Little Mix and Ellie Goulding were among the celebrity allies to collect prizes at the 2019 British LGBT Awards on Friday night.
Famous faces from far and wide turned up to the award show in London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square to celebrate the effort of those advancing the rights of the LGBT+ community.
The star-studded ceremony, hosted by Kelly Osbourne, annually recognises people and organisations who help further LGBT+ acceptance.
Sex and the City actress-turned-political-campaigner Cynthia Nixon was awarded Celebrity of the Year after using her platform to be vocal about marriage equality and LGBT+ visibility.
She accepted her award via a video link, while Paul O’Grady, who rose to fame with drag character, Lily Savage, was awarded with the Trailblazer accolade.
Celebrity Big Brother winner and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act was recognised with the Media Moment accolade.
The 37-year-old Australian-born emerged as one of the strongest contemporary voices for LGBT+ rights especially after winning the British reality TV show with 49.43% of the final public vote.
Stephen Fry was prized with the Lifetime Achievement award for his lifelong record of championing LGBT+ rights and fight against mental health stigma.
His award was presented by Emeli Sande who described him as a ‘hero of the people fighting inequality and discrimination all over the world.’
Bisexual athlete Nicola Adams, who is Great Britain’s most successful female boxer of all time, scooped the Sports Personality award and former Disney actor-turned-popstar, Hayley Kiyoko, was presented with the MTV-sponsored Music Artist prize.
Things got a little exciting when TV presenter Anna Richardson of Channel 4’s Naked Attraction and the Editor-in-chief of gal-dem and contributing editor of Elle UK, left both sharing the Broadcaster or Journalist of the Year award after a public vote that was too close to call.
Speaking of the event Marjorie Strachan, of British LGBT Awards founding partner, NatWest, said: ‘The awards are about more than recognising the nominees and winners, they are about creating a change in attitudes towards diversity and inclusion in every part of the UK. This is something that we are committed to, and proud to celebrate.’
Meanwhile, Sarah Garrett MBE, founder of the British LGBT Awards, added that ‘every year the British LGBT Awards gets bigger and better.’
She continued: ‘Each and every one of our winners and nominees continue to make the world a better place for the LGBT+ community, using their platform to advance the rights of our community and educate people in Britain and beyond about the need for equality.’
Winners list for 2019 British LGBT Awards
Winner: Stephen Fry
Winner: Paul O’Grady
Winner: Nicola Adams OBE
Winner: Hayley Kiyoko
Winner: Cynthia Nixon
LGBT+ Celebrity Ally
Winner: Ellie Goulding
Winner: Courtney Act
LGBT+ Online Influencer
Winner: Calle y Poché
Winner: Little Mix
LGBT+ Broadcaster or Journalist
Joint Winners: Liv Little and Anna Richardson
Winner: Munroe Bergdorf
Brand or Marketing Campaign
Spotify: Pride Stories
LGBT+ Charity or Community Initiative
Winner: LGBT Youth Scotland
LGBT+ Future Leader
Winner: Jemma Kameen, Sainsbury’s
LGBT+ Network Group
Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life
Winner: Peter Tatchell
Geffrye Parsons, Macquarie Group
Winner: Jim Herbert, Aon
Winner: David Pearson, KPMG
Inclusive Employer or Company
Winner: Vodafone Group
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