The annual British LGBT Awards have taken place in London this evening. High-profile winners include Prince William, Caitlyn Jenner and Olympic diver Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black.
The glitzy ceremony took place in front of a black-tie crowd at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, central London. It was also streamed live on YouTube.
The annual awards bash have been running since 2013. They were formerly called the Out in the City/G3 awards, after the magazines that launched them. They changed their name in 2015.
This year’s event was hosted by TV presenters Alan Carr and Mel Sykes.
Prince William won for the Celebrity Ally of the Year award. He wasn’t present to collect it but sent a video message to say thank you.
Caitlyn Jenner won the ‘Loud and Proud’ award in honor of her trans advocacy work.
Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black jointly won the ‘Influencer of the Year’ award.
During their acceptance speech Lance Black called on the assembled audience to use their influence to help LGBT people in countries where they are persecuted, including Iraw and Chechnya.
Presenter Clare Balding won ‘Broadcaster of the Year, while Years and Years won ‘Music Artist of the Year’.
Screenwriter and producer Russell T Davies won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award. He used his speech to pay tribute to five Russian activists who were arrested only yesterday in Moscow for trying to deliver a petition on Chechnya to the Russian authorities.
Also honored were several corporate organizations and community groups. Soccer anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out won the ‘Charity of the Year’ award.
Below are the full list of winners.
2017 NatWest British LGBT Awards
- Broadcaster of the Year: Clare Balding
- Celebrity of the Year: Lauren Jauregui (of Fifth Harmony)
- Celebrity Straight Ally: Prince William
- Music Artist: Years & Years
- Media Moment: Rylan Clark-Neal and Dan Clark-Neal presenting This Morning
- Loud and Proud Award: Caitlyn Jenner
- Influencer of the Year: Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
- LGBT Celebrity Rising Star: Shannon Beveridge (American YouTube star)
- Lifetime Achievement: Russell T Davies
British LGBT Community and Corporate awards
- Outstanding Contribution to LGBT Life: Chardine Taylor Stone
- Company of the Year: PwC
- Corporate Straight Ally: David Bryan, Cheshire Constabulary
- Destination of the Year: Miami
- LGBT Inspirational Leader: Sue Baines, Barclays
- Diversity Champion of the Year: Samantha Jayne Nelson, Marsh UK
- Charity of the Year: Kick it Out
- LGBT Network Group: Network Rail
- Brand or Marketing Campaign of the Year: Netflix
- Corporate Rising Star: Christina Riley, Balfour Beatty
British LGBT Awards host, Alan Carr, commented: ‘It has been a fantastic night that has rightly celebrated people in the LGBT community who are making a real difference, as well highlighting the straight allies who give their much-needed support.’
Awards co-founder, Sarah Garrett MBE, said: ‘The new challenges facing the LGBT community all over the world mean that these awards are more important than ever, so it has been wonderful to celebrate such inspirational role models who send out a positive message to people everywhere that being LGBT is not and should never be a barrier to success. That is what the British LGBT Awards is all about.’
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