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Rachael Padman awarded the Gay Times "Barbara Burford Honour" for STEMM

Dr Rachael Padman has received an inaugural Gay Times honour for having a ‘profound’ impact on the lives of LGBT+ people. She was named the winner of the Barbara Burford category at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Saturday, November 18 2017.

Nine Gay Times Honours were presented at the awards evening, with each category named posthumously after trailblazers such as Burford and footballer Justin Fashanu. Each person was deemed to have led a life that marked a significant milestone in LGBT+ history.

Every Honour was given to an individual who lives openly as LGBT+ and whose work has had a profound – and often unrecognised – impact on the lives of LGBT+ people. Rachael said: “It is humbling to be in the same company as activists like Euan Sutherland, Rikki Beadle-Blair and the team from EastEnders, but it’s also an affirmation that it’s possible to make a difference simply by being a visible role model in a field like physics.”

Special portraits of the prize winners by artist Matthew Stone were commissioned to mark the inaugural awards and will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery for the next two weeks.