Labour MEP Michael Cashman will be awarded a CBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.
The former EastEnders actor is one of the co-founders of Stonewall, the largest gay equality organization in the UK and Europe.
Formed in 1989, the charity is named after the Stonewall Inn of Stonewall riots fame in New York City's Greenwich Village.
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