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Beckenham sixth former's equality campaigning praised by Sir Ian McKellen

PUBLISHED: 15:56 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 03 June 2016

Sir Ian McKellen was also in Sidcup this week

Sir Ian McKellen was also in Sidcup this week

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Charlotte Llwellwyn is a student at Harris Federation Sixth form

A 16-year-old sixth form student in Beckenham has been praised by legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen after she campaigned for LGBT support at her school.

Charlotte Llwellwyn campaigned as part of the Stonewall Youth Volunteering Programme, set up by LGBT equality charity, Stonewall.

She was rewarded for her campaign work on her school’s policies and practices at the Stonewall Youth Awards.

Miss Llwellwyn was commended by the co-founder of the charity, known for his roles as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X Men, as well as his works on the stage.

After praising the teenager’s hard work, Sir Ian said: “Lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality has travelled a long journey in this country and Stonewall has led the way.

“But there is still so much left to do, both in Britain and across the world.

“No same sex marriage yet in Northern Ireland. 40 Commonwealth countries still criminalise homosexuality. 20 per cent in UK think homosexuality is not “acceptable”. There is much work left for Stonewall and the rest of us to do.”

“Nothing though is more important than to continue to enable young people to have a voice, their own voice: to empower themselves and their kind, however they define themselves.”

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