Gibraltar's Felix Alvarez is now an OBE

17/06/2013
Submitted by Equality Rights Group (GGR)

Gibraltar today has woken up to the news that gay and human rights activist, Felix Alvarez, founder and Chairman of Equality Rights Group (GGR) has been awarded an OBE for his work in human and civil rights on the Rock.
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, has congratulated Felix, and the Governor, Sir Adrian Johns has stated that ‘Since founding Gibraltar Gay Rights in 2000, which later became the Equality Rights Group, Felix Alvarez has been at the forefront of the campaign to raise awareness and the profile of equality and human rights. During this time important advances have been made, for example, in the rights of sexual minorities, immigrants, and in the protection of minors. He has built bridges across the community and has made an exceptional personal contribution to the promotion of equality and human rights in Gibraltar.” For his part, Mr Alvarez has thanked everyone for their kind congratulations in this nomination, adding that, ‘despite reservations with regard to the current criteria of the Honours system but for which I'm hopeful that change may be on its way, I cannot fail but recognise the affection and love which people at many levels and from different walks of life have expressed in their support and nomination. And which, as a person, I can't help but enjoy after years of difficult times; nor indeed, the importance for a community – in all sectors – which has for so long had to endure less than first class citizenship. ‘It’s not the struggle for being a ‘great Gibraltarian’ that matters, it’s the much more difficult-to-achieve (and perhaps unattainable) goal of being the littlest human being and Gibraltarian that makes a real difference. Nothing in this award will deter me from, at least, continuing to try for that honour. ‘Coming on 15th June 2013, the day of the first-ever celebration of Pride in Gibraltar, I will order that, with the superior powers vested in me by Her Majesty (and on pain of death, no less) absolutely everyone kisses, makes up and hugs! End of human strife! Let’s spread some love! Imagine there's no Heaven!’
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