The British LGBT Awards celebrate the UK’s most loved LGBT personalities, innovators and companies. Dubbed the “Gay Oscars” by the press, the awards were the most publicised LGBT event last year.
The British LGBT Awards is designed to showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGBT community. They ensure that those who go the extra mile to implement equality, opportunity and fair treatment for all, regardless of sexuality are recognised.
Previous award winners include Stephen Fry, Clare Balding, Paul O’Grady and Graham Norton. Plus Lloyds Banking Group’s Rainbow – their LGBT profession network – was awarded LGBT Network Group Award in last year’s awards.
This year, with the support of headline sponsors, NatWest, the 2017 awards will be bigger and better, reaching more people and media across the UK than ever before. 2017’s sponsors and category partners include: DWF, GMB@Work, HSBC, PwC, Royal Air Force, OutNews Global, Societe Generale, Viacom, Virgin Holidays and Inclusive Networks.
Nominations are open in all categories from 22nd September 2016.
Yet, this year, there has been a change in the way the shortlist will be announced. To reflect the great achievement of gaining recognition through nominations, each category will feature a “Top 10” of the nominees who have received the highest number of entries. Each member of the Top 10 will be a winner in their own right.
The Top 10s shortlist will be compiled from the highest number of entries and will go to public vote for public categories and be judged by an independent expert panel for corporate categories, to decide an overall winner for each category on 18th February.
Final winners will be announced at the ceremony at Grand Connaught Rooms, London on 12th May 2017.
The Award categories are as follows:
Consumer and Celebrity Award Categories
CELEBRITY RISING STAR
We are looking for an LGBT+ celebrity who this year has used their status to become a significant role model to other LGBT+ people. The individual will be ‘one to watch.’ Past winners: Kieron Richardson, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Rose & Rosie
CELEBRITY STRAIGHT ALLY
We are looking for a celebrity who has used their fame to impact LGBT+ lives. Who has demonstrated support for the LGBT+ community in some way or is a strong role model for LGBT+ people. This important award recognises and thanks those outside the LGBT+ community who support the challenges around equality and inclusion. Past winners: Joey Barton, Daniel Radcliff, Danny Dyer, Brian May
We are looking for an LGBT+ celebrity who has proven to be a positive role model for others, who has come out against adversity or who supports the LGBT+ community in a positive way. Past winners: Clare Balding, Stephen Fry, Alan Carr, Graham Norton
BROADCASTER, PRESENTER OR JOURNALIST
We are looking for an LGBT+ individual who has made an outstanding contribution to delivering subject matter, news and content. The nominees will have an influence on public views of the LGBT community through media such as online, television or publishing. Past winners: Jane Hill, Graham Norton, Evan Davis
We are looking for the most popular travel destination for LGBT+ people. Nominations should include hotspots that welcome the British LGBT+ public and are known to be gay-friendly, where locals have tolerant views on the LGBT+ community. Past winners: Los Angeles, Stockholm
CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
We are looking for a charity or community initiative that has changed and continues to change the lives of LGBT+ people. The organisation’s campaigns will have had a strong focus on the needs of LGBT+ people or raise LGBT+ awareness to wider society. Past winners: Stonewall, NSPCC’s The Safe Network, LGBT Foundation
BRAND / MARKETING CAMPAIGN
We are looking for a brand that works tirelessly and succesfully to promote themselves within the LGBT+ community in Britain. Nominations should be made based on brands that have promoted to or popular with the LGBT+ demographic. Past winners: MTV, Marriot Hotels, Channel 4
We are looking for an act of significance for the LGBT+ community which has taken place in the media, from factual events witnessed on the news or in print, to fictional events which have taken place on stage, film, TV or radio. Past winner: Boy meets Girl (BBC2)
Corporate Award Categories
CORPORATE RISING STAR We are looking for a LGBT+ individual, who has shown an impact on their company. They must be able to show examples of how they have aided change within their organisation and beyond. Past winners: Amir Kabel (Vodafone), Mark McBride-Wright (InterEngineering)
CORPORATE STRAIGHT ALLY We are looking for straight allies who have not only supported LGBT+ initiatives within their company, but have actively affected or initiated change. Past winners: Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE (Dawson Cornwell), Kurt Hess (Barclays), SQ LDR Sarah Maskell (RAF), GEN James Everard (Army)
LGBT NETWORK GROUP We are looking for new and established network groups, that can demonstrate that they are active, innovative and supportive of their LGBT+ staff, and can show a proven track record for implementing inclusion. Past winners: Lloyds Banking Group, American Express, OUT at Tesco, Society Generale
DIVERSITY CHAMPION We are looking for a LGBT+ individual who has initiated positive change within their company throughout all areas of diversity and particularly LGBT+ initiatives. Those shortlisted should demonstrate they have had a large influence on their workplace and beyond. Past winners: Liz Bingham (EY), Colin Campbell-Austin (Telegraph), Robert Kerse (Circle), Jacqui Gavin (Civil Service)
INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL We are looking for LGBT+ business leaders who have been inspirational to others and are proven to be a positive role model in their organisation and beyond. This may be through their work, values or being vocal about being LGBT+ despite adversity. Past winners: Ali Berryman (Barclaycard), Ayla Holdem (MET Police)
EMPLOYER/COMPANY We are looking for an employer who takes pride in every member of their staff and provides an environment where people can come to work and be themselves. Past winner: ASDA
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