The most ethnically diverse list of Queen’s Birthday Honours to date.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2021 is the most ethnically diverse yet, with one in every seven winners hailing from a minority group.
The percentage of ethnic minority recipients has significantly increased over the last decade, growing from 6% in 2012 to 15% this year.
Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling has been awarded an MBE for services to racial equality in sport, following controversy over England fans booing players who take a knee during games as a protest against racism.
Lemn Sissay, a poet and playwright, was also honored with an OBE for his contributions to writing and charity.
Sissay was raised in foster care and wrote about his experiences in his early life memoirs, My Name Is Why.
It’s also the first time in six years that there are more women on the list than males.
Women outweigh men for the first time since 2015, with 50.2 percent of awardees being female.
The list’s youngest star is Amika George, the 21-year-old founder of the #FreePeriods Campaign, who was awarded an MBE for services to education after fighting period poverty.
Ms. George, who is of Indian descent, said she accepted the honor in part to support “other young people, particularly from the Asian community, who may not feel very empowered politically or seen.”
“I want to teach them that your thoughts and political acts are just as valid and important as an older white male who appears to be in Parliament and has a lot more authority than you,” she said.
A total of 262 people on the main honours list have been nominated for their Covid-19-related service, accounting for 23% of the total.
Sixty-two percent of the 1,129 honorees are being recognized for their contributions to the community.
In the meantime, 9% of those honored had a disability, 17.3 percent came from a lower socioeconomic background, and 5% classified as LGBT.