Bi Olympian Nicola Adams given MBE in New Year honours list

Bisexual boxing star made history as the first woman and first openly LGBT person to win gold at Olympian level boxing

Bi Olympian Nicola Adams given MBE in New Year honours list
29 December 2012

Bisexual Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is to be rewarded with a Member of the British Empire award in this year’s New Year honours.

As the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing this year, Adams is one of 78 athletes to be recognized in the Queen’s annual list.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I cannot believe how much my life has changed’.

The 30-year-old flyweight said: ‘To think I am going to be a member of the British Empire, it’s fantastic.

‘It’s the kind of thing I used to sit and watch on the TV people being honoured, and you never think for one second that it’s actually going to be you.

‘And to think I’m actually going to be amongst all the great people that have been honoured, I think it’s fantastic.’

Just three years ago, Adams looked like she might not be able to achieve her Olympic dream.

In 2009, she cracked a bone in her back when she tripped and fell down the stairs on her way to training.

It meant Adams was bed-bound for three months and out of the ring for a year, but as soon as she could she got back up and started boxing again.

In November, Adams topped The Independent’s Pink List of 101 influential LGBT people in Britain.

Among the other gay rights advocates to be recognized this year include Stonewall’s former deputy chair Liz Grant, who was given an OBE, the UK gay rights charity co-founder Simon Fanshawe, also given an OBE, and politician, MEP, and human rights campaigner Michael Cashman, who was given a CBE.

Cashman said it was a ‘big surprise’, adding: ‘I proudly accept this honour and commit to continue the fight for equality.’

Other notable names on the honours list include cyclists Bradley Wiggins, illustrator Quentin Blake, who became knights, and Paralympian Sarah Storey and politician Margaret Becket, who became dames.



No thumbnail available

Oklahoma tornado, killing up to 91, blamed on gay Jason Collins

Westboro Baptist Church is believed to be getting ready to protest the funerals of those killed by the 200mph winds
No thumbnail available

J Crew publishes photos of gay nuptials

The American fashion brand reiterates its support for gay couples, this time with a profile of two men who said 'I do' in J Crew
No thumbnail available

UK government slammed for breaking pledge not to deport gay asylum seekers

Deportation of LGBT refugees to countries where they face violence continues, despite UK government pledge of being a safe haven
No thumbnail available

First official trailer for Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game released

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film as the gay World War 2 genius
No thumbnail available

Brunei delays punishing gay sex with death by stoning

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality
No thumbnail available

Pakistan gets its first LGBTI themed book for children

‘My Chacha is gay’ is the first book aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance of LGBTI people to children in Pakistan
No thumbnail available

New biography claims Putin is gay

A Moscow scientist has caused outrage by claiming a rumored affair the president had with an Olympic gymnast was a ploy to hide his 'real' sexuality
No thumbnail available

Tom Daley reviews 2014 on YouTube

From getting ready for Wimbledon to a chicken hat, 2014 was good to Tom Daley
No thumbnail available

Glenn Beck calls Russian homophobia ‘hetero-fascism’

Conservative radio host Glenn Beck has declared the climate of homophobia in Russia to be ‘hetero-fascism,’ likening it to Nazi Germany, and says he will stand with gay activists against it
No thumbnail available

Bill O'Reilly says Glee could lead kids to experiment with being gay or transgender

'A lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are'