Three million pounds can never replace the countless nameless souls we have lost, both in the UK and around the world since formal education began, whose lives were terminally compromised by prejudice, discrimination and hate. It is to these people that I wish to dedicate my recent awards and honours, in addition to everyone who has invited me along to speak or supported my work.
While the world continues to fragment, inclusivity remains powerful, crossing both religious and political lines. We've found the work accomplished in faith schools to be the best example of this - two of this year's best practice schools identify as 99% Muslim, and have celebrated the diverse expressions of sexual orientation and gender identity that are present in the UK. It's this kind of grass roots, hands on, intersectional approach that really serves to make a difference...
I don't want to live a double life. I don't want to be involved in LGBT activism and still in the closet. I don't want to hide. So I guess, here it is, my coming out: I am Emma Healey, as it stands I am interested in women. It might stay this way - it might not. All the matters is who I am now - and that person is happy.
It is my dearest hope that this disaster will be a springboard for change, and thanks to it, maybe one day the LGBTQ+ community will get our own Selma, or 12 Years A Slave, a story that doesn't flinch away from its subject matter, that takes a stand for itself - and that truly invites everyone to stand with it.