shortlisting for my NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD nomination depends upon many things including the endorsements that people leave for me. Below are a selection of the incredibly generous things that people have said so far.
Here’s where to leave your endorsement for my NDA nomination: https://t.co/y61jCDU4vR
I’m only a vote whore because it will help me to carry on and do more of my diversity work…every vote counts and your support is so appreciated.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – “David has been a shining example of hard work,compassion, love and caring,not only for the lgbt community, but for all individuals who feel descriminated against and alone. He reaches out across the world to make a difference. He is inspiration personified!”
Friday, March 6, 2015 – “For his tireless work with multiple organizations, his neverending passion to educate, inspire and enlighten communities. “
Monday, March 2, 2015 – “A true inspiration to all!”
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “David was my teacher for a couple of years at stagecoach theatre school andover. He was an amazing teacher always encouraging everyone to be themselves and not listen to criticism from others. He always gave everyone a fair chance and was very welcoming. “
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “David has a wonderful sense of dedicated to his work within equality for all. Man who has inspired me to reach my goals, and manh more. David has a wonderful way with people, in my opinion this award should be known as the David E. Watters Award. “
Monday, February 23, 2015 – “David is a kind and gentle man who gives of his time freely. He is generous in spirit and a great listener encouraging others to grow in themselves and live their life authentically while acknowledging the obstacles and challenges that they face.”
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – “he is a great guy, always giving back, making a difference.. “
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – “I’ve known David for over 20 years. He is among the most sincere, loyal and loving people I have ever met. He is somebody you can count on; he doesn’t lie or pretend to be somebody that he isn’t. He is humble and modest and never considers himself above another human being. He shows empathy and compassion and inspires trust. When I think of David, I am inspired with a great feeling of love. And he has a good sense of humour, no matter the adversities that he has had to face in his own life, he has a good sense of humour. He knows how to be human and understands that we all are human too… All of that for me, is what makes him one of the best positive role models who I know. Sincerely, Rachel Norwood”
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – “Never blend is a superb project “
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – “I was approached by David to be part of his Never Blend In book and talk about my experiences from being from a small town to moving to a big city and especially changing attitudes within a Transport related organisation. As a trustee of 17-24-30 I approached David about speaking at one of our Hate Crime Vigils as I was impressed by his professionalism and tenacity and I know that he is a very inspirational speaker. His Give Em Hope campaign is fantastic and I was particularly pleased when I was invited to provide a video for the campaign and also wha the campaigns aspirations are. David has worked tirelessly to support, develop and profile issues for all diversity groups. Whilst saying David is a people person may sound cliche’d its true, his personal manner, solutions based approach to issues and how creative these can be, make him a perfect choice for this award. He treats people with respect and is a pleasure to work alongside. He is professional and knowledgeable whilst striking a balance of friendliness and good humour into the mix. He has presence and speaks with authority and commands respect from his peers. A positive role model who models best practice in terms of if he says he is going to do it, he does it! Just look at the Give Em Hope Campaign and the Never Blend In Book as two examples of this. He will always do all in his power to make good on a promise. He is generous with all of the previous mentioned and his time and this strong work ethic is what allows him to deliver what he sets out to do! David is a pleasure to work with and I am glad that I can call him a friend and am honoured to know him. He is truly deserving of a role model award. “
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – “His work is so important to LGBT youth. We need more people like him. He should be recognized for his outstanding work.”
Sunday, February 15, 2015 – “Tirelessness, Humor, and Acceptance. Never why … always why not.”
Saturday, February 14, 2015 – “David Waters is an inspirational man. He cares deeply about diversity and has been the driving force in building a supportive offering for LGBT individuals. He has made a difference to many.”
Friday, February 13, 2015 – “I don’t actually know Mr Watters personally, but I follow his Give ‘Em Hope page on FB and am just always impressed with his constant positive presence and unflagging encouragement and support. “
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – “Could say a lot about David, about all the years i know him and see, what amazing work he do, hes a social Role Model in many ways.He is it at his job, for many many young people, his partnership and for example Never Blend In and Give ém hope campain.I am so proud to know him and follow him since years on fb. He teached me a lot about equality, patience, friendship and whats family meand to be.”
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – “David deserves to get an award in his own right he did receive and award last year for the Give em Hope Campaign. But this is just the tip of the ice burg of who David is and stands for weather its in his work as a teacher or his book or the campaign or his home life David never stops promoting equality and this is for everyone not only the LGBT community but EVERYONE. He wont stop he is so passionate on this subject he is a great role model to me and many other people. 03/02: David to me is a positive role model in the LGBT community and beyond. He is nurturing supportive and a very positive person he does not discriminate in anyway. His role in the Give em hope campaign is evidence in its self for the good work he does but I feel he deserves an award in his own right.”
Monday, February 9, 2015 – “From the moment I read David Watter’s words on a Face Book post, I knew he would be a force to be reckoned with. His continuous support and encouragement is evident on his public pages, and in his private notes. David chooses to share most of his daily life with us and by doing so shows that he faces the same struggles we do. From a terrible commute, to a head cold and through to an equality march; his charm, charisma and true gift of belief that there is a place for everyone, David is the man I would love for our children to emulate. He truly is the example of “practice what you preach” All of us can learn from the glimpse into his life he offers daily. For our family, David has been a source of both information and inspiration. He has offered encouragement, support and advice to our daughter with her writing and has been an unending blessing to my husband and I as we learn to deal with our uniquely gifted son. Knowing that David is willing to provide so much of himself to those who need him is a comfort that almost cannot be described. Would that there were more men and women like him! If I were to choose someone to emulate, it would be David Watters, I try each day to recall something he has said and work to live out that truth.. Thank you David, for all you have done and continue to do in order to Give ‘Em Hope! “
Sunday, February 8, 2015 – “David Watters is the most engaging person I know on FB. He seems to just bubble over with kind words, encouraging thoughts and seems to always think of the other person first. I know I always feel better after having a chat with David.”
Sunday, February 8, 2015 – “The sheer amount of work and time David has committed to achieving LGBT equality is staggering. I fully supported the Equal Love campaign in its efforts to achieve same sex-marriage, and David’s hard work no doubt contributed to this success. I’ve never been someone who’s afraid of being different – I’ve been proud of it, in fact – but many do and I can’t stress enough the value of that message – what David is doing by spreading it to people across the country, young and old, is of vital importance. The particular educational focus of David’s work is the key reason I’m voting for him above others. Sex education at my schools – primary and secondary – were awful when it came to LGBT matters. There was brief reference to gay sex in the form of warning men how they might be raped; there was nothing about consensual relationships, and no mention of lesbian, bisexual or transgender sex/relationships whatsoever! I am determined that the next generation receive a far better education, and David is contributing to this. I’m only too pleased to give him my vote.”
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “Read his bio – David tells us what we need to know. He is the knowledgeable fellow when it comes to knowing about living as a gay man. Simply live as a man and the gay part will take care of itself. Your family giving you difficulties because if your “gayness”? David can help you either get them on your side or learn to live with them as they are. (wishing I could come up with more words to help David – I just can’t seem to find the words to tell people about my friend, David!)”
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “www.shermanswilderness.org “
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – “David Watters is a selfless advocate for transgender rights, and safety.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has such passion for breaking down the barriers that exist within society – not just actual barriers but perceived ones as well. He is supportive, caring and friendly but also driven to face up to inequality of opportunity.I’m not sure if he knows this, but he was rather influential in my decision to come out as openly transgender, and at one level that decision changed my life, and at another it didn’t change it at all!I believe that David realises what many people in my situation don’t – that labels that stereotype people are psychologically damaging and unhealthy, and serve no purpose. The real thing is that sometimes the fear that arises from being labelled as something can be debilitating for the individual. David helped me break through that fear and after opening up to one and all about my need to live as a woman, I found that the wider community was very accepting; up to that point I had been afraid for over 40 years of not being accepted.David is a groundbreaking individual who really does believe in the person, not how they’ve been labelled by others. The time and effort that he puts into his equality programmes is amazing, and he single-handedly raises awareness of diversity and equality issues to a wider public.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has a heart of gold and wants only good for those he supports and makes contact with. He is passionate about diversity and equality.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “David has proved himself to be a role model to many diverse groups of people but his actions, not just spoken words. He gives his whole heart and spirit to help and to educate the world about equality,love, kindness, respect. In his efforts to follow in the footsteps of such great leaders as Harvey Milk and MLK,Jr., He shines above all by unselfishly giving hope to anyone who feels hopeless and alone. If anyone deserves this award, he certainly does!”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “The concise version of my reason for voting for David, he is a positive role model. If I have to elaborate, amongst his many personal traits he is, modest, patient, and caring. He also possesses the ability to listen to and communicate with people from all backgrounds and walks of live. He is an all round great guy and in my humble opinion I can not think of anyone who deserves the award more than him.”
Thursday, February 5, 2015 – “Nominating Mr. Watters because of the work he does in several Facebook and other web pages. Seems like everyday I find another page he’s done, where he’s helped another person, usually a young man or woman who couldn’t go home. Even if they believe in themselves, the rest of the family doesn’t believe in them.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “David is quite simply one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. He is a superb teacher, not only for his subject knowledge, but for his care and passion and his extraordinary ability to work with some incredibly judgemental children! Not only that, but his tireless work with Never Blend In and Give ‘Em Hope has given so much hope and support to people – and perhaps more importantly, a voice that they recognise to realise that they are not alone and that even if they cannot find support within their own lives, there is still support out there for them.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “Pioneer in International LGBT Social Media collectives. #NeverBlendIn”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – “Though I have never met David in person, and he is “just” a Facebook friend, he has had a profound influence on my life and the way I perceive people and situations.”
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – “I am nominating David E. Watters for this award for the very simple reason that he speaks out on issues that others would prefer not to hear about. In spite of his rigorous work routine, he continues to support those who are different and down-trodden in our modern society. In an age where civil partnerships and gay marriage are widely accepted by most of society, many of those who these modern day institutions were designed to help find themselves marginalised by their own fears of being different. David reaches out to these people, he makes them believe in themselves as individuals, which is a wonderful achievement in itself. I believe that David knows his work will never be finished, that he must plough on helping every new and disenchanted, disillusioned, and disenfranchised soul that he comes across, in the hope of giving them a clearer and happier path forward to a complete and individual life.”
DAVID E WATTERS, is a teacher, motivational speaker and writer; a passionate equality advocate, committed to enhancing the lives of young people and adults who may feel marginalised or limited by labels.
He is director of NBI Associates, an inclusion-focussed specialist training company with a reputation for providing organisations with the tools to achieve meaningful and lasting cultural change.
He is currently completing his book NEVER BLEND IN, an accessible and powerful toolkit for living unlimited; candid stories and wise words which encourage, inspire, uplift and give hope to those who need it most, those who may feel disenfranchised or who may lack self-belief.
This ground-breaking, vital book of exclusive celebrity and deeply personal non-celebrity testimonies is aimed primarily at a young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning audience, but it is also of great value to educators, parents, family and mental health professionals seeking insight into the LGBTQ experience.
Role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency services, politics, religion and sports have participated in this much needed discourse to illuminate the reader’s journey of self-discovery and to illustrate that living a life unlimited by labels will lead to personal, professional and spiritual fulfilment.
As a teacher, he is committed to developing the whole person through creatively challenging students to embrace their unique value, and that of others, to encourage them to fulfill their full potential. He is nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015, for his contribution to enhancing the diversity agenda within education. He has coordinated an annual Pro-Equality Festival since becoming a full-time teacher and, as a Diversity Coordinator, he has devised and delivered cultural change initiatives for staff and students which focus on creating an inclusive and cohesive learning community.
Since graduating from The Institute of Education, University of London, David has gone on to train as a mediator, and is a qualified facilitator for The Pacific Institute.
Watters is also the founder and coordinator of the inclusive, inspirational and international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; an online initiative which utilises all available social networks to encourage and uplift those who doubt their validity, feel isolated or limited by labels, through the sharing of written and video testimonies. The campaign was honoured at the National Diversity Awards 2014 when it won the Community Organisation Award (Multi-Strand).
Watters was a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK; taking the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights in 2010 and successfully achieving MARRIAGE Equality for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.
His passion and expertise has brought many opportunities to write and speak on social change and his book, NEVER BLEND IN, brings together this wealth of experience and the voices of those whom he has met along the way.
“Within both Academic and Corporate settings, my greatest passion has been to support and nurture all colleagues and learners through the development of innovative inclusion strategies utilising differentiated methods within planning, delivery and assessment and through the development, delivery and implementation of agreed cultural enhancement objectives.
Prior to my current role at EHS, I was Course Leader for Music Performance (Department Graded as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted in 2014) and Diversity Coordinator within Further Education, delivering staff CPD on the Equality Act 2010 to Academic and Business staff. Freelance, I have delivered similar training in a workshop setting or as a speaker and have a reputation for providing academic and corporate organisations with the tools to achieve meaningful and lasting cultural change.
Additionally, I am currently promoting the inclusive and internationally acclaimed Give ’em Hope Campaign (http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html) which was designed to encourage and uplift those who may feel limited by labels. As a motivational speaker, I have shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell, have spoken on Achieving Authenticity at London Metropolitan Archives, on Living Unlimited at the LGBTQGA, and, as a supporter of 17-24-30, I have spoken at NO TO HATE in Trafalgar Square, London.
A background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Equality Legislation and Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, enhance every aspect of my work as an educator and educational manager.”
If you never click this link, you’ll never know what all the fuss is about! https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/Endorse/21141?name=David%20e%20Watters