Peter Nugent in exuberant mood at the head of this year’s Drogheda Pride Parade on July 21st. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The founder of the Drogheda LGBTQ+ group and one of the main organisers of the Drogheda Pride Festival, Peter Nugent, has been nominated as the “Unsung Hero of the Year” in this year's GNI Magazine Awards.
Peter told Drogheda Life that he was very pleasantly surprised when he got the news in an email from Daniel May, the Operations Director of the Belfast based LGBTQ lifestyle magazine.
Mr. May told Peter that he had received multiple nominations for this year’s GNI Awards.
“I was really taken aback” Peter said modestly, “Wow! I never thought for a moment that I’d be nominated for an award in Northern Ireland. It is really nice to get this recognition though!”
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Peter has been one of the driving forces in promoting equality in the Drogheda area over the last number of years and through this work has supported and encouraged the organisers of both the Newry and Belfast Pride festivals.
He said that he was very happy with the success of this year’s Pride weekend in Drogheda which he says really put the LGBTQ community on the map locally.
“It is great to see young people being comfortable with their sexuality and receiving support from their families and the wider community” he said.
Daniel May said the aim is to make this year's awards night bigger and even better than in prior years.
“This year we will again honour people and businesses from twenty-five categories, people and businesses who have made a positive impact on our LGBTQ+ community here.
The charity partner at this year's event is The Rainbow Project whose Sustainability Officer Jayne Robinson said; "We are delighted to be the Charity Partner of the GNI awards for the 4th year running.
“Our partnership continues to grow each year, benefitting many LGB&/T people across Northern Ireland who maybe cannot make it to our centres in Derry or Belfast. We need to reach out to the more isolated members of our community and through publications like GNI MAG we are able to do that".
The GNI Awards night takes place on the 8th of November in the Crowne Plaza at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.