Founded in 2012, the National Diversity Awards are the UK’s premier prestigious event that honors individuals and organizations at grassroots level who do exceptional work for their community. The awards were created after founder Paul Sesay saw a strong need to promote more role models across the country, with the aim of inspiring.
With a thousand people shortlisted for awards across the country, it’s clear that Zoey Allen has made a huge impression here in Wales and across the country. She lent her voice by openly sharing her inspiring story, with the aim of helping society become more accepting of transgender people.
By posting honest accounts of her coming out story, relationship with wife Kelly and their two children, Zoey has solidified herself as a role model. Read more: Heartstopper fans go wild as Netflix releases first series bloopers
“I’m shocked to be honest, we put ourselves forward and try to normalize trans people in families etc through our blog and social media, but for someone to name me, us, it’s one thing so kind and overwhelming to do. It’s an honour,” Zoey told WalesOnline.
“I think it’s really important to have more LGBTQIA role models, especially trans role models these days. There’s so much we’re still fighting for and so much we’re pushed back by the government and celebrities in high level, that having trans people more visible and gaining recognition is vital for queer people of the future,” she said.
“It was a shock and an honor to receive the notification and to have so many wonderful comments online when I spoke about it. I guess it’s another step for me to become more visible and to defend those who don’t can’t, so with that in mind, it means the world.”
Zoey and Kelly Allen live in Cardiff with their two children and in 2019 they made headlines when Zoey publicly came out as transgender. Since the announcement, the couple have created several projects, including their award-winning blog Our Transitional Life, which highlights the positives and negatives of transgender family life, and their KelZo jewelry line. A secret she had kept since the age of eight, Zoey finally made the transition at 38 with the full support of wife Kelly and children Molly and George.
More information on the rewards can be found here.