Kaelin Celebrated as Young Scot Diversity Award Finalist!

Equality campaigner whose direct action made a national UK bank become the first to recognise non-binary people is celebrated as a Young Scot Awards finalist.

18 year old Kaelin Farnish from Melrose was selected as a finalist in the Diversity category for this year’s Young Scot Awards. The Diversity Award recognises young people who raise awareness of culture or speak out against inequalities in their community.

An active member of LGBT Youth Scotland’s National Youth Council, Kaelin made their name as a gender equality campaigner in April 2016 when they appeared in BuzzFeed UK. Frustrated that they could not open a bank account as it meant having to state gender as either male or female, Kaelin (who identifies as non-binary) decided to speak out in national media.

"I feel even more motivated to campaign for change now"

Due to Kaelin’s direct action, Metro, a national UK bank, announced they would be the first to welcome non-binary customers and change their systems to reflect this. Kaelin’s drive and determination for equality and fairness has led to positive change which will benefit others in a similar situation. Kaelin is an inspiration to many and continues to take action and campaign for change.


Speaking after the Young Scot Awards ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday 27th of April 2017, Kaelin said:

“It was fantastic to be a finalist and get to hear the stories of so many amazing young people in Scotland. I feel even more motivated to campaign for change now and all the winners 100% deserved it.”

Tweeting from the Awards, Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland said: