National Diversity Awards

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Hello HOPEFUL friends and family

This is our annual opportunity to nominate The Give ‘em Hope Campaign for The National Diversity Awards 2014; offering us, as positive role models, alongside entrepreneurs and other organisations the opportunity to be honoured at this year’s awards ceremony at The Hurlingham Club, London on 26th September.

Vote – Give ‘em Hope Campaign (Community Organisation Award – Multi-Strand)


The National Diversity Awards in association with Microsoft has quickly evolved into the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards ceremony, gaining support from celebrities and top employers such as Lloyds Banking Group, MI5, Sky, PwC and the Financial Ombudsman Service.

A collection of some of Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people gather each year to honour the rich tapestry of our nation. The prestigious black tie event, hosted by Brian Dowling and Cerrie Burnell, showcases the extraordinary work of those who have demonstrated their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion.


So, if you wish to nominate us for any of these awards or wish to put forward an individual or our campaign, I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.



Votes and Endorsements so far –


Saturday, April 12, 2014 – “This is a unique campaign which aims to eradicate limiting labels through the use of social media tools. The campaign began on facebook and youtube and now covers all social media and has many strands to offer support and validation to anyone who may feel marginalised. The Give ’em Hope Campaign is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online video initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories. The campaign was founded by David E Watters in early 2011 and has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants.YOUTUBE CHANNEL: quiet, unassuming campaign has positively changed numerous lives across the globe.”



Sunday, June 8, 2014 – “I’m voting for the give em hope campaign, because I think it’s one of the most diverse helpful and ifluntial campaigns around its concept is amazing. ”



Sunday, June 8, 2014 – “David works so hard to do the right and proper thing for everyone. I know he is a good decent man and I would not have any trouble trusting him with anything or anyone. I am just a regular wonderful American who believes in equal rights and I wish the US did. You can probably check me out with the NSA. Mary”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “I have been a member of the group since it first formed and have found the the founder, David Watters to be very friendly and caring.”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This campaign is a positive and uplifting effort we should all support! Thank you David!”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “David has promoted this organisation consistently for years, and he is fully committed to it. It supports those a little different for whatever reason and equality for all is vital. Well done David and good luck!!”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This organisation has worked tirelessly to make vulnerable people in many walks of life feel loved, protected and cherished for who and what they are. It offers support to people when they’re sometimes at their very lowest point and full of despair and worry. The ‘Give them hope’ campaign aims to change those views by celebrating the wonderful rich diversity of this planet. I am a gay man, divorced with two grown up sons and still on the best of terms with my ex wife who remains a close friend to this day. I have been very lucky to have been accepted for what and who I am by my family and friends-many many people aren’t so lucky and live a life of fear and remorse. The message this organisation gives so strongly is that they aren’t alone!”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This is a strong campaign that has helped many people. Please honor this important initiative.”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “David & his GiveEmHopeCampaign do just that for Kids and Adults alike about the Globe.”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Because they give hope to people”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This is a very important organization that provides hope to young people. ”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “We All could use More Hope & Faith Eh ….. Keep UP the Excellent Work Eh xoxoxoxxo”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “This Campaign has been relentless in getting its message over. Mr David Watters has tirelessly kept the wheels turning on an ever expanding campaign. Lets give him the appreciation he deserves his cause!!”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “I know how committed David is to this cause.”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “It has given me hope to be who I want to be and who I am today:) nothing more needs to be said:)”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Great Cause”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Labels are limiting”



Saturday, June 7, 2014 – “Hope, a belief in a realistic, better outcome, is basic to human motivation, & can carry one through rough times.”



Sunday, May 18, 2014 – “David Watters is working tirelessly to bring this project to the widest possible audience in the widest possible range of media. Its focus on positivity, equality and justice, not negativity, separatism and point-scoring, is a highly effective strategy for disarming criticism and defusing prejudice. ”



Sunday, May 18, 2014 – “David is the reason for my vote..Everyday he brings hope and joy to each of us..we are stronger because of him”



Saturday, May 17, 2014 – “David Watters and the Give Em Hope campaign are there for young people – not only for LGBTQ, but ALL youngsters. And this campaign helps young people to feel better, more secure and prevents them from doing the worst thing … self harm , or even worse: taking their own lives. This campaign should win, because 1 young person saved is great, but we need to help and save more!”



Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – “Due to the brilliant work brought to life by the Give ’em Hope Campaign. Individuality is what makes life so great. David is an inspirational leader. The Give ’em hope campaign helps encourage people to embrace and discover who they are, and what they can achieve.”



Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – “I’m voting for the freedom to be human. David and his organization embody the universal inclination to love and be loved, no matter what the cost. That we deserve to live an authentic life filled with love, passion, for community and the desire to be a service to not only the lgbt community, but also the human community. That gets my vote every time. Simone Equality Campbell”



Sunday, May 4, 2014 – “They have done wonderful things online, reaching out to people who often need a listening ear that are in crisis.”



Friday, May 2, 2014 – “It’s a fantastic cause.”



Thursday, May 1, 2014 – “Strong support for young people at risk (LGBT statistics: 74% have suffered homophobic bullying, 25% have been physically assaulted, 50% school staff offer no support, 53% LGB have self-harmed, 76% T have self-harmed, 25% have attempted suicide, 81% suffer depression). Thanks to groups like this one to give these vulnerable young people some hope.”



Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – “Hope is like dreams coming true. The Word: Hope is beautiful.”



Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – “I Believe HOPE is Awesome and If every person would Give HOPE to at least One Person a day We May just Change someones life and They too will have HOPE .”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – “For rights that have been long over due…..”



Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – “Give’em is trully a community..more like a family that offers support and encouragment and a safe place when your other family or people in your life reject you because who you are.”



Monday, April 28, 2014 – “diversity must be normally!!!”



Monday, April 28, 2014 – “We need many more organisations like the one you’ve created here. ”



Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “it provides encouragement to trans-identified persons to live authentically.”



Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because the world needs this. ”



Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “There is a basic need to provide hope to the LGBT community. The path many walk is very treacherous, painful, hurtful. Hope gives them glimmer of light that helps them navigate a easier path. This Organization does exactly that. ”



Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because it is something I support. ”



Saturday, April 26, 2014 – “Because hope is all it takes sometimes”



Friday, April 25, 2014 – “You only have to read the comments on this site to know the hope and encouragement it gives to so many people. It is a platform to express how they feel without being judged or ridiculed.”



Friday, April 25, 2014 – “What a passionate organisation fighting for what they believe in! Lead by a driven, eloquent person who never gives up. We need more advocates like this in our world to ‘give hope’ and to make us all keep on fighting. ”



Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – “Give Em Hope proves that there are people who care!”



Monday, April 21, 2014 – “it give’s ’em hope!”



Monday, April 21, 2014 – “I have known of the Give’em Hope Campaign since David Watters started this organization in 2011. David has inspired many people and encouraged them to not let labels define them. He is a positive force for those struggling with feeling limited by labels. He gives others hope and we need that in this crazy world of ours. My vote is for the Give’em Hope Campaign because of the reasons I stated above and more. I am also an LGBT ally and advocate. I feel this organization deserves recognition as it has helped so many people. Thank you. ”



Saturday, April 19, 2014 – “Give Em Hope reaches out to all the “us-es,” as Harvey Milk would say. It offers an online home for people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities…whoever you are is welcome, and acceptance saves lives.”



Saturday, April 19, 2014 – “Diversity is important to society, offering multiple approaches to problems.”



Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “David Watters and the Give ’em Hope Campaign have been life lines for us as we have navigated becoming public. My spouse transitioned FtM 42 years ago and has been an ordained United Methodist Clergy for 32 of those years. We have needed and continue to need, the solidarity/interdependence and HOPE that this site has offered, as the powers that be would try to silence us. I am married to Rev. David E. Weekley: http://www.shermanswilderness.orgHope you give ’em the award:)”



Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “A great cause.”



Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “they do a great job”



Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – “I believe strongly in the purpose and approach of this group! ”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “The work that Give ’em Hope does is vital to young people all over the world. David’s work can be seen and felt in every young person who finds the strength to live as they are. He is a mentor to many, and an inspiration to anyone who has every met him.”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “It’s just a great page that welcome’s you know judgments it gives you people who you can be yourself with >”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This organisation is operating beyond borders and offering hope and inspiration to individuals all over the world. It offers a forum for those who may feel alone to get a sense of belonging without losing their individuality. It celebrates diversity in all its proclivities. I love that! ”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “does great work”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “I joined this group when it first began and have found it’s members to be really caring people, who will do whatever they can to help those who need help and search for and bring back whatever information they can find to help. (For more info on why I’m voting for this group, read David’s explanation of the group, below.) As interesting as some of the groups are, I find none of them to be as helpful as this one.”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “I am voting because of the outstanding service that this organization contributes to the world as a whole.It would be a travesty if they did not get this recognition that they truly merit. ”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This project is very inspirational to LGBT. The mass media don’t show enough positive role models, especially LGBT. It was therefore very apt and necessary that someone should go all out to film and collect the stories of those who have stood up for their right to love who they want in the face of adversity. The stories provide solace and identification to the LGBT who are still struggling with their sexuality and/or with the oppression around them.”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “This is such a valuable organisation which is making a real difference both online and in the community. The resources online are powerful and save lives. Everyone needs a little hope and David Watters reaches out to some of those most isolated .”



Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – “Aunique campaign which aims to eradicate limiting labels through the use of social media tools. The campaign all social media and has many strands to offer support and validation to anyone who may feel marginalised. An inspirational celebration of diversity. Real people sharing their stories…”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “Most social and hopeful community i know.Gives hope and the feeling, to be part of a family.”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “This is a great where people have wide open minds and great listeners. I feel safe every time I post comment or concern on Group. It welcomes everyone and forgives them. I do not know a lot of Campaign that are heartwarming and generous as they are. They help me find myself and understand sexuality and words that are unknown to me like transgender, transsexual, etc. I hope everyone who enters this campaign enjoys it as much as I do”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “Every body needs hope for what ever reason . The Give em hope campaign does just that. It breaks down barriers and goes a long way to putting an end to negative lables . Since its early days its been an inspirational tool to many in all walks of life and continues to be ”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “The Give ‘Em Hope Campaign does phenomenal work for marginalized populations. In today’s society, labels have power. They have the power to empower, but they also have the power to destroy. More often than not, it’s the negative side of labels that leads to tragic events like teen suicide and homelessness, and that is just not acceptable. To have a campaign in place to show these individuals that who they are is to be embraced and worthy of acceptance and acknowledgement means the possibility of saving lives. And as the great Mr. Milk said, “You gotta give them hope.” ”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “I have been a member of Give ’em Hope ever since it started, and alot of people on here had done nothing but supported me on my decisions, and have love and accepted me for who I am. Despite my autism, anxiety, and a long medical and mental health history, this campaign has helped me strive for the best in life.”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “I really would like to help GIVE’EM HOPE. I have always like the word HOPE OR DREAMS.”



Monday, April 14, 2014 – “This campaign is well focused and should be supported by all. ”



Sunday, April 13, 2014 – “The main reason I am voting is that this campaign needs more people to be aware of it. From it’s early days on YouTube, the campaign has been wonderful in giving people reassurance and support from real people with real stories. It’s so precious for the individuals involved who have shared their stories, and a source of guidance and reassurance for others who feel they are alone. The tireless work of David and his associates and their bravery in continuing to offer emotional ballast in stormy times is indispensable and needs the recognition it deserves.”

Sunday, April 13, 2014 – “This site shows love and concern for people from all walks of life. I believe this site saves lives.”




About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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