Thank you, but no thank you
Mary Haddock-Staniland has confirmed she has withdrawn her nomination from the New Zealand LGBTI awards event happening in November.
"After much consideration it has become clear to me that being aligned with the New Zealand LGBTI awards is no longer tenable. When I was contacted via twitter about the nomination, I was naturally surprised. And while I think my "Hero" nomination is very kind, I don't think I am qualified enough. I have done bad, this most know. But I have spent the last 12 years, putting wrong right. And the fact the organisation is coming under for fire for their lack of engagement with the wider LGBTI community, and that there seems to be melting pressure as to the event being a money making exercise, I'd rather not be involved. Thank you to everyone who voted for my nomination. All the best to those who have decided to remain involved."
The response from the organisation was, "That is an absolute shame the awards are about embracing our community and working together to effect change - we would love you to be part of this journey. We have held hugely successful awards in Australia and the UK and you will see how huge the NZ awards are set to become." Haddock-Staniland is sure the event will be a success, but doesn't want to be involved. The group went on to say, "It would be great if you would reconsider as the negative publicity is not going to stop us in our global journey to affect and influence change."
For more information, please contact Miranda Likeman, Publicist