb, a student from Swansea, jointly won the award with Sirina for his work tackling discrimination in his old Sixth Form college.

The award was handed out on Friday, April 24.

Wayne Dhesi, youth coordinator at Stonewall, said: “Sirina-Monique and Christian have both done an outstanding job and we’re thrilled to name them Stonewall’s 2015 Young Campaigners of the Year.”

It’s inspiring to speak with and meet so many passionate, driven young people.

Gok Wan

Gok Wan, who hosted ‘How to look good naked’, said: “It’s inspiring to speak with and meet so many passionate, driven young people who want to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans children.

“Stonewall’s youth outreach work is so important and I’m delighted to be a part of that at this year’s Youth Awards.”

Alison Brittain, director for retail at Lloyds Banking Group, which supports the awards, said: “It was an inspiration to meet so many young volunteers who are passionate about eradicating homophobia in their communities.”