Westlife’s Mark Feehily wins Diversity Award for calling for changes to surrogacy laws

Mark Feehily has won a British Diversity Award for his work campaigning for a change to surrogacy laws in Ireland and better support for LGBT+ families.

The Westlife star rarely shares an insight into his life as a dad in order to protect his young daughter’s privacy although he has campaigned prominently to change surrogacy laws.

The proud dad welcomed his little girl, Layla, alongside his fiancé Cailean O’Neill, through a surrogate in 2019. Announcing Layla’s arrival at the time, Mark said that he and Cailean were the ‘the happiest Dads in the world!’

Mark, who has been a long-standing champion of LGBT+ rights since coming out in 2005, said: ‘This is an incredible honour and the most meaningful award I have collected in my career.

Mark Feehily has won a British Diversity Award for his work campaigning for a change to surrogacy laws in Ireland and better support for LGBT+ families.

The Westlife star rarely shares an insight into his life as a dad in order to protect his young daughter’s privacy although he has campaigned prominently to change surrogacy laws.

The proud dad welcomed his little girl, Layla, alongside his fiancé Cailean O’Neill, through a surrogate in 2019. Announcing Layla’s arrival at the time, Mark said that he and Cailean were the ‘the happiest Dads in the world!’

Mark, who has been a long-standing champion of LGBT+ rights since coming out in 2005, said: ‘This is an incredible honour and the most meaningful award I have collected in my career.

The Masked Singer star added that although he’s won many awards for music during his time in Westlife, the Global Recognition Award for Diversity was ‘something special.’

Mark said he feels ‘very proud’ and hopes his win can in some way help ‘towards highlighting the issues still faced by LGBT+ families who want to start families of their own.’

‘There is still a lot to do and our work will not stop until we have achieved full equality, he added.

At the prestigious event, stars and business leaders were recognised for working to champion equality and diversity in a ceremony hosted by June Sarpong OBE.

Little Mix songstress Leigh-Anne Pinnock was also recognised for her campaigning work against racism.

The chart-topping singer received the Media Champion award for her ground-breaking BBC documentary, Race, Pop and Power which highlighted her experiences as a Black woman in the music industry. 

Another winner on the night was Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher who won the Inspirational Role Model of the Year award for his work with a number of social mobility charities.

British Diversity Awards founder, Linda Riley, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate all of the deserving winners at this year’s Burberry British Diversity Awards

‘The awards shine a light on the individuals, organisations, charities and unsung heroes who help to make the world and workplaces a better place for others across all strands of diversity.’

Source: evoke.ie

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