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Playboy, Justin Trudeau, Laverne Cox among British LGBT Award winners

Playboy, Justin Trudeau, Laverne Cox among British LGBT Award winners

Playboy Bunnies - the company won at the British LGBT Awards

The 2018 British LGBT Awards took place today (11 May) at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London.

Awards are given to people in recognition of their work to advance LGBT+ rights.

Among the winners were Playboy, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Laverne Cox.

Trudeau won for Media Moment when he apologized to his country’s LGBTQ2 community for ‘unjust treatment’.

He recorded his thank you speech and said: ‘In Canada and around the world, pride in who we are, our identity, and who we love, makes us strong. Our diversity grows stronger communities and pushes us toward better futures for everyone.’

Sir Richard Branson won the Special Recognition Award for his diverse employment policy and public backing of same-sex marriage.

In his acceptance speech, he said: ‘In places like Africa and the Far East, the battle’s far from won. I was recently in Uganda, where gay people are put into prison for life. The important thing is that we all now turn our attention to countries that are prosecuting and imprisoning gay people – and even executing gay people.’

GSN's Jamie Tabberer and Connor Franta
GSN’s Jamie Tabberer and Connor Franta | Photo: Provided

The full list of winners

Special Recognition Award: Sir Richard Branson

Loud and Proud Award: Julian Clary

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sandi Toksvig

Metro Guilty Pleasures Award: Calum Scott

LGBT+ Celebrity: Laverne Cox

MTV Music Artist: Jess Glynne

Virgin Atlantic Celebrity Ally: John Bishop

Broadcaster or Journalist: Sue Perkins

Media Moment: Justin Trudeau apologizes to LGBT+ community

Online Influencer: Connor Franta

Park Plaza Brand or Marketing Campaign (TIE): Playboy and YouTube

Charity or Community Initiative: Pride in London

2CITIES1BREAK Top LGBT+ Destination: Tel Aviv

MI5 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life: Susie Green, CEO, Mermaids

Corporate Straight Ally: Peter Madden, Arcadis

Diversity Champion: Joanna Walker, Virgin Money

Inspirational Leader: Pips Bunce, Credit Suisse

Corporate Rising Star: Jonathan Andrews, Reed Smith

Network Group: KPMG Breathe

Employer or Company: MI5

 What it means for Playboy to win

GSN spoke to LGBT Awards CEO Sarah Garrett at the ceremony about Playboy’s win.

‘That category is voted on by the public,’ Garrett said. ‘Playboy has been trying to change what they’re doing, and they’re global reach is also probably why they got the votes. They’ve done good stuff around changing their image.’