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The Michael Causer Foundation has been named as the recipient of the Gay Times Honour for Special Recognition presented by the Mayor of Liverpool.

The organisation was presented the Honour during a lavish ceremony at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool this evening, acknowledging their ongoing work to support young LGBTQ people and stamp out discrimination and hate.

Following the tragic and senseless homophobic murder of local Liverpool teen Michael Causer in 2008, the foundation was set up to provide education, motivation and accommodation for young LGBTQ people, alongside supporting those that have fallen victim to homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.

The foundation is created in partnership with Michael’s parents, Marie and Mike, who “didn’t just want a plaque on a wall,” but wanted to support young LGBTQ teens like their son that are in need of a loving hand.

“We have come a long way since Michael was killed, but there is still work to be done locally and nationally to eradicate hate crime,” said Marie Causer.

“Mike, myself, our family and The Michael Causer Foundation are pleased that Michael is being recognised in this the 10th year since his passing. This will help us continue the work our foundation does in Michael’s name.

“The Michael Causer Foundation was set up by us to create something positive out of the tragic loss of our son. Ten years on we are delighted to see his name remembered and our work continue.”

Ed Firth / Gay Times

The Gay Times Honours recognise those who have had a tremendous impact on what it means for us to live openly and freely as LGBTQ people in modern Britain.

The 13 Honourees will each receive a specially commissioned piece of artwork created by Ed Firth, which will form a 14-day exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

Gay Times Honours 2018 was hosted by Mary Mac to an invited LGBTQ audience.

Arup – the engineering and design company – is one of our major sponsors, reaffirming their commitment to the LGBTQ community.

They are joined by banking and asset management group Investec, apprenticeship and pre-employment course providers Training Strategies, and furniture and home decoration company dwell as key supporters of Gay Times Honours 2018.

Virgin Trains is our official travel partner, who rolled out the red carpet at London Euston for a very special Gay Times Honours Express service to Liverpool.

Barclays are our banking partner, following their support for Liverpool Pride earlier this year.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson backed the Gay Times Honours, reaffirming their city’s support for the LGBTQ community. What’s more, the event has also been supported by Knowsley Council.

Leading hotelier Signature Living Group is our hospitality partner and hosted the official Gay Times Honours afterparty at a Grade II listed building located at the Pier Head at world-famous Albert Dock UNESCO World Heritage site.