Lesbian activist Clare Dimyon has been awarded an MBE from the Queen this year, as Her Majesty reveals her annual birthday honours list, which awards those who have served the country well.

Dimyon, who is most famously known for her work in 2008 when she persuaded British embassies across Europe to fly the rainbow flag in order to raise awareness, after seeing the attitudes of acceptance from Soviet countries during their Pride season, was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen.

She also took part in a 10,000-mile Pride solidarity tour around central and Eastern Europe in a bid to help raise awareness around the mentioned areas.

Speaking to Diva magazine about the moment she heard about the award, she said: “I was in Riga so when the protocol office contacted me I thought I had offended an ambassador or that they were trying to tell me that a family member was dead or dying!

“I felt proud but mostly shocked, I’ve known for over a month but I still can’t get used to the idea.”

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